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A man wearing protective gear in a decontamination site
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.

Latest Stories

January 15, 2013
Written

Are IPOs Good for Innovation?

A Stanford scholar says going public often slows innovation.
January 7, 2013
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Researchers: A New Tax Plan for Saving Our Health Care Dollars

A group of top health care economists propose a system that eliminates incentives to spend more at every turn.
December 17, 2012
Written

"The Gifts We Keep on Giving"

Prof. Francis Flynn discusses research on giving away a present you don't really want.
December 13, 2012
Written

Ed Fenster: Making Solar Easy

Sunrun's co-CEO discusses his business and the economics of solar power.
November 29, 2012
Written

Laura Ching: The Importance of Authenticity

A founder of custom stationery company Tiny Prints discusses corporate values and the enduring power of connecting beyond digital means.
November 21, 2012
Written

Jeff Fluhr: Connecting Face-to-Face

The CEO of Spreecast discusses the "fundamental alignment around integrity, working hard, and delivering."
November 19, 2012
Written

Benoit Monin: How Word Choice Can Affect Our Moral Boundaries

New research shows that subtle changes in language can lead to more ethical behavior.
November 19, 2012
Written

Why Europe Needs a New Narrative

Can the eurozone fix itself in the absence of a catastrophe?
November 9, 2012
Written

"Focus, and Then Focus Some More"

Serial entrepreneur Steve Poizner discusses the importance of bold thinking.
November 6, 2012
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Slavery in Supply Chains

An MBA student urges consumers, NGOs, and companies to end slavery in supply chains of everyday products.