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Employees work on a PVC plastic flooring production line. Credit: Reuters/Aly Song
September 9, 2019
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How Much Does Management Matter to Productivity?

More than you might realize. Research finds management practices account for 20% of variation in productivity among certain firms.
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Pipes marked "Wasserstoff" (hydrogen), "Kuehlwasser" (coolant) and "Sauerstoff" (oxygen) are pictured at the "wind2hydrogen" pilot plant in Auersthal, Austria, Credit: Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader
July 16, 2019
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Why Hydrogen Could Improve the Value of Renewable Energy

A new study finds that hydrogen could address a major drawback of solar and wind power.

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Anat R. Admati, Credit: Nancy Rothstein
July 12, 2019
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Fixing a Rigged System

Anat R. Admati explains why our financial system still struggles with misconduct.

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A tent is seen next to Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson
June 27, 2019
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Rising U.S. Inequality: How We Got Here, Where We’re Going

An economist and a business advisor discuss what might happen if the gap between rich and poor continues to grow.
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March 8, 2019
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Work Is a Competitive Sport

What keeps people motivated at work? A professor of economics says it’s all about how you structure compensation.
March 7, 2019
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Our Misplaced Fear of Job-Stealing Robots

At a Future of Work forum, experts say demographic shifts, not artificial intelligence, create the biggest challenges for today’s workplace.
January 10, 2019
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Why the Fed Won’t Cave to Trump

The president is browbeating the Federal Reserve, but a Stanford finance professor says it’s a bad idea that won’t work.
January 8, 2019
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Rethinking the Relationship between Age, Business Acumen, and Entrepreneurship

New data shows the sweet spot for entrepreneurial success, and why young people need to rise up the ranks more quickly.
December 3, 2018
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Seven Most-Read Stories of 2018

From tips for career satisfaction to an economist’s stint as an Uber driver, here are the stories that caught our readers’ attention.
November 19, 2018
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Shoved off the Retirement Cliff?

New research shows 40% of American retirees would prefer to be working.
October 19, 2018
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Big Data Is Giving an Edge to Big Companies

The growth gap is widening between large and small companies. A new study offers a surprising explanation.
October 10, 2018
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Reshaping Markets to Solve Poverty and Inequality

Academics, investors, and nonprofit leaders on how to find innovative solutions for the world’s starkest problems.
September 25, 2018
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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.
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.