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Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the media. He is the author of the book Hit Makers.
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The Paradox of American Restaurants

The quality and variety of food in the U.S. has never been better. The business seems to be struggling. What’s really going on? Derek Thompson Jun 20, 2017 Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods

The retailer’s $14 billion bet isn’t just about the future of food. It’s about the future of commerce—especially for rich urban consumers. Derek Thompson Jun 16, 2017 Gene J. Puskar / AP

Teenagers Have Stopped Getting Summer Jobs—Why?

Most used to work in July and August. Now the vast majority don’t. Are they being lazy, or strategic? Derek Thompson Jun 9, 2017 John Sommers II / Reuters

The Potemkin Policies of Donald Trump

The simplest summary of White House economic policy to date is four words long: There is no policy. Derek Thompson Jun 7, 2017 Ted S. Warren / AP

Amazon's Pivot to Poor People

Amazon wants to become Walmart faster than Walmart can become Amazon. Derek Thompson Jun 6, 2017 Jim Urquhart / Reuters

The White House Exaggerated the Growth of Coal Jobs by About 5,000 Percent

Donald Trump’s EPA head is touting bad statistics in defense of a foolish policy. Derek Thompson Jun 6, 2017 Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Is the Unemployment Rate Real, or What?

Throughout the campaign, Donald Trump called the unemployment rate “phony.” The White House is singing a different tune now that it’s hit a 16-year low during his presidency. Derek Thompson Jun 2, 2017 Mike Segar / Reuters

Why the ‘End of TV’ Is Great for Facebook and Google

If the dynamic tech duo could go back in time and design the perfect ally to push advertising from TV to mobile phones, it would look exactly like Netflix. Derek Thompson Jun 2, 2017

What Makes Things Cool?

A handy acronym for popularity Alice Roth, Nicolas Pollock, Derek Thompson, and Caitlin Cadieux Jun 1, 2017 Jason Lee / Reuters

So, Where Are All Those Robots?

Low unemployment. Low productivity growth. Low corporate investment in new technology. What’s going on? Derek Thompson May 31, 2017 Mike Blake / Reuters

Older Americans Are More Millennial Than Millennials

To understand both changes to the workforce and changing attitudes toward work, don’t watch young people. Watch their parents (and uncles, aunts, and grandparents). Derek Thompson May 25, 2017 Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Trump’s Budget Is a Cruel Con

The president’s tax-and-spend plan isn’t just a reversal of his campaign promises. It’s also a deeply unpopular blueprint for the country. Derek Thompson May 22, 2017 Steve Dipaola / Reuters

The Shame of the Mortgage-Interest Deduction

It’s not just a failure of housing policy. It's a symbol of everything that’s wrong with the American tax code. Derek Thompson May 14, 2017 Brian Snyder / Reuters

Why First-Born Children Are Better Leaders

The short answer: They have a lot of practice bossing around their younger siblings. Derek Thompson May 11, 2017 Carlos Barria / Reuters

The GOP Health-Care Bill Is the Ultimate Reverse Robin Hood

If it becomes law, average households will lose money, and millionaires would get a windfall. Derek Thompson May 5, 2017 Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Donald Trump Is Helping the Very Media Organizations He Despises

How the president's war on the press has benefited some of the nation’s biggest news outlets Derek Thompson May 4, 2017 Mike Blake / Reuters

ESPN Is Not Doomed

But the network’s recent layoffs are a preview of major shifts to come in the television industry, American sports, and all of digital media. Derek Thompson May 1, 2017 Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

A Comprehensive Guide to Donald Trump’s Tax Proposal

Who wins (the rich), who loses (anybody who doesn’t like deficits), and why it might take a miracle for the plan to become a law Derek Thompson Apr 26, 2017 Adnan Abidi / Reuters

How Flight Attendants Are Set Up to Fail

They’re stuck between corporations trying to extract maximum profits from each flight and passengers who can broadcast their frustration on social media. Derek Thompson Apr 25, 2017 Pichi Chuang / Reuters

How Juicero's Story Set the Company Up for Humiliation

A boring juice product sold itself as the next great technology phenomenon. There was only one way things could go. Derek Thompson Apr 21, 2017 More Stories
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