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An employee works to make ventilators at the General Motors Components Holding Plant that is manufacturing ventilators for use during the coronavirus disease outbreak. Credit: Reuters/Chris Bergin
May 28, 2020
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How to Keep Supply Chains Reliable When the World’s Upended

COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of global supply chains. Maybe it’s time to rethink government’s role.

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The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is seen in the financial district of lower Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in New York City. Credit: Reuters/Andrew Kelly
May 7, 2020
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Stanford GSB Scholars Weigh in on Stimulus Package and a Post-COVID-19 Economy

In this panel, professors agreed that something needed to be done, fast, to help the economic fallout, but disagreed on federal government’s strategy.

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Signs that read “suspend rent” and “fear causes racism” are pictured on a boarded-up business in Seattle during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Credit: Reuters/Jason Redmond
April 23, 2020
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Contagion, Xenophobia, and Leadership

Infectious diseases such as COVID-19 trigger both disgust and fear. Combined, those can trigger a misguided search for a scapegoat.

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People who lost their jobs wait in line to file for unemployment following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at an Arkansas Workforce Center. Credit: Reuters/Nick Oxford
April 10, 2020
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Yes, the Unemployment Numbers Are Bad, but the Pain Might Be Relatively Short

“I do have hope that we can come out of it quickly,” says Stanford economist Edward Lazear.

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Restaurant staff clean the floor after closing early afternoon following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New York City, U.S., March 16, 2020. Credit: Reuters/Jeenah Moon
March 26, 2020
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Economists to Congress: Don’t Bail out Big Business

An open letter drafted by Stanford professors says the coronavirus stimulus package should benefit workers — not corporations and their wealthy shareholders.
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January 16, 2020
Video

Machine Learning and AI for Social Impact

Innovations developed at big tech firms could transform the nonprofit world, with a little help from academia.
November 22, 2019
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Stanford Researchers Find No ‘Magnet Effect’ When States Extend Public Health Insurance to Immigrants

When states expand public health insurance to include low-income, legal immigrants, it does not lead to out-of-state immigrants moving in search of benefits.
October 31, 2019
Written

Has California Hit the Limit on Tax Rates?

A study finds that almost half of the state’s 2012 income tax increase was eroded by people who moved away or lowered their taxable income.
September 25, 2019
Written

A Breakdown in U.S.-China Relations Would Damage Both Sides

At the Stanford China Economic Forum, experts lay out the risks of a relationship unraveled.
September 13, 2019
Video

Do Soda Taxes Create Healthier Communities?

Data from Philadelphia tells the story.
September 5, 2019
Written

Trump’s Trade Wars: “Very, Very Abnormal”

An expert on political economy explains what healthy trade relations look like and how China could exploit Trump’s vulnerability.
July 22, 2019
Written

What Happens to Local Jobs When State Taxes Go Up?

With states competing fiercely for business, even small increases in corporate rates will spur some firms to pull up stakes.
July 18, 2019
Written

It Takes More Than Mass Protests to Drive Change

Social advocacy organizations have greater impact on federal legislation when their experts get to testify.
July 12, 2019
Written

Why Hospitals Underreport the Number of Patients They Infect

The misclassification of hospital-acquired infections may be costing Medicare up to $200 million a year, a new study shows.
July 2, 2019
Written

What to Read This Summer

Escape the heat with books recommended by Stanford business professors.