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Lawrence M. Wein. Credit: Nancy Rothstein
May 17, 2019
Video

Testing Rape Kits Saves Money and Stops Crime

Lawrence M. Wein finds that the benefits of testing outweigh the costs.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. Credit: Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein
April 24, 2019
Written

Roger McNamee: “Facebook Is Terrible for America”

Facebook’s loudest critic says social media profits by manipulating consumers.

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Children drinking Coca-Cola. Credit: Reuters/Hazir Reka
March 22, 2019
Written

How to Design a Better Soda Tax

An analysis of Philadelphia’s sweet-drink “sin tax” finds a flaw in the system: Many people simply drive beyond city limits to buy their pop.

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Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf arrives to testify before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the firm’s sales practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Gary Cameron
March 15, 2019
Written

Businesses Behaving Badly: The State of Corporate Scandal in 2019

Expert panelists put corporate wrongdoing in its broader context.

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People silhouetted against an illuminated ad for Donald Trump. Credit: Reuters/Gretchen Ertl
February 27, 2019
Written

Why Republican Politicians Pay More Than Democrats for TV Ads

New research shows political advertising’s hidden costs.
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On this podcast episode, the politician and businessman argues why self-knowledge makes for a more effective leader.
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Stephen Harper on America’s Immigration Problem, Free Trade, and Fighting Tough

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The Decline of the IPO

With fewer companies going public, corporate transparency gets murkier.
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The Case for a Danish-Style Safety Net

Businesses benefit when the government steps in to provide social benefits, a visiting scholar contends.
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Taking Advantage of the Tattletale Effect

Once the government sets product standards, let competitors — not regulators — test each other’s claims.
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Navigating the Shifting Seas of Global Government Oversight

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