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Jim Farrin, credit: Sean Pressley
June 21, 2018
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How to Flunk Retirement and Thrive

A former marketing executive loves his unlikely third act as a prison-education reformer.

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June 1, 2018
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Should Bankers Be Forced to Put Some Skin in the Game?

A study of 19th-century marital laws shows banks are better off when managers are held liable for bad investments.

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 Ilya Strebulaev, credit: Mike McQuade
June 20, 2018
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Inside the Secret World of Venture Capital

The Stanford Venture Capital Initiative is quietly assembling a massive database from people who prefer to stay mum.

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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 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.
December 8, 2017
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Which Revolution Is More Historic: Industrial or Tech?

A new big data analysis spanning 200 years of patents shows that innovation bursts in the 1800s had greater social impact.
December 4, 2017
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Tax Reform: Giving with One Hand and Taking with the Other

A new study by Stanford’s Rebecca Lester suggests that the GOP plan to cut corporate tax rates could also discourage risk-taking.
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?
October 16, 2017
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How Banks Undermined Federal Foreclosure Assistance

Obama’s 2009 mortgage-modification program would have helped 70% more homeowners if lenders had been better organized.
August 14, 2017
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Anat Admati: Mythbusting Four Popular Excuses for Failed Financial Regulations

A Stanford professor skewers a few fallacies often advanced by politicians and regulators.
June 26, 2017
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Want a Stock Tip? Follow the Analysts

Analyst coverage is a good prediction of how well a company will perform.
June 7, 2017
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Is Capitalism Bad for Workers?

Labor’s share of national income is shrinking. But don’t hit the barricades just yet.
May 15, 2017
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How Startup Culture Can Thrive in Developing Worlds

A Mexico City venture capitalist discusses what it takes to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem.