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A girl holds a U.S. and Chinese flag. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
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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Supporters listen as Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant restarts the “Tax Amazon” campaign she led in 2019. Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder
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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Corporate business team brainstorming at an office table. Credit: iStock/Fizkes
March 26, 2020
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How to Build Better Teams

Hiring “the best” isn’t always the brightest move.
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Latest Stories in Political Economy

October 28, 2019
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The Mixed Impact of U.S. Corporate Tax Cuts

Slashing business taxes brings some local investment but fewer overall U.S. jobs, new research finds.
October 7, 2019
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The Five Best Policies to Promote Innovation — And One Policy to Avoid

A new toolkit aims to teach governments about which policies are supported by research.
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.
September 13, 2019
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Do Soda Taxes Create Healthier Communities?

Data from Philadelphia tells the story.
September 13, 2019
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What Tech Leaders Really Want

They’re an influential group that’s hard to pin down politically — until now. Meet the Liberaltarians.
September 5, 2019
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Trump’s Trade Wars: “Very, Very Abnormal”

An expert on political economy explains what healthy trade relations look like and how China could exploit Trump’s vulnerability.
July 30, 2019
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Ethnic Networks Help Refugees Find Work

Immigrants are more likely to find jobs within their first five years if they live near people who share their nationality, ethnicity, or language.
July 30, 2019
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Media Consolidation Means Less Local News, More Right Wing Slant

A new study finds conglomerates are reshaping local TV news from the top down.
July 2, 2019
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What to Read This Summer

Escape the heat with books recommended by Stanford business professors.
June 27, 2019
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Rising U.S. Inequality: How We Got Here, Where We’re Going

An economist and a business advisor discuss what might happen if the gap between rich and poor continues to grow.