Economics

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — What if you sat down in the concert hall one evening to hear Haydn’s Symphony No. 44 in E Minor and found 5 robots scattered among the human musicians? To get multiple audiences in and out of the concert hall faster, the human musicians and robots are playing...
Justin Finnegan, MBA '09
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Agricultural ventures in communities dependent upon subsistence farming carry plenty of risks and potentially unpleasant surprises. Crops can turn out disappointingly skimpy or low quality, sometimes because the farmers are completely inexperienced with...
Egon Durban
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS  — The U.S. economy is still sluggish, but venture capitalists, who spoke to an audience of nearly 150 investors, students, and faculty at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on Dec. 6, said the outlook for early- and late-state investing is bullish....
Matt Rothe
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — To a casual observer, tractors are useful tools that help farmers boost their output. But Matt Rothe has a very different view. Rothe, the sustainable food program manager for Stanford Dining Services, believes that tractors unleashed a wave of massive...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—As more and more people are putting their money into the care of professionals, it's time to ask if the people investing your money are properly motivated—that is, if they are given incentives to make the right decisions when they construct portfolios composed...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—What do Disney, AT&T, Exxon, and Verizon have in common? Based on economic performance and what they paid their CEOs from 1991-2002, a new academic study argues that all these firms were headed by CEOs who were paid too much. These firms, say the...
Most decisions about CEO pay are made by a compensation committee of a company's board of directors. Typically, says O'Reilly, the CEO hires a compensation consultant to determine what executives in the company "should" be paid and ma kea presentation to this committee, which almost always...
By Professor Jonathan B. Berk A.P. Giannini Professor of Finance STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — In any financial crisis, it is possible with 20/20 hindsight to identify the specific proximal causes. Armed with this knowledge, legislators are invariably tempted to outlaw specific activities...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—In what will be music to the ears of marketers, the old adage that you get what you pay for really is true when it comes to that most ephemeral of products: bottled wine. According to researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the...
STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — You won't see anything written about bands like the Foo Fighters or the Bloodhound Gang in the pages of most academic journals. But a study of music sales by Alan Sorensen of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Ken Hendricks of the University of...

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