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Our Best Economics Stories of 2017

The most important reads from our coverage of black markets, tech surveillance, and more.
On the strange afterlife of the goods we return to the store.

Depending on whom you ask, the economy is either in very good shape or very bad shape. On the one hand, the United States' unemployment rate sits now at 4.1 percent, a 16-year low. On the other, wages continue to stagnate for most Americans. There are lot of variables that go into judging a nation's economy, and it requires quite a bit of digging around to get a fuller picture.

Rather than parsing the studies and charts yourself, read our best economic coverage of 2017. There's information here about anti-poverty programs, strange animal insurance, and, yes, the very real black market for human remains.