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Politics & Elections

Which Gold Medalists Do We Tweet About? Liberals and Conservatives Differ

New research explores how political ideology can affect whose accomplishments we celebrate.

Policy

Podcast: How the Boston Marathon Bombing Created a Rorschach Test for Perceptions of Race

And how a Kellogg professor found himself unexpectedly involved in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Policy

Which Voters Want to Expand Medicaid? Maybe Not the Ones You Think

Education level, and even college major, are better predictors than party affiliation.

Not Everyone Benefited from Lower Interest Rates During the Great Recession

The Fed wanted to help struggling homeowners. But new lending rules undermined its efforts.

Organizations

How to Navigate a Vertical Merger after the AT&T and Time Warner Ruling

Here’s what companies can do to minimize antitrust concerns in an uncertain regulatory environment.

Politics & Elections

Politicians Vote Differently When Journalists Aren’t Watching

During natural disasters, the media spotlight shifts—and special interests benefit.

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Economics

What Google Is Teaching Economists About Unemployment Insurance

Search data can tell policymakers whether extending unemployment benefits delays job-seeking.

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Strategy

Why Do Trainees Get Stuck with So Much Grunt Work?

There must be faster ways to get them up to speed. Yet grueling apprenticeships persist in medicine, law, and the trades.

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Organizations

Organizational Change Is Often a Tough Sell, but Encouraging Peer Interactions Can Help

A study of teachers offers lessons on how to get employees on board with reforms.

Politics & Elections

Take 5: Election Rules and Campaign Tactics That Sway Voters

A look at whether celebrity endorsements matter, why the top spot on a ballot is coveted, and more election research from Kellogg faculty.

Marketing

Government Got You Worried? It May Be Affecting Your Shopping Habits.

When we yearn for responsible lawmakers we tend to forgo pleasurable purchases in favor of more useful products.

Policy

Supreme Court Justices Become Less Impartial and More Ideological When Casting the Swing Vote

A new study suggests that justices may treat cases differently when given a chance to shape policy.

Innovation

Everyone Wants Pharmaceutical Breakthroughs. What Drives Drug Companies to Pursue Them?

A new study suggests that firms are at their most innovative after a financial windfall.

Healthcare

Video: How Open Lines of Communication Can Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Training physicians to be better communicators builds trust with patients and their loved ones.

Operations

Here’s a Better Way to Schedule Surgeries

A new tool could drive savings of 20 percent while still keeping surgeons happy.

Politics & Elections

Why Economic Crises Trigger Political Turnover in Some Countries but Not Others

The fallout can hinge on how much a country’s people trust each other.

Economics

How the Coffee Industry Is Building a Sustainable Supply Chain in an Unstable Region

Three experts discuss the challenges and rewards of sourcing coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Politics & Elections

Why Economic Crises Trigger Political Turnover in Some Countries but Not Others

The fallout can hinge on how much a country’s people trust each other.

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Economics

How the Coffee Industry Is Building a Sustainable Supply Chain in an Unstable Region

Three experts discuss the challenges and rewards of sourcing coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Policy

How Governments Can Better Defend Themselves Against Cyberattacks

The threat of retaliation can keep the peace. But that assumes you know who is attacking you.

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Politics & Elections

Why a Choice Doesn’t Feel Like a Choice When Morality Enters the Picture

A new study explains why heroes always say, “I just did what anybody would do.”

Healthcare

How to Solve Healthcare’s Trust Deficit

Doctors, patients, and insurers are often skeptical of each other. Three experts discuss ways to counteract that.

Economics

Take 5: What Science Says about Your Summer Vacation

Kellogg faculty explore the psychology and economics of common travel conundrums.

Healthcare

Even for the Insured, a Hospital Stay Has Surprising Costs

The long-term financial toll extends far beyond medical bills.

Healthcare

Video: Three Perspectives on Trust in Medicine

Relationships among patients, providers, and medical researchers have never been more complicated—or critical.

Politics & Elections

Why Certain Types of Elections Favor Extreme Candidates

Winners can differ when voting is done by district versus at-large.

Economics

How a Genetically Modified Soybean Helped Modernize an Economy

As Brazil’s farms became more efficient, workers shifted to manufacturing.

Policy

How to Make Economic Development More Inclusive

Two finance experts discuss the need to tailor strategies to specific underserved communities.

Economics

How the Potato Ushered in an Era of Peace

Its arrival in Europe had consequences that went far beyond diet.

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Economics

Is Social Mobility Essential to Democracy?

It depends on the size and assumptions of the middle class.

Policy

Does Lowering the Corporate Tax Rate Spur Economic Growth?

Results of a new study have implications for the recent U.S. tax overhaul.

Healthcare

Privatizing Medicaid Drug Benefits Reduces Spending

The savings come without any decrease in quality of care, new research shows.

Social Impact

When Do People Label Attackers as Terrorists versus Mentally Ill?

New research shows that people’s assumptions go beyond stereotypes.

Finance & Accounting

Take 5: How Do Households Manage Fluctuating Finances?

Plus, how policymakers can help them manage better.

Economics

Localized Natural Disasters Can Hurt an Entire Country’s Economy

A new study helps explain the economic ripple effects on supply chains.

Healthcare

When Healthcare Providers Consolidate, Medical Bills Rise

Can anything be done to rein in this expensive trend?

Audit Regulations Meant to Curb Accounting Scandals Are Working, Mostly

A post-Enron oversight board is a useful example for the regulation of other industries.