Many believe lifestyles are due to low effort, but economists are starting to accumulate evidence that the stress of living in poverty drives people to subpar decisions.
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The nation's carefully planned economic rise has been matched by its cultural reach.
The country abandoned nuclear energy and is building coal plants that will spew as much CO2 as all the cars in the U.S.
In recent years, much of the commentary about climate change has gone from sternly serious to wildly despairing. A new report from the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the effects of climate change are accelerating and that the world has barely ...
Too many economic forces were against them when they came of age.
In the sitcom "The Office," a bumbling manager spends much of his time distracting the hapless employees of a paper company's local sales branch. Somehow, despite all the antics that seem to interfere with getting anything done, the branch consistently manages to be the ...
Despite a push from the government, hiring and promotions work in favor of old men and against women.
With countries such as South Korea leading the way, a new age of slow growth and increased dependency burdens is in the offing.
The country is still struggling to make money off of its worldwide cultural cachet
As the population ages and shrinks, the country is making it easier for foreigners to work and become citizens.