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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
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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
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Why Republican Politicians Pay More Than Democrats for TV Ads

New research shows political advertising’s hidden costs.

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Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. Credit: Reuters/Henry Nicholls
January 30, 2019
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What Brexit Means to UK Business: Like Jumping out of a Plane without a Parachute

A Stanford economist finds that Brexit is a top source of uncertainty for almost half of UK companies.

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Investors arguing in a board room. Credit: iStock/Martin Barraud
January 15, 2019
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How Politicians Hurt Your Public Pension Plan

A Stanford study indicates they make poor investment decisions because they’re overly influenced by campaign contributions and political considerations.

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A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holds a "Drain the Swamp" sign. Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts
January 11, 2019
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How the Great Recession Influenced Today’s Populist Movements

Stanford political scientists explain why populist messages emerged in contemporary politics and how they spurred larger political movements.
Insights and faculty research on the interplay between economics, law, and politics, including business-government relations and more.

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September 6, 2018
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Why “Uncertainty Shocks” Are Part of the Trump-Era Economy

A Stanford economist says that populist politicians have become a major source of economic uncertainty.
July 9, 2018
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Why Liberals and Libertarians Both Have It Wrong — And Right

Is the current economic malaise caused by income inequality, runaway regulation, or some combination of the two?
April 17, 2018
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Stephen Harper on America’s Immigration Problem, Free Trade, and Fighting Tough

The former Canadian prime minister takes a wide-lens view of world politics and his legacy.
April 12, 2018
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The Decline of the IPO

With fewer companies going public, corporate transparency gets murkier.
March 28, 2018
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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.
March 19, 2018
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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.
March 8, 2018
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Navigating the Shifting Seas of Global Government Oversight

Why a Stanford-trained entrepreneur sees gold in all that red tape.
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.
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 30, 2017
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Dealing With the Dominance of Corporate Lobbyists

In an era of “toothless” rules, the best fix might be as simple as paying congressional staffers more.