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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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A sign for BlackRock Inc hangs above their building in New York. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson
August 6, 2018
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The Biggest Antitrust Story You’ve Never Heard

The rise of institutional investors threatens competition, hurts consumers, and might qualify as a new kind of monopoly.

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Commuters stuck in a traffic jam | iStock/anouchka
April 26, 2018
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An End to Traffic Jams? It Might Not Be a Dream

Three new technologies could end the nightmare of commuting.

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Flowers on a vine | Illustration by Harriet Lee-Merrion
June 11, 2018
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Are Influencers Overrated?

A new study questions the effectiveness of targeting “hubs” at the center of social networks.
Insights and faculty research on the interplay between economics, law, and politics, including business-government relations and more.

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 Paul Oyer | Photograph by Winni Wintermeyer
February 16, 2018
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What an Economist Is Learning by Driving for Uber

In studying the gig economy, Paul Oyer opts for a hands-on-the-wheel approach.
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August 6, 2018
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The Biggest Antitrust Story You’ve Never Heard

The rise of institutional investors threatens competition, hurts consumers, and might qualify as a new kind of monopoly.
June 11, 2018
Written

Are Influencers Overrated?

A new study questions the effectiveness of targeting “hubs” at the center of social networks.
April 26, 2018
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An End to Traffic Jams? It Might Not Be a Dream

Three new technologies could end the nightmare of commuting.
April 6, 2018
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Are Shareholder Lawsuits Good for Business?

Why the threat of litigation actually benefits firms.
March 2, 2018
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Should We Stop Licensing Doctors and Lawyers?

A new study shows that professional certification requirements benefit providers more than consumers.
February 16, 2018
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A Moral And Economic Argument For Testing Rape Kits

More than 400,000 sexual assault kits languish in storage. New research shows the impact of analyzing them.
February 16, 2018
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What an Economist Is Learning by Driving for Uber

In studying the gig economy, Paul Oyer opts for a hands-on-the-wheel approach.
February 7, 2018
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How Economic Insecurity Affects Worker Innovation

When the economy stumbles, so too does an employee’s interest in thinking outside the box.
January 26, 2018
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The Roots of Nutritional Inequality

Why do wealthy people eat healthier?
November 21, 2017
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The 100-Trillion-Dollar Question

It’s time to replace LIBOR, the beleaguered benchmark that determines adjustable interest rates. But how?