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August 1, 2022

How Former Enemies Can Develop Trust

A simple intervention can help diffuse animosity toward onetime armed foes, a study shows.

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July 5, 2022

Where Does Capitalism Go Next?

A conversation on “creative destruction,” growth, and designing a more equitable capitalist future.

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June 8, 2022

Take 5: Democracies and How They Thrive

A look at this form of government at a time when democracy is under stress around the world.

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June 1, 2022

How One Tax Reform Led to More Women in the Workforce Decades Later

A study of a major fiscal change in Italy shows how much individual lives are affected when governments get more efficient.

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May 3, 2022

Larry Summers on Inflation and the Fed’s Attempts to Cool the Economy

In a recent Q&A with Kellogg’s Jan Eberly, Summers is skeptical that the economy can achieve a “soft landing.”

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May 1, 2022

Tackling Global Poverty Takes More Than Cash

New research points to the power of including psychosocial interventions—such as group problem-solving—alongside economic ones.

April 29, 2022

Why Are U.S. Companies Hoarding So Much Cash?

More than anything else, it comes down to taxes.

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April 29, 2022

Why Sanctions Against Russia Are Falling Short

Game theory offers an explanation.

“Smart containment” offers better health and economic outcomes than quarantines alone.
April 26, 2022

China Is Caught in a COVID-19 Trap of Its Own Making

Why moderating its “zero-COVID” strategy is proving difficult.

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April 8, 2022

How Does Economic Uncertainty Play Out at the Local Level?

Indexing policy uncertainty by state provides new insights—and offers local governments a cautionary tale.

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April 4, 2022

When Interest Rates Climb, Some Workers Are Left Behind

When the Fed moves to cool the economy, it can disproportionately hurt female, Black, and less-educated workers in slack labor markets.

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March 14, 2022

5 Things You May Not Know about Tax Policy

How do income taxes impact people’s career choices? And do soda taxes actually work?

March 11, 2022

How Climate Disasters Ripple Through the Labor Market

Environmental crises are increasingly leading workers to migrate. What happens next?

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February 2, 2022

Psychological Factors—More Than Demographics—Drive Vaccine Behavior

The finding gives policymakers and medical professionals an important tool.

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February 1, 2022

Is an Efficient Government Always a Good Thing?

History sheds light on how processes designed to serve citizens can also be put to nefarious ends.

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January 21, 2022

It May Be Time to Reconsider That Noncompete Agreement

Federal regulators are cracking down on hiring practices that restrict employees’ wages and ability to work for competitors. Here’s what companies should know.

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November 2, 2021

The Health Department Gave Your Favorite Restaurant an 85. What on Earth Does That Mean?

Regulators should consider tweaking their scoring systems to make food-safety ratings more informative.

November 1, 2021

What Businesses Must Do to Curtail Climate Change

We need to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. This will require a new system of incentives.

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October 4, 2021

How Companies Can Do Data Privacy Better

Not all efforts are costly, and being known for strong protections could give firms a competitive advantage.

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August 12, 2021

Trust Usually Helps Communities Thrive. During a Pandemic, Not So Much.

Places with high levels of trust are worse at social distancing.

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