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February 16, 2018
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A Moral And Economic Argument For Testing Rape Kits

More than 400,000 sexual assault kits languish in storage. New research shows the impact of analyzing them.

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 Paul Oyer | Photograph by Winni Wintermeyer
February 16, 2018
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What an Economist Is Learning by Driving for Uber

In studying the gig economy, Paul Oyer opts for a hands-on-the-wheel approach.

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February 13, 2018
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Why Do We Avoid Information Right When We Need It Most?

Comparing ourselves to others can help us meet goals — especially if the timing’s right.

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February 7, 2018
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How Economic Insecurity Affects Worker Innovation

When the economy stumbles, so too does an employee’s interest in thinking outside the box.

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February 2, 2018
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The Rebel Behind Africa’s Telecom Revolution

How Strive Masiyiwa used street theater (and lawyers) to dominate a mobile marketplace.

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February 7, 2018
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What’s Fueling Latino Entrepreneurship — and What’s Holding It Back

Latinos are starting businesses at a higher rate than other ethnic groups, but scaling remains a challenge.

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February 1, 2018
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Look Beyond “Culture Fit” When Hiring

Research points to another important trait that can determine the success of a new hire.

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February 2, 2018
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Rent Control’s Winners and Losers

With rents going through the roof in hot cities, the hunt is on for a better way to protect tenants from being priced out of their homes.
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May 18, 2016
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How Companies Can Solve the Pay Equity Problem

A labor economist reveals how to close the pay gap.
May 16, 2016
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Strong “Signature Stories” Can Shape More Than a Company’s Brand

Businesses can touch customers and clarify corporate values by creating a powerful narrative.
May 10, 2016
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Pedro Gardete: The Real Price of Cheap Talk

Do customers benefit from highly targeted online ads?
May 5, 2016
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An Economist’s Take on Why Parental Leave Matters

Business prospers with a paid family leave policy. Here’s why.
May 3, 2016
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Alex Lofton: “There is a Chance You Will Fail”

Can a community model help first-time homebuyers?
April 29, 2016
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Arianna Huffington’s Next Disruption: Your Sleep Patterns

Why the founder of Huffington Post wants everyone to get more shut-eye.
April 28, 2016
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In Searches, Those Paid Ads Pay Off

One study shows how native ads attract more business.
April 25, 2016
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Nick Karnaze: “Life’s a Team Sport”

How the death of fellow Marine inspired a veteran to start his own business.
April 21, 2016
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Finding the Next Billion-Dollar Company

Want to spot a unicorn? Look for the horse running against the herd.
April 19, 2016
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A Solution to Exorbitant Health Care Spending?

Consumer-directed health plans were created to offer choice and control costs. One scholar examines their effectiveness.