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Tiles of brightly colored, posterized images of the Capitol Building. Credit: iStock/smartboy10
June 10, 2020
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The Rise of the ‘Liberaltarian’

Tech industry millionaires are moving the Democratic Party to the left on almost every issue except government regulation. Unions beware.

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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.
Insights and faculty research on the interplay between economics, law, and politics, including business-government relations and more.

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Reframe your argument to reflect the other side’s values.
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March 5, 2020
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Americans’ Views on Taxes Are Surprisingly Complicated

A majority favors wealth tax, but not if it would hurt the economy or increase unemployment.
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Democracy and Prosperity Require Uncorrupted Governments

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Machine Learning and AI for Social Impact

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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
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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
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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.
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Do Soda Taxes Create Healthier Communities?

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