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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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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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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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March 25, 2013
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Building a City for Tomorrow

A conversation with the CEO of the company that’s developing Saudi Arabia's new King Abdullah Economic City.
February 15, 2013
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A Prescription for an American Economic Recovery

Economist Edward Lazear says Congress and the president must focus on policies that encourage greater investment.
January 31, 2013
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Ex-White House Economic Advisors Spar Over the Economy

Keith Hennessey and Christina Romer debate the debt ceiling, federal deficit, and growth at the Commonwealth Club of California.
October 30, 2012
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Changing Markets: What's Next for China

Investors in China discuss "me-too technologies" and what's hot in the VC world.
October 9, 2012
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Researchers: Flexibility May Be the Key to Increased Productivity

A study reveals that working from home boosts employee happiness and productivity.
September 27, 2012
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Researchers: How Much Difference Does a Boss Make?

A new study finds that good middle managers add to workplace productivity.
June 6, 2012
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Solar Power's Bright Future

A conversation with Stefan Reichelstein on the economics of solar power.
May 9, 2012
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Can Research and Teaching Help Alleviate Poverty?

A group of scholars, students, and business and nonprofit leaders say yes, but it requires "a thoughtful, systemic approach."
May 2, 2012
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Building Affordable Health Care in China

Serial entrepreneur Kewen Jin discusses the rapid growth of China's health care industry and the idea of "innovation by subtraction."
March 19, 2012
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Field Research as a Tool for Poverty Alleviation

Researchers share results and ideas for tackling extreme poverty through innovations in institutions, management, and technology