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December 5, 2014
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Kathryn Shaw: Big Box Stores Pay Higher Wages Than You Think

A new study compares pay scales at chain stores to mom and pop shops.

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Health care worker reviewing a file in a massive archive | Reuters/Phil McCarten
June 29, 2015
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Daniel P. Kessler: The Hidden Cost in Changing Doctors

High fees for your own medical records can be a barrier to switching.

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Street lights not working at early evening in California  | Reuters/Mike Blake
May 13, 2015
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Frank Wolak: How to Keep Green Policies from Crashing the Electricity Grid

As California embarks on “cap and trade,” Stanford researchers employ advanced trading games to head off nasty surprises.

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The U.S. Capitol building is seen at sunrise in Washington March 1, 2013. The best government programs are flexible yet predictable. | Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
March 18, 2015
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Renee Bowen: How a Twist to Mandatory Spending Could Reduce Gridlock

A Stanford economist shows how warring political parties could get better results by building some flexibility into mandatory spending programs.

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An electronic ticker is seen inside a Bank of America branch in New York | Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
May 19, 2015
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Anat Admati: Are Banks Safe Now?

A scholar and a former regulator both warn that safeguards are lacking to prevent another financial crisis.

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June 1, 2015
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Three Ways to Transform American Healthcare

Hospitals should adopt these popular business strategies.

Latest Stories in Economics

May 1, 2015
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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Sports

At Stanford GSB’s Sports Innovation Conference, technology took the spotlight.
April 30, 2015
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The Recommended List by Stanford GSB Professors

Those in the know share where to go to learn more about reward and related topics.
April 29, 2015
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Saumitra Jha: How Financial Innovation Helped Start the English Civil War (and Why That’s Important Today)

A Stanford scholar explains why financial mechanisms could be useful to align diverse interests.
March 30, 2015
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Paul Oyer: Just How Important Is Previous Experience in the Job Hunt?

Larger, more prestigious firms are more likely to take a chance on you.
March 27, 2015
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David Kreps: Choice, Dynamic Choice, and Behavioral Economics

An economist explains why “rational choice” is sometimes irrational.
March 24, 2015
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Back to the Future: Do Banks Really Learn from Long-term Relationships?

A pair of economists examine whether banks acquire any special wisdom from repeat borrowers.
March 18, 2015
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Renee Bowen: How a Twist to Mandatory Spending Could Reduce Gridlock

A Stanford economist shows how warring political parties could get better results by building some flexibility into mandatory spending programs.
March 11, 2015
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Renee Bowen: How Voters Can Beat Special Interest Groups

More protests and political competition help, but surprisingly, so does elected officials' salaries.
March 10, 2015
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What We Can Learn from Ancient Athens’ Manufacturing Industry

A former vice president at Boston Consulting Group analyzes an ancient sector and how it parallels changes in today’s economy.
February 10, 2015
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Kenneth Singleton: New Research Could Give Policymakers More Tools to Foresee Economic Calamity

A better way to measure risk premiums in bond markets and, maybe, understand the links between economic activity and yields.