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Robert Wilson, left, and Paul Milgrom | Credit: Andrew Brodhead
October 12, 2020
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Stanford Economists Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson Win the Nobel in Economic Sciences

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the pair for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.

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From left, Robert Wilson, David Kreps, and Paul Migrom, received the 2018 John J. Carty Award in the field of economics. | Elena Zhukova
March 28, 2018
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The Future of Economics

Three award-winning economists talk about where the field has been and where it’s heading.
Insights on economic theory, industrial organization, labor economics, macroeconomics, econometrics, environmental economics, and global trade.

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In this weekly webinar, Professor Brian Lowery is joined by guest speakers to explore systemic racism and the role of race in society. Open to public.

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Employees working in a garment factory in India. Credit: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee
October 5, 2020
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The Good and Bad of Measuring Worker Output in Real Time

Quantification boosts productivity if the task is simple, but demotivates if the task is complex, a Stanford study finds.
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This self-paced journey is designed to take about 45 minutes a day. It includes a series of readings, exercises, opportunities for reflections, and actions you can take.

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A woman holds an American flag after her daughter’s naturalization ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. Reuters/Callaghan O’Hare
September 15, 2020
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The Economics of Prioritizing Family Ties in U.S. Immigration Policy

Migrants from overrepresented countries arrive with less education and fewer skills.

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Shot of two colleagues having a brainstorming session in a modern office. Credit: iStock/laflor
September 10, 2020
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Practice Does Not Necessarily Make Perfect When It Comes to Creativity

A new study finds that recurring brainstorming sessions produce ideas that are, well ... kind of meh, actually.

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A doctor speaks with her elderly patient. Credit: iStock/FatCamera
September 21, 2020
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Calculating the Health Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

A controversial arm of the Affordable Care Act reduced strokes, heart disease, and other ailments among older, low-income patients, a new study finds.

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People drink and socialize at the Skylight Bar following the outbreak of the COVID-19 in London. Credit: Reuters/Henry Nicholls
September 3, 2020
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Schmoozing with Coworkers After Hours Has Professional Benefits — and Personal Costs

A new study shows that workers’ pay structure — hourly vs. salaried — affects how they perceive and spend their downtime.

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A team of students works on a project in the CoLab. Credit: Elena Zhukova
September 21, 2020
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Building Teams to Tackle the Most Challenging Problems

Yes, expertise matters. But diverse skill sets matter just as much — and perhaps even more — when it comes to solving hard problems.
Discover insights and guidance for leading in turbulent times.

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October 13, 2020
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If You Want to Change the World, You Need Power: Part 1

Motivating teams requires ambition, confidence, and empathy.
October 9, 2020
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Words Matter: How to Make Your Communication Inclusive

In this episode, we discuss how subtle word choice can invite inclusion, or can reinforce harmful stereotypes.
October 8, 2020
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Anat Admati on Milton Friedman and Justice

Friedman’s credo that corporations should focus only on maximizing shareholder value rests on assumptions that are “far from true in the real world.”
October 5, 2020
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The Good and Bad of Measuring Worker Output in Real Time

Quantification boosts productivity if the task is simple, but demotivates if the task is complex, a Stanford study finds.
September 25, 2020
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Question Your Questions: How to Spark Creativity in Your Communication

In this episode, we discuss how curiosity and storytelling can lead to more innovative online and in-person communication.
September 22, 2020
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VCs and COVID-19: We’re Doing Fine, Thanks

A survey of more than 1,000 venture capitalists finds that investors predict only a tiny dip in portfolio performance — and that the cash spigot remains open.
September 21, 2020
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Building Teams to Tackle the Most Challenging Problems

Yes, expertise matters. But diverse skill sets matter just as much — and perhaps even more — when it comes to solving hard problems.
September 21, 2020
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Calculating the Health Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

A controversial arm of the Affordable Care Act reduced strokes, heart disease, and other ailments among older, low-income patients, a new study finds.
September 15, 2020
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The Economics of Prioritizing Family Ties in U.S. Immigration Policy

Migrants from overrepresented countries arrive with less education and fewer skills.
September 11, 2020
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Showing Your Smile From Behind a Mask: How Culture and Emotion Impact Communication

In this episode, we discuss how cultural values play an important role in how you communicate and how you perceive others’ communication.