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A model demonstrates Alibaba’s FashionAI technology, with the chosen item’s details being displayed on the mirror, at a pop-up store in partnership with fashion brand GUESS, on the sidelines of the Artificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textile Conference at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, China July 3, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Bobby Yip
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.

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Children drinking Coca-Cola. Credit: Reuters/Hazir Reka
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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Image of bundle of plastic straws. Credit: Eric Gaillard
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.
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Latest Stories in Political Economy

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.
October 18, 2018
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Are You an Ethical Leader?

Good intentions and gut instinct won’t take you far enough, say two Stanford GSB professors.
October 5, 2018
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Ten Years after the Financial Meltdown: What Have We Learned?

We aren’t nearly as safe as we could be, two Stanford GSB finance experts find.
September 6, 2018
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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
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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
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Do You Discriminate Along Party Lines?

A Stanford study hints at the broad consequences of political polarization.
May 2, 2018
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How Risk-Proof Is Your Company?

Political risk can blindside a poorly prepared manager.
March 27, 2018
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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
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Using Data to Find the Best Homes for Refugees

Stanford scholars develop an algorithm to choose cities for resettlement.