Ben Casselman

New York, NY

Ben Casselman

Senior editor and chief economics writer for FiveThirtyEight. Previously covered economics and energy for The Wall Street Journal.


Gun Deaths In America

This interactive graphic is part of our project exploring the more than 33,000 annual gun deaths in America and what it would take to bring that number down. See our stories on suicides among middle-age men, homicides of young black men and accidental deaths, or explore the menu for more coverage.
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New Orleans Searches For The Truth

Peters won the nickname on the basketball court, where he had a dangerous left hand and a swagger reminiscent of another “Truth,” Celtics star Paul Pierce. But to those who knew him best, the name resonated beyond basketball. He was the little brother who was convinced he was the oldest, the natural musician who could play any instrument that was put in his hands, the generous child who invited friends over for dinner when they didn’t have enough at home.
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Should Prison Sentences Be Based On Crimes That Haven’t Been Committed Yet?

Criminal sentencing has long been based on the present crime and, sometimes, the defendant’s past criminal record. In Pennsylvania, judges could soon consider a new dimension: the future. Pennsylvania is on the verge of becoming one of the first states in the country to base criminal sentences not only on what crimes people have been convicted of, but also on whether they are deemed likely to commit additional crimes.
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The Poorest Corner Of Town

By midnight on Wednesday, this call-and-response, and others like it — “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “What’s his name? Mike Brown,” and the old standby, “No justice, no peace!”. had been going on for hours. An early-evening thunderstorm and the calm but firm interventions of local clergy helped make this perhaps the most peaceful night since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown 11 days earlier.
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Where Police Have Killed Americans In 2015

On Monday, the Guardian launched “The Counted,” an impressive interactive database of Americans killed by police since the start of the year. As of Tuesday, the database had 467 entries; the Guardian plans to add to it going forward. As we’ve written repeatedly, official statistics on police killings are deeply flawed.
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Ben Casselman

Ben Casselman serves as senior editor and chief economics writer for FiveThirtyEight, the definitive website for data-driven journalism. As senior editor, he oversees all economics and criminal justice coverage for the site.

As chief economics writer since FiveThirtyEight's relaunch in March 2014, he has used a mix of traditional reporting and original economic analysis to dive deep into subjects such as long-term unemployment, education, energy and entrepreneurship. His weekly "In Real Terms" column covers a wide range of topical issues in economics.

Prior to joining FiveThirtyEight, Casselman spent more than seven years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he was most recently the paper's senior New York-based economics correspondent.

From 2008 to 2011, Casselman worked in the Journal's Dallas bureau, where he reported on the economic, environmental and political implications of the recent U.S. drilling boom, as well as on offshore drilling, global oil exploration and energy prices. His coverage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting and won a Gerald Loeb Award. Previously, he wrote about residential real estate for the Journal's Weekend section.

A graduate of Columbia University, Casselman lives in New York.