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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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A statue of George Washington stands across from the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, New York City. Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
March 23, 2020
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Where Insider Trading Flourishes

Two ways company insiders are taking advantage of privileged information and going undetected.

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Robb Willer, professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford GSB, smiling outdoors in front of a green background. Credit: Nancy Rothstein
March 18, 2020
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How to Bridge Political Divides

Reframe your argument to reflect the other side’s values.
Insights and faculty research on the interplay between economics, law, and politics, including business-government relations and more.

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