Economics in Plain English – The Atlantic

What Is Money?

No, seriously, what *is* money? 


How the U.S. Economy is Like a Casino

How the U.S. Economy is Like a Casino

A quick explainer on monetary policy

Are the Rich Getting Too Much of the Economic Pie?

Are the Rich Getting Too Much of the Economic Pie?

Inequality explained in pie charts (made of actual pie)

Are Machines Really Taking Our Jobs?

Are Machines Really Taking Our Jobs?

A brief history of technological progress and why it's not necessarily a bad thing

Are Bottomless Drinks Good Business?

Are Bottomless Drinks Good Business?

A story of loss leaders, irrational consumers, and infinite mimosas

Why Is Bottled Water So Expensive?

Why Is Bottled Water So Expensive?

Business editor Derek Thompson looks at how such a simple commodity became as pricey as soda. 

Economics in Plain English: Introducing <em>The Atlantic</em>'s Video Explainer Series nikcname/Flickr

Economics in Plain English: Introducing The Atlantic's Video Explainer Series

Why does bottled water cost so much money? Are the machines really taking our jobs? What is money, anyway? Here, let us tell you.

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Afghanistan: The Long Withdrawal

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