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A bunch of highway road signs
June 10, 2014
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Lessons From the Roadside

In an excerpt from their new book, three economists share what they learned about small businesses in America.

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Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes kisses his bat during a team workout at Fenway Park, 2013 (USA Today Sports photo by Greg M. Cooper)
March 25, 2014
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Jeffrey Zwiebel: Why the “Hot Hand” May Be Real After All

A Stanford finance professor finds that hot streaks in sports are no illusion. Economists should take heed.

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Google self-driving car.
August 18, 2014
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Nicholas Bloom: Innovation Requires Delegating Authority

An economics scholar examines ways firms create flexible structures and why some do not.

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San Francisco
September 23, 2014
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Rebecca Diamond: What Is the Relationship Between Economics and Geography?

Research explores the interplay between wages, taxes, housing costs, the movement of workers, and education.

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February 1, 2005
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Edward Lazear: Generalists Succeed as Entrepreneurs

Survey data confirms that those who have had a variety of jobs and experiences are more likely to start their own companies.
February 1, 2005
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When CEOs Are Paid for Bad Performance

Does excessive pay for less-skilled CEOs signal a breakdown in corporate governance?
October 1, 2004
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Outsourcing Has No Easy Answers, Say Panelists

Most panelists at the Oct. 9 conference say competitiveness is the key weapon against social inequality and unemployment associated with outsourcing.
July 1, 2004
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Jeremy Bulow: A Market-Based Approach to Expensing Options

A scholar parses recent proposals for financial reporting of stock option expenses, and offers a solution that reflects economic realities.
July 1, 2004
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The Surprising Impact of the Bestseller List

A researcher finds that the sales "boost" is virtually nonexistent for the best-known authors.
April 1, 2004
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Housing Inflation Does Not Hurt Consumers

A new study concludes that the losses buyers incur are offset in the larger economy by the gains accrued by sellers.
February 1, 2004
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Paul Oyer: New CEOs Don't Always Mean Executive Turnover

Research shows that CEOs promoted from within are much more likely to retain the senior management team.
January 1, 2004
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Economics Research: What Would Happen if We Removed Borders?

When two countries join, both almost always benefit economically from greater access to ideas, capital, and customers.
November 1, 2003
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Are Discount Tickets Good for Business?

A study shows that charging different prices may help the bottom line, without hurting consumers.
March 15, 2003
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Economic Analysis: Debt Relief Doesn't Help Small Countries

Highly indebted poor countries should be targeted not for debt relief but for direct aid that would assist in building social infrastructure.