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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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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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The U.S. Federal Reserve building
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.

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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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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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Power plant
October 17, 2014
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What Would it Really Cost to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Not as much as you might think, according to two scholars.

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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.
February 1, 2008
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How Dividends Encourage Consumer Spending

New research suggests that investors are more likely to spend dividends and reinvest capital gains.
January 1, 2008
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It's About Forty Years Until the Oil Runs Out

Speakers at a Stanford GSB conference on environmental sustainability stressed the need for innovation in renewable energy.
October 1, 2007
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Research: How the Fear of Missing Out Makes Investors Risk Blind

People tend to cluster around risky categories out of a desire to avoid missing "the next big thing."
February 1, 2007
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Delicate Balance: The Impact of Gold Mining in Ghana

A Stanford GSB student reports on a study trip to Ahafo, Ghana, where mining has shifted the village's social, economic, and infrastructure systems.
February 1, 2007
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Michael Ducker: Our Global Network is Growing

The president of International FedEx Express says the new Asia Pacific hub will have a $60 billion impact on China's economy over the next 20 years.
January 1, 2007
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Fiscal Failings of the Government's Tobacco Settlement

An economist examines what went wrong in the landmark 1998 tobacco settlement.
January 1, 2007
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Understanding the Linkage Between ROI and the Economic Rate of Return

A group of scholars explore a term that "has only been vaguely understood."
October 1, 2006
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Loyalty Programs Can Be a Waste of Money

Research shows the programs motivate only a small fraction of consumers to increase usage, and sometimes end up costing organizations money.