Political Economy


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June 10, 2020

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

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

Reading Through the Pandemic

A Stanford business scholar discusses the literature that can sustain us in a crisis.
Insights on economic theory, industrial organization, labor economics, macroeconomics, econometrics, environmental economics, and global trade.

Latest Stories in Political Economy

November 22, 2019

Uncertainty Drags Down Global Growth

Tariffs and trade policy uncertainty have had a chilling impact on business, a Stanford scholar says.
November 7, 2019

Exploring the Human Side of Artificial Intelligence

At an AI forum, experts say the arrival of superhuman machine intelligence will be one of the biggest events in human history.
October 31, 2019

Has California Hit the Limit on Tax Rates?

A study finds that almost half of the state’s 2012 income tax increase was eroded by people who moved away or lowered their taxable income.
October 28, 2019

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

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

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

Do Soda Taxes Create Healthier Communities?

Data from Philadelphia tells the story.
September 13, 2019

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

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

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.