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How Closely Do Our Beliefs About Social Mobility Match Reality?

The answer dif­fers between Amer­i­cans and Euro­peans, and between lib­er­als and conservatives.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


Video: How Open Lines of Communication Can Improve Healthcare Outcomes

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

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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.

two coffee growers harvest beans

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.

Militaries defend themselves against cyber attacks.

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.


How to Solve Healthcare’s Trust Deficit

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


Take 5: What Science Says about Your Summer Vacation

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


Even for the Insured, a Hospital Stay Has Surprising Costs

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


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.


How a Genetically Modified Soybean Helped Modernize an Economy

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


How to Make Economic Development More Inclusive

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


How the Potato Ushered in an Era of Peace

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


How to Make Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment More Inclusive

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


How the Pota­to Ush­ered in an Era of Peace

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

Social mobility and democracy

Is Social Mobil­i­ty Essen­tial to Democracy?

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


Does Low­er­ing the Cor­po­rate Tax Rate Spur Eco­nom­ic Growth?

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


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.


Local­ized Nat­ur­al Dis­as­ters Can Hurt an Entire Country’s Economy

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


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.


What’s Behind the Cur­rent Wave of Ver­ti­cal Integration?

From Ama­zon – Whole Foods to CVS – Aet­na, com­pa­nies are recon­fig­ur­ing for an uncer­tain future. Four strat­e­gy pro­fes­sors discuss.


Will Peo­ple Price Shop for Healthcare?

A new study says yes, but only if the prices are easy to understand.


The Com­pli­cat­ed Log­ic Behind Donat­ing to a Food Pantry Rather than Giv­ing a Hun­gry Per­son Cash

If we were in need, we’d like­ly want mon­ey. So what accounts for that difference?


How Are Black – White Bira­cial Peo­ple Per­ceived in Terms of Race?

Under­stand­ing the answer — and why black and white Amer­i­cans’ respons­es may dif­fer — is increas­ing­ly impor­tant in a mul­tira­cial society.


Why Ban­ning E-cig­a­rette Ads on TV Could Backfire

A new study finds that an increase in e-cig­a­rette ads leads to a decrease in tra­di­tion­al cig­a­rette sales.

A robot fills out a tax form.

How a Robot Tax” Could Reduce Income Inequality

This tax can also be part of a plan to improve the econ­o­my as a whole.


Mea­sur­ing the Impact of Dodd – Frank on House­hold Leverage

The regulation’s attempt to pre­vent peo­ple from tak­ing on mort­gages they can’t repay may not work as intended.


Four Ways to Improve the Effi­cien­cy of U.S. Health­care Markets

An econ­o­mist dis­cuss­es how to ensure the right mix of access, afford­abil­i­ty, and quality.


How Do Peo­ple Respond to Sales Tax Increases?

New research shows we aren’t as blasé as econ­o­mists thought.


Ana­lyz­ing the Trump Tax Plan

A for­mer act­ing direc­tor of the Con­gres­sion­al Bud­get Office explains the impact on the deficit, cor­po­rate tax­es, and pass-through income.