Political Economy


A woman browsing the shelves at a bookstore. Credit: iStock/Satoshi-K
December 3, 2018

Here’s What You Should Read over the Holidays

Seven Stanford business professors recommend their favorite books.


Ken Shotts and Neil Malhotra. Credit: Drew Kelly
October 18, 2018

Are You an Ethical Leader?

Good intentions and gut instinct won’t take you far enough, say two Stanford GSB professors.


Annabella Helman of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Olivia McAuliffe of McLean, Virginia join hands as other protesters overrun the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in as an Associate Justice. Credit: Reuters/James Lawler Duggan
October 30, 2018

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.
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Latest Stories in Political Economy

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.
July 3, 2017

Europeans Favor Fairness in Allocating Asylum Seekers

Stanford scholars surveyed citizens of 15 European countries and found that they support allocating asylum seekers proportional to each country’s capacity.
June 14, 2017

Why Politicians Have Incentives to Let Outdated Policies Linger

Real-world disruptions inevitably lead to “policy decay,” but corrections are hard to come by.
June 7, 2017

Is Capitalism Bad for Workers?

Labor’s share of national income is shrinking. But don’t hit the barricades just yet.