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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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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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June 1, 2015
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Three Ways to Transform American Healthcare

Hospitals should adopt these popular business strategies.

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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.

Latest Stories in Economics

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.
April 1, 2009
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Jeffrey Pfeffer: Time to Detox the Work Environment

A professor of organizational behavior says companies spend too much time on polar bears and not enough on people.
April 1, 2009
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Small Islands, Big Economic Lessons

Barbados and Jamaica experienced very different growth trajectories after independence. A scholar explores why.
March 1, 2009
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Lawrence Wein: A Proposal to Slow the Buildup of Space Junk

Space debris is a big problem. Here's how to solve it.
February 1, 2009
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Framing Obama's Stimulus Package

A study explores how peoples' backgrounds influence their opinions of the president's plan to boost the economy.
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.