Political Economy

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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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March 31, 2020
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Could Infusion of Foreign Capital Be a Cure for Xenophobia?

Communities look more favorably on immigrants when investments help boost the local economy.

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April 23, 2020
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Reading Through the Pandemic

A Stanford business scholar discusses the literature that can sustain us in a crisis.
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The Secrets of Political Persuasion

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You Might Be Trying to Get the Wrong People to Vote Your Way — or Wear Masks

If you want to be efficient when it comes to influencing others, focus on those who are already (sort of) on your side.
October 15, 2020
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The Good, the Bad, and the What-Ifs Heading into Election 2020

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What Elite Donors Want

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The Economics of Prioritizing Family Ties in U.S. Immigration Policy

Migrants from overrepresented countries arrive with less education and fewer skills.
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Helping voters learn by trading in the stock market can shift their perspective and politics.
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Stimulus Money Might Stimulate Insider Trading

A new study reveals that politically connected shareholders cashed in with suspiciously well-timed trades during the 2008 federal bailout.
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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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Reading Through the Pandemic

A Stanford business scholar discusses the literature that can sustain us in a crisis.
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Could Infusion of Foreign Capital Be a Cure for Xenophobia?

Communities look more favorably on immigrants when investments help boost the local economy.