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January 20, 2017
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How Consultants Can Court Clients Without Giving Away Too Much

Gradual persuasion, through incremental sharing of information, benefits freelancers and companies alike.

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March 10, 2017
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Fixing Big Data’s Blind Spot

Susan Athey wants to help machine-learning applications look beyond correlation and into root causes.
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August 3, 2016
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Why Are U.S. Bonds Such a Secure Investment, Despite the Country’s Growing Debt?

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How the Big-Bank Bailout Helped Investors Save Billions on “Crash Insurance”

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How Companies Can Solve the Pay Equity Problem

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An Economist’s Take on Why Parental Leave Matters

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April 11, 2016
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How Fear Spurred Productivity in the Great Recession

Research shows how this recession bucked historical patterns.
April 6, 2016
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Enabling Entrepreneurs to Alleviate India’s Energy Poverty

A change in the law could extend electricity to millions of people.
February 2, 2016
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How the NFL Turned the Super Bowl into a Money Machine

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Facing Acquisition? Your Good Accounting May Be a Liability

Research shows that financial disclosures benefit buyers at the target’s shareholders' expense.
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A Look Back at 2015

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