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Customers at a bank | Reuters/Paul Hackett
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.

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David Kreps
March 27, 2015
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David Kreps: Choice, Dynamic Choice, and Behavioral Economics

An economist explains why “rational choice” is sometimes irrational.

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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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Woman holding resume folder while taking notes | Reuters/Rick Wilking
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.

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Walmart checkouts
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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Small Islands, Big Economic Lessons

Barbados and Jamaica experienced very different growth trajectories after independence. A scholar explores why.
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Lawrence Wein: A Proposal to Slow the Buildup of Space Junk

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January 1, 2009
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Joseph Stiglitz: Today's Market Behavior Shouldn't Be a Surprise

The Nobel prize-winning economist dissects the U.S. economy to explain what caused its spiral into recession.
December 1, 2008
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Incentives and the Financial Crisis

A finance professor argues that preventing financial crises means creating policies that align bankers' incentives with the public interest.
March 1, 2008
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American Symphonies Often Spend More Than They Earn

A scholar's research suggests that a best-practices review including cost-cutting measures would help.
March 1, 2008
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Encouraging Teamwork Can Boost Manufacturing Productivity

In a study of steel mills, rank-and-file workers in strategic teams were effective in tackling complex efficiency problems.
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How Dividends Encourage Consumer Spending

New research suggests that investors are more likely to spend dividends and reinvest capital gains.