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How to Tap Skilled Managers in Villages Where Chiefs Still Rule

Identifying and promoting talented technocrats outside traditional hierarchies can catalyze local economic development.

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How CEOs Reinvented the Dating Game Scandal in Stock Options

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Many advertisers in online auctions suspect that the bidding is rigged. Research shows they may be right.
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Rigged Auctions? Why Top Bidders Don’t Always Feel Like Winners

New research casts suspicion about auctions in the online advertising market.

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September 19, 2018
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How Much Is Your Private Data Worth — and Who Should Own It?

In an ideal world, consumers would control the rights to their data but would also be able to sell it broadly.
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September 6, 2018
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Why “Uncertainty Shocks” Are Part of the Trump-Era Economy

A Stanford economist says that populist politicians have become a major source of economic uncertainty.
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