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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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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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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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August 11, 2015
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Shai Bernstein: Does Face Time with Investors Make a Startup More Successful?

Having investors you can easily interact with can help a business grow.

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August 24, 2015
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Are Exchange-Traded Funds Dumbing Down the Markets?

These investments, now more popular than hedge funds, come with a down side.

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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

June 1, 2010
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Would Boycotting BP Do Any Good?

Research shows that company boycotts do indeed work.
May 20, 2010
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Beyond Oil: Saudi Arabia as a Data Hub

Saudi governor Amr Al-Dabbagh explains the nation’s strategy to become one of the world’s top 10 investment destinations.
May 1, 2010
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Bengt Holmstrom: Don't Attribute the Financial Crisis to Greed

An economist explains that, while reforms to provide some degree of transparency are key, full disclosure may not fix securities markets.
April 1, 2010
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Michael Spence: Ongoing Growth Needs Global Financial Regulation

The economist says the resilience of developing nations during the world economic crisis is encouraging, but long-term growth needs a global strategy.
January 1, 2010
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John Wolfensohn: "There Will Be a Monumental Shift of Economic Power"

The former World Bank president says that, in the next 40 years, today's leading countries will go from having 80% of the world's income to 35%.
December 1, 2009
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Why Does Movie Popcorn Cost So Much?

A marketing professor says the high price of popcorn at most movie theater concession stands actually benefits moviegoers.
October 1, 2009
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Cost of Reducing CO2 Emissions Could Plunge

A study says the financial impact of regulating coal-fired power plants under a cap-and-trade system will be much less than previously projected.
September 1, 2009
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You Can't Buy It If You Don't Know It Exists

Research says that rock bands can lose as much as 40% of their potential sales because consumers don't know about them.
August 1, 2009
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India's Slums Represent Complex Political and Social Issues

How slums are run depends on a variety of factors, such as their ethnic makeup, political connections, and how long they have been established.
July 1, 2009
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Services Market Is Key to Open Source Software

Researchers explore the key factors in the decision to create open source software.