What really drives you crazy about waiting in line (it actually isn’t the wait at all)
The weird psychology of waiting in line, explained
November 27, 2015

The weird ways the weather makes you buy things you didn’t plan to
Weather has a surprising influence on what you buy.
November 25, 2015

How the Islamic State makes its money
How the Islamic State became the best-funded terrorist organization the U.S. has ever confronted.
November 18, 2015

Why men should also worry about waiting too long to have kids
Men get better at a lot of things with age. Making babies isn’t one of them.
October 27, 2015

What America’s immigrants looked like when they arrived on Ellis Island
America’s diversity captured in photos of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island
October 24, 2015

These researchers have discovered the perfect password that’s also easy to remember
They even have a certain beauty
October 22, 2015

The future of fantasy sports hinges on whether winners are skilled — or just lucky
This one question could decide the future of fantasy sports betting.
October 19, 2015

Oddly captivating photos show what happened to all those Pizza Hut restaurants
The enduring nostalgia of Pizza Hut architecture
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, Oct 15, 2015

Why trying to help poor countries might actually hurt them
Nobel-winning economist Angus Deaton argues against giving aid to poor countries
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, Oct 13, 2015

What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like
A series of paintings from around the turn of the 20th century provides a fantastic vision of the future
October 4, 2015

Donald Trump’s first Cabinet pick is just as controversial as he is, and a lot richer
Meet the ruthless billionaire investor Donald Trump wants for his Cabinet.
September 29, 2015

The big myth about refugees
Refugees can be an investment, rather than a burden
September 10, 2015

A new book answers why it’s so hard for educated women to find dates
Dating in America is completely unfair
August 26, 2015

The world has a bigger problem than China’s currency devaluation
There are bigger issues lurking behind China’s recent action
August 14, 2015

What it means to ‘sound gay’
What the way we talk says about gay pride and lingering prejudice
July 28, 2015

A stunning new look from space at nature, North Korea and Chipotle
Satellite photos reveal surprising insights about the economy
July 23, 2015

Why leaving the euro could be a nightmare for the Greeks
The experience of “dollarized” countries around the world holds a powerful lesson
July 9, 2015

Why one lesson of Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ will touch adults so much more deeply than kids
The science of feeling happy and sad at the same time
July 8, 2015

The forgotten origins of Greece’s crisis will make you think twice about who’s to blame
The Greeks walk into a bar
July 1, 2015

What the aftermath of the Charleston shootings looked like through the eyes of a little girl
How a 4-year-old from the Bronx became part of an iconic photo showing hope and resilience after the shootings
June 26, 2015

Meet the world’s biggest stock market bubble since the dot-com boom
Five facts about China’s scary stock market bubble
June 24, 2015

Meet the Web site where start-up dreams go to die
These are the Kickstarter projects that literally nobody would invest in
June 16, 2015

Powerful images show what it’s like to read when you have dyslexia
A design project tackles the frustration of living with a learning disability
June 10, 2015

Why disruption happens a lot less often than CEOs think
America’s biggest corporations have less to fear than they have in decades.
June 9, 2015

What to say — and what not to say — on a first date, according to science
There’s a science to all this awkwardness
June 5, 2015

Quiz: Can you tell these 16 cities by their skylines?
How much do you really know about the world’s big cities?
May 27, 2015

What your name tells us about your age, where you live, your political leanings and your job
There’s more in a name than you might think
May 26, 2015

Stunning photos show why S. Korea is the plastic surgery capital of the world
“As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be someone else”
May 16, 2015


The mathematically proven winning strategy for 14 of the most popular games
May the odds be ever in your favor
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, May 8, 2015

A powerful reddit thread reveals what it’s like to have a disability
14 things people with disabilities want you to know about how to treat them
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, April 24, 2015

How a transgender teen’s death powered a movement against ‘conversion therapy’
Is treating “unwanted homosexuality” in minors therapy, or child abuse?
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, April 13, 2015

How the U.S. spends more helping its citizens than other rich countries, but gets way less
A study says that the real waste in the U.S. system does not come from welfare programs.
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, April 9, 2015

The entire world fits in New York City
An amazing thought exercise looks at the size and dimensions of humanity
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, April 2, 2015

Map quiz: How well do you know the American landscape?
Can you recognize America’s landscape, reduced to only one feature?
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, April 2, 2015

How China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th Century
How the craziest statistic about China turned out to be true
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, March 24, 2015

How statisticians uncovered the world’s missing migrants
An amazing graphic captures five years of global migration between 50 countries
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, March 16, 2015

Is The UK ‘Accommodating’ China By Joining Its New Investment Bank?
Forbes, March 15, 2015

10 stunning images show the beauty hidden in pi
Data art celebrates the magical, mathematical and infinite constant of pi
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, March 14, 2015

Saying yes to a $1,357 dress: What Americans spent on weddings in 2014
Rising wedding costs suggest a strengthening economy
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, March 13, 2015

A data genius computes the ultimate American road trip
Who needs an atlas when you have an algorithm?
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, March 10, 2015

Chelsea Clinton on why women in the U.S. shouldn’t mistake progress for success
The vice chair of the Clinton Foundation talks about maternity leave, educating girls and the Fortune 500’s gender problem
The Washington Post, March 10, 2015

Map: The salary you need to buy a home in 27 US cities
The most expensive and cheapest cities, and everything in between.
The Washington Post, March 8, 2015

How a dog sees a rainbow, and 12 other images that explain how we see color
These fascinating images show how color is in the eye of the beholder.
The Washington Post, March 9, 2015

12 fascinating optical illusions show how color can trick the eye
It’s not just the dress. These optical illusions show that color can be a tricky concept
The Washington Post, February 27, 2015

What China’s Growing Appetite For Pork Means For The Environment
Forbes, February 27, 2015

Map: Who’s hiding the most money in secret Swiss bank accounts?
The Washington Post, February 18, 2015

The Broken Economics Of India’s Aam Aadmi Party
Forbes, February 16, 2015

Kurt Vonnegut graphed the world’s most popular stories
The writer called it “his prettiest contribution to culture”
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, February 9, 2015

China’s Increase in Debt is Massive and Unsustainable
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, February 11

China Is Growing At Its Slowest Pace In 24 Years, And That’s A Good Thing
Forbes, January 21, 2015

The best way to end an awkward conversation, according to statistics
A more rigorous way to get out of those awkward exchanges
Storyline, The Washington Post, January 5, 2015

The U.S. is about an unequal today as the U.K. was during Downton Abbey
The class-ridden society of early 20th Century Britain may be capturing American imaginations for a reason
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, January 5, 2015

The real cost of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? $27,673
Economists calculate how much a partridge in a pear tree et. al. cost in 2014
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, December 25, 2014

How tiny, individual biases have huge cumulative effects on racial segregation
Even very small individual biases can result in a large collective effect
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, December 9, 2014

Many high-achieving women don’t plan to give up their careers for their family – but it happens anyway
Men are more likely to think that their careers will take precedence. More often than not, they are right
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, December 8, 2014

What women can bring to the dismal (and sexist) science of economics
Economics has a problem with women
Forbes, December 8, 2014

Eight Innovative Industries China Does Better Than Anywhere Else
Amid the gritty business of global supply chains, some Chinese industries are developing surprisingly innovative services and products
Forbes, November 30, 2014

Why China’s single people need a hug, a donut — and Alibaba
Today was Singles Day in China – Nov. 11, or 11.11
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, November 11, 2014

How China’s ivory addiction explains the new world economy
Five reasons why China is hungry for African ivory
Wonkblog, The Washington Post, November 7, 2014

Dispatches From the Front Lines of Indian Democracy
A review of Simon Denyer’s “Rogue Elephant”
Foreign Policy, October 8, 2014

For China, Embarrassing Parallels Between Hong Kong Protestors and America’s 99%
Forbes, October 6, 2014

An Economist’s Remedy for Organized Crime in Mexico
Forbes, September 30, 2014


The End of Low-Level Lawyering
Technological developments will soon put thousands of lawyers out of business
Forbes, September 17, 2014

Meet the Four-Eyed, Eight-Tentacled Monopoly That is Making Your Glasses So Expensive
Why do glasses cost more than smartphones? The answer is basic economics
Forbes, September 10, 2014



China’s Growing Grey Market for All That’s Foreign
Forget about those pesky regulations; business is booming for practitioners of ‘haitao’
Foreign Policy, August 20, 2014

Tanks to Nowhere
Why small towns across America are acquiring mine-resistant military vehicles
Forbes, August 19, 2014

Would You Rather Be Rich in a Poor Country Or Poor in a Rich Country?
Which is the better lot in life?
Forbes, August 13, 2014

Move Over, IMF
The BRICS bank aims to rewrite the rules of development
Foreign Policy, July 11, 2014


What Would Modi Do?
Five things a Modi win will mean for the world’s largest democracy
Foreign Policy, May 12, 2014

11 things to know about world’s biggest election
India’s general election, the largest democratic exercise in history, begins Monday
CNN, April 7, 2014

The Money Matrix
As Chinese consumers show an increasing preference for easy-to-use online financing, what will happen to traditional banks?
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Magazine, March 2014

Forbes Chinese, March 26, 2014

Expect Alibaba’s US IPO to be Hot
Ana Swanson, Analyst at JL Warren Capital, estimates Alibaba’s U.S. IPO to be valued at around $180 billion
CNBC, March 25, 2014

What Do New Regulations Mean for the Alibaba IPO?
Will China’s new regulations on internet payment dent Alibaba’s IPO valuation?
Forbes, March 25, 2014

Something Rotten in the State of India
A conversation with Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav about the troubling persistence of corruption and criminality in Indian politics
Foreign Policy, March 10, 2014

Inside China’s Mistress-Industrial Complex
If you’re pretty and educated, there’s a booming new job market for women—as someone’s mistress. What the increasing number of females entering these relationships means for China’s economy and demographics
Daily Beast, February 4, 2014

Election Q&A: Inside India’s Race to the Polls
India experts discuss the 2014 elections, the largest democratic exercise in human history
Foreign Policy, January 7, 2014

Lightning in a Bubble
Will the Shanghai free trade zone live up to the hype?
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Magazine, December 2013

It’s All Politics: The Forgotten Dimension of China’s Economic Reforms
China’s economic reforms set the stage for a creeping political liberalization
Forbes, November 26, 2013

China’s Chilling Crackdown on Due Diligence Companies
The arrest of Peter Humphrey reveals a Chinese government that fears public exposures of corruption
The Atlantic, October 23, 2013

Making it in America
How private Chinese companies are navigating mergers and acquisitions in the US
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Magazine, September 2013

Wall Street 101
Junheng Li, author of Tiger Woman on Wall Street, on the merits of analytical thinking
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Magazine, September 2013

The Future of Free
Companies like Tencent are finding ways to keep their services free
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Magazine, June 2013

A hundred flowers bloom
Fit to Print
A clash at an outspoken Chinese paper offers a glimpse into a media system straining at censorship restrictions
China Economic Review, February 2013

Four more years
With relations growing tenser, are the U.S. and China on a collision course in Asia?
China Economic Review, January 2013

Uneven ground
China’s yawning income gap poses an unprecedented threat to new leadership
China Economic Review, December 2012

Tough on China
Obama and Romney are pledging to crack down on China’s purported crimes. Will that really benefit the US?
China Economic Review, November 2012

Race to the bottom
China’s e-commerce companies wage a war of the balance sheet
China Economic Review, October 2012

The human factor
How severe is China’s unemployment?
China Economic Review, September 2012

Awash in cash
How the resurge of state-owned enterprises threatens China’s economy
China Economic Review, August 2012

Moving target
How should China stimulate the economy?
China Economic Review, July 2012

Water, water, everywhere
Desalination is a promising technology, but no panacea for China’s water shortage
China Economic Review, July 2012

Infant industry
Why Chinese car brands are struggling to compete
China Economy Review, June 2012

Parting the waters
China’s coming water crisis poses perhaps the greatest threat to the country’s growth and stability
China Economic Review, April 2012

Spy vs. spy
Companies are just beginning to recognize the mounting cyber-based threats to their intellectual property
China Economic Review, March 2012

The year of tactical thinking
China’s leadership transition carries both promising and unsettling prospects
China Economic Review, February 2012

Research & duplication
China’s biotech industry still lags behind when it comes to innovation. But that suits the country just fine
China Economic Review, January 2012


Defying gravity
Banks disguise a worrying increase in bad debt
China Economic Review, January 2013

The most important division in Chinese politics today is not among top leaders but between them and the country’s other entrenched interests
China Economic Review, November 2012

Confidence game
Growing pessimism in China could spark a dangerous flight of capital
China Economic Review, October 2012

Flood of numbers
China’s growth figures deserve a healthy dash of skepticism
China Economic Review, August 2012

The euro zone crisis hints at the unsustainable nature of China’s trade policy
China Economic Review, July 2012

Notes on a scandal
The Bo Xilai affair shows China’s propaganda machine is growing more sophisticated
China Economic Review, May 2012

Book Review

The naked truth
“Behind the Red Door” explores the unfamiliar and often contradictory landscape of China’s sexual revolution
China Economic Review, January 2013

Chinese whispers
Novelist Yu Hua’s history of 10 words in China is a revealing and deeply personal portrait of a complex country
China Economic Review, November 2012

Architect of fortunes
A new memoir from one of the designers of Obama’s China policy
China Economic Review, July 2012

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