Political Economy


Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain. Credit: Reuters/Henry Nicholls
January 30, 2019

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.


Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell arrives at his news conference after the two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee on interest rate policy in Washington. Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas
January 10, 2019

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.


A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holds a "Drain the Swamp" sign. Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts
January 11, 2019

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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Latest Stories in Political Economy

September 6, 2018

Why “Uncertainty Shocks” Are Part of the Trump-Era Economy

A Stanford economist says that populist politicians have become a major source of economic uncertainty.
August 6, 2018

The Biggest Antitrust Story You’ve Never Heard

The rise of institutional investors threatens competition, hurts consumers, and might qualify as a new kind of monopoly.
May 7, 2018

Do You Discriminate Along Party Lines?

A Stanford study hints at the broad consequences of political polarization.
May 2, 2018

How Risk-Proof Is Your Company?

Political risk can blindside a poorly prepared manager.
March 27, 2018

A New Kind of Peace Studies: The Stock Market

When Israelis invest in stocks, they are more likely to support peace negotiations, new Stanford research shows.
January 30, 2018

Using Data to Find the Best Homes for Refugees

Stanford scholars develop an algorithm to choose cities for resettlement.
September 12, 2017

Immigrant Protections Improve Children’s Mental Health

Research shows DACA has significantly reduced the number of anxiety disorders among immigrant families.
August 23, 2017

Why Aren’t More Americans Ditching Their Cigarettes?

A Stanford study finds that people understand smoking can lead to deadly diseases like lung cancer, but many underestimate those risks.
July 14, 2017

The Link Between Globalization and Political Instability

Job automation and rising tensions in the labor force will bring even more volatility in the future, says political economist David Brady.
July 6, 2017

Trump and the GOP — Can this Marriage Work?

Will Republican leaders continue to tolerate the outlier President? David Brady, Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business says yes... for now.