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December 6, 2019
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8 Most-Read Stories of 2019

Communication mistakes, job-stealing robots, and career-gap explanations captured reader attention this year.

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November 22, 2019
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Uncertainty Drags Down Global Growth

Tariffs and trade policy uncertainty have had a chilling impact on business, a Stanford scholar says.

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November 22, 2019
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Stanford Researchers Find No ‘Magnet Effect’ When States Extend Public Health Insurance to Immigrants

When states expand public health insurance to include low-income, legal immigrants, it does not lead to out-of-state immigrants moving in search of benefits.
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September 13, 2019
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What Tech Leaders Really Want

They’re an influential group that’s hard to pin down politically — until now. Meet the Liberaltarians.
September 5, 2019
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Trump’s Trade Wars: “Very, Very Abnormal”

An expert on political economy explains what healthy trade relations look like and how China could exploit Trump’s vulnerability.
July 30, 2019
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Ethnic Networks Help Refugees Find Work

Immigrants are more likely to find jobs within their first five years if they live near people who share their nationality, ethnicity, or language.
July 30, 2019
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Media Consolidation Means Less Local News, More Right Wing Slant

A new study finds conglomerates are reshaping local TV news from the top down.
July 2, 2019
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What to Read This Summer

Escape the heat with books recommended by Stanford business professors.
June 27, 2019
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Rising U.S. Inequality: How We Got Here, Where We’re Going

An economist and a business advisor discuss what might happen if the gap between rich and poor continues to grow.
June 12, 2019
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How Well Do Refugees Integrate into American Society?

Nationality, education level, and other factors are linked to resettled refugees’ likelihood of becoming citizens.
April 30, 2019
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Artificial Intelligence for the Perplexed Executive

AI can transform almost every industry. The biggest uncertainty may be the humans behind it.
April 24, 2019
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Why Self-Regulation Can Pay Off

Companies that try to fix problems on their own may sidestep more onerous regulations in the future.
March 22, 2019
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How to Design a Better Soda Tax

An analysis of Philadelphia’s sweet-drink “sin tax” finds a flaw in the system: Many people simply drive beyond city limits to buy their pop.