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October 16, 2014
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Lawrence Wein: Five Disaster Scenarios — and What We Learn From Them

A professor tackles the most effective responses to some of the world's most dangerous risks.

Three economists hit the road to learn about small business in America. See what they discovered.

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A t-shirt says "I love my job"
September 17, 2014
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Harikesh Nair: Human Resources’ Big Data Moment

A marketing professor explains how workplace analytics can transform how companies hire, evaluate, motivate, and retain employees.

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Power plant
October 17, 2014
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What Would it Really Cost to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

Not as much as you might think, according to two scholars.

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A woman running at sunset.
October 14, 2014
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Szu-chi Huang: Pursuit of a Mutual Goal Can Turn Friends into Foes

Marketing research finds that peer support in programs such as Weight Watchers fades as members near the target.

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October 9, 2014
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Kristin Laurin: Do People’s Connections with God Mimic Their Human Relationships?

A scholar finds similarities between interpersonal connections and relationships to a higher power.

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Street signs that say "Wall Street" and "One Way"
October 10, 2014
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Nicholas Bloom: What Leads to Economic Uncertainty?

An economist explains how political polarization and government growth have increased uncertainty.

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Man walking by an advertisement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention
September 8, 2014
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Neil Malhotra: Do Americans Really Want Bipartisanship?

A study shows that political identity often trumps a voter’s desire for compromise.

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Christine Su
September 8, 2014
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Christine Su: “Listen – To Your Customers, Your Team, and Your Employees”

The founder of a business focused on sustainable ranching discusses the value of listening, learning, and understanding your personal vision of happiness.

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October 20, 2014
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Eric Bettinger: Why Stay-at-Home Parents are Good for Older Children

Parental presence isn't just for infants and toddlers.

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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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A sign reads "Closing Down"
September 30, 2014
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Kathryn Shaw: Entrepreneurship Requires Practice, Practice, Practice

A scholar finds that repeat entrepreneurs are more likely to succeed.

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Alibaba headquarters
September 3, 2014
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Joseph Piotroski: What Is the Relationship Between Chinese Politics and IPOs?

Research shows it’s more complex than mere crony capitalism.

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February 20, 2013
Written

A New Look at Truth in Numbers

New research finds support for valuing bank securities at current market value.
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.
February 13, 2013
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Neil Malhotra: Political Polarization Even Extends to Romance

New research reveals that political affiliation rivals education level as one of the most important factors in identifying a potential mate.
February 7, 2013
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Why Consumers Don't Always Take Advantage of Sales

Research from Stanford's Stephan Seiler says time constraints keep supermarket shoppers from finding best prices.
February 4, 2013
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A Fine Wine: Do Labels Make a Difference?

Research from Stanford’s Michael Hannan examines how consumers perceive the value of organic and biodynamic Alsatian wines.
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.
January 30, 2013
Written

In Defense of 'Weapons of Financial Mass Destruction'

Research on derivatives concludes they can add to a company's leverage and market value.
January 28, 2013
Written

"What's Wrong With Banking and What to Do About It"

How, and why, Stanford's Anat Admati took on the banking system.
January 22, 2013
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Shopping When Time is Money

Research shows that too much information about products can be a mixed blessing for buyers and sellers alike.
January 16, 2013
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Venture Capital Pioneer Illuminates the Silicon Valley Ecosystem

Lecturer "Pitch" Johnson taught the first venture capital course in a graduate business school and shares how and why Silicon Valley thrives.