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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.

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April 1, 2010
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Michael Spence: Ongoing Growth Needs Global Financial Regulation

The economist says the resilience of developing nations during the world economic crisis is encouraging, but long-term growth needs a global strategy.
April 1, 2010
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Stanford Professors Assess Landmark SEC-Goldman Suit

Two Stanford finance experts distinguished between ethical and legal issues in an analysis of the Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit against Goldman Sachs.
April 1, 2010
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William Sharpe: Staying Flexible on Retirement Spending

Research looks at how workers can be sure to save enough to retire.
April 1, 2010
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Zakary Tormala: Is "Thinking" or "Feeling" More Persuasive?

Research shows that identical messages can have different impacts depending on whether they are couched as "I think" or "I feel."
March 1, 2010
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Can Oil Filters Improve Health Care?

Motorcycles can be a key to effective health care for millions of people across Africa.
March 1, 2010
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Incentives for Employees in Just-in-Time Settings

In some manufacturing environments, having workers engage in just-in-time production can actually cause motivational problems and increase costs.
March 1, 2010
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Kenneth Chenault: Don't Shy from Harsh Facts

The head of American Express says that, even when the news is bad, helping employees understand reality leads to success.
March 1, 2010
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People in the Minority May Know Themselves Better

Research explores why some people hold minority opinions and also seek them out.
February 15, 2010
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Let Your Personal Style Prevail Says the 2010 Porras Award Winner

Laura Sanchez, MBA ’94, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, is honored by the Hispanic Business Students Association
February 9, 2010
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Peter Gleick: The Real Cost of Water We Use

The Pacific Institute leader says California is reaching a point where water used on crops costs more in ecological damage than it provides benefits.