New Economy

Debt Collective Marches on New Orleans for Free Higher Ed
by Araz Hachadourian
“It’s not about freeloading. It’s about what we’re willing to extend to each other as a society.”
In a Place Where Teaching Girls Can Get You Poisoned, This Afghan Woman Got Men on Her Side
by Kristin Moe
How do you spark a movement in a conservative community? A Q&A with Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center.
It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System
The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.
These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers
by Olivia LaVecchia
Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.
How the U.S. Government Could End the Student Debt Crisis Today
by Raúl Carrillo
Instead of loaning students money, the federal government could just pay for their tuition, without causing any significant economic problems.
LA School District Uses Its Spending Power to Support Local Farms, Workers’ Rights, and Kids’ Nutrition
by J. Mijin Cha
Local economies can be strengthened through the large purchasing power of local institutions. Here’s how the nation's second largest school district is doing it.
Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor
by Dean Baker
A sustained one-percentage-point decline in the unemployment rate is associated with a 9.4 percent rise in the wages of workers in the bottom quintile of the wage distribution.
How Money Equals College and College Equals Money
by YES! Editors
The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015
by Yessenia Funes
A new bill provides two years of tuition at a community college for participating high school grads who might otherwise face a 7.5 percent unemployment rate—and other states are already following suit.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
Welcome to the Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit
by Liam Barrington-Bush, Jen Wilton
The town of Marinaleda, often called Spain's "communist utopia," is proof that an economy built on mutual aid is possible.
Worker-Owned Co-ops Get $1 Million in NYC Spending
by Liz Pleasant
New York City's newly approved budget allocates $1.2 million for developing and supporting worker-owned cooperative businesses.
Will Jackson, Miss., Be the New Co-op Capital of the South?
Three months after the death of Jackson's radical mayor, the city's residents are working to make his vision of cooperative economics a reality.
A "Pay-It-Forward" Approach to Funding Solar Power
by Corey Hill
Donations to a California nonprofit don't just fund one solar installation, but circulate from one project to the next.
A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels?
by Mark Andrew Boyer
The mine-ravaged communities of Eastern Kentucky have been increasingly abandoned by the coal economy. Could growing biofuels jump-start a new local jobs market—and renew the land in the process?