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The international economy, shaped by governments, businesses and other actors, touches the lives of everyone in the world. Pulitzer Center grantee stories tagged with “Economy” feature reporting that covers business, workers and the impact of global capitalism on people’s lives. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on the economy.

 

Winny Contreras: The Long Commute

A man from Guanajuato, Mexico who crossed the border to work on a farm in Connecticut contends with being away from his family for years to help support their dreams and build a new life for them.

Cambodia’s Coming AI Revolution

Cambodia’s tech sector is blooming and the country’s structural challenges might actually be strengths when adapting to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What are the social risks and opportunities?

The Return of a Dying Sea

For the fishing villages around the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan, fortunes ebb and flow with the water's tide.

The Tech Libertarians Buying New Zealand

Silicon Valley billionaires have been buying up New Zealand land, gaining citizenship and influencing immigration policy. Why are they so drawn to the place, and what is the ideology behind it all?

Venezuela’s New Gold Rush

For many people, gold fires the imagination, but can it resolve a crisis? Venezuela finds itself in distress and is going all-in on gold mining—an industry tainted by conflict.

Barbuda's Communal Land Ownership

In September, Hurricane Irma leveled the island of Barbuda and all 1,800 residents were evacuated. Now, redevelopment and the end of collective land ownership threaten to keep them off their land.

Paradise Papers

ICIJ's global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies.

Down from the Mountains

Three children in a remote corner of China are among millions getting by while their parents work far away in wealthier cities.

In Lazarat, the Fall of a Pot Empire

The residents of Lazarat, Albania, once grew $6 billion of marijuana per year under the nose of the state. What happens when that pot empire goes up in smoke?

The Federation Files

Together, more than 148 non-profit Jewish federations hold assets of $16 billion in the United States and Canada. Investigative journalist Uri Blau examines how the money is spent.

Meet the Journalist: Paul A. Kramer

As the U.S. government responded to Hurricane Katrina what difference did it make that the nation was at war? In what ways were post-Katrina relief operations experienced as the war “coming home"?

Meet the Journalist: Laura Flanders

The first time she visited Northern Ireland, Laura Flanders, who grew up in London, was just 22 years old. Thirty years later, she returns to report on how the country may have changed.

Meet the Journalist: Sharron Lovell

Like so many of Mao’s pronouncements, it sounded simple: “The South has a lot of water; the North lacks water. So if it can be done, borrowing a little water and bringing it up might do the trick.”

News Bites and Lesson Plan of the Week: The Future of Ireland

This week's news bite lesson explores the challenges facing Ireland in the face of the 100-year anniversary of Easter Rising, a rebellion that planted seeds for Ireland's ultimate division into the primarily Catholic Republic of Ireland in the south and primarily Protestant Northern Ireland, which remains part of the United Kingdom.

A Right to Water for Everyone?

This is a multi-week unit on water rights and access. Students examine the causes of water shortages across the globe and explore solutions to ensure that all people have access to clean, safe...

U.S. Responsibility for China’s Workers

This is a multi-week unit on U.S. companies and the welfare of international workers. Students will examine how U.S. companies manufacture their goods and how they care for their workers abroad.

The World's Disappearing Sand

Students analyze how an author structures and supports a story about disappearing sand reserves, then create visual campaigns that increase awareness about sand depletion.

A Game Revealing Africa's Offshore Empires

This lesson guides students through the game "Continent of Secrets," which reveals what investigative journalists uncovered about the use of offshore companies by African businesses.

Waste disposal

What is the most efficient way to reduce the amount of waste? Can we ever reach the point of waste elimination?