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Robert Wilson, left, and Paul Milgrom | Credit: Andrew Brodhead
October 12, 2020
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Stanford Economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson Win the Nobel in Economic Sciences

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the pair for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.

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From left, Robert Wilson, David Kreps, and Paul Migrom, received the 2018 John J. Carty Award in the field of economics. | Elena Zhukova
March 28, 2018
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The Future of Economics

Three award-winning economists talk about where the field has been and where it’s heading.
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In this weekly webinar, Professor Brian Lowery is joined by guest speakers to explore systemic racism and the role of race in society. Open to public.

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Employees working in a garment factory in India. Credit: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee
October 5, 2020
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The Good and Bad of Measuring Worker Output in Real Time

Quantification boosts productivity if the task is simple, but demotivates if the task is complex, a Stanford study finds.
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September 15, 2020
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The Economics of Prioritizing Family Ties in U.S. Immigration Policy

Migrants from overrepresented countries arrive with less education and fewer skills.

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September 10, 2020
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Practice Does Not Necessarily Make Perfect When It Comes to Creativity

A new study finds that recurring brainstorming sessions produce ideas that are, well ... kind of meh, actually.

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September 21, 2020
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Calculating the Health Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

A controversial arm of the Affordable Care Act reduced strokes, heart disease, and other ailments among older, low-income patients, a new study finds.

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September 3, 2020
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Schmoozing with Coworkers After Hours Has Professional Benefits — and Personal Costs

A new study shows that workers’ pay structure — hourly vs. salaried — affects how they perceive and spend their downtime.

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September 21, 2020
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Building Teams to Tackle the Most Challenging Problems

Yes, expertise matters. But diverse skill sets matter just as much — and perhaps even more — when it comes to solving hard problems.
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October 22, 2020
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Under Pressure: How to Communicate During a Crisis

In this episode, we discuss how leaders can communicate effectively when their organization, brand, or reputation is under attack.
October 21, 2020
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Deciphering the American Voter

Stanford researchers measure the depth of our partisan divide — and suggest some ways to bridge it.
October 21, 2020
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The Secrets of Political Persuasion

Stanford researchers study the various tactics that politicians use to get voters on their side, from “moral reframing” to two-faced deception.
October 20, 2020
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You Might Be Trying to Get the Wrong People to Vote Your Way — or Wear Masks

If you want to be efficient when it comes to influencing others, focus on those who are already (sort of) on your side.
October 15, 2020
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Leadership for Society: The Podcast

Join Professor Brian Lowery as he sits down with prominent leaders for a series of conversations on the most pressing issues of today.
October 15, 2020
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The Good, the Bad, and the What-Ifs Heading into Election 2020

From smarter polling to growing distrust in government, a political economist lays out what you should expect this November.
October 15, 2020
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“We Need to Stop Tiptoeing Around Race”

In this podcast episode, corporate diversity experts discuss the challenge of creating paths for inclusion.
October 14, 2020
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If You Want to Change the World, You Need Power: Part 2

Cultivate your network and think strategically to rise in your career.
October 14, 2020
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What Elite Donors Want

Big-money donors, both Democrat and Republican, not only have more political influence than the average voter, they also have more extreme beliefs.
October 13, 2020
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If You Want to Change the World, You Need Power: Part 1

Motivating teams requires ambition, confidence, and empathy.