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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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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.

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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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April 30, 2019
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Artificial Intelligence for the Perplexed Executive

AI can transform almost every industry. The biggest uncertainty may be the humans behind it.
April 24, 2019
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Why Self-Regulation Can Pay Off

Companies that try to fix problems on their own may sidestep more onerous regulations in the future.
March 22, 2019
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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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Why Republican Politicians Pay More Than Democrats for TV Ads

New research shows political advertising’s hidden costs.
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.
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.
January 10, 2019
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Why the Fed Won’t Cave to Trump

The president is browbeating the Federal Reserve, but a Stanford finance professor says it’s a bad idea that won’t work.
December 3, 2018
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Here’s What You Should Read over the Holidays

Seven Stanford business professors recommend their favorite books.
November 28, 2018
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The Cost of CEO Activism

A new survey shows how Americans respond to CEOs who weigh in on controversial issues.
October 30, 2018
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How Protests Can Swing Elections

A new study shows that both liberal and conservative protests have had a real impact on U.S. House elections.