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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.

people in various states on a U.S. map look at a graph measuring policy uncertainty.
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 6, 2022

3 Economic Implications of Russia’s War on Ukraine

“We are seeing a world that’s going to be less than the sum of its parts.”

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April 5, 2022

We Hear a Lot about New Drugs. But What Spurs Innovation in Medical Procedures?

There’s been little research on what brings about new procedures, despite how life-changing they can be.

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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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April 1, 2022

How Social Stigma Can Dissuade Us from Taking Care of Our Health

A new study explores the decisions that go into seeking preventative care.

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March 17, 2022

Will Putin's War Slow China's Growth?

The additional spike in food and energy prices caused by the Russia–Ukraine conflict could be devastating for China. But the country’s neutral political stance toward the war may also yield economic gains.

Tax structure impacts career choice
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 10, 2022

6 Takeaways on Today’s Economy

A finance professor breaks down the data on inflation, the labor market, and the future of cities.

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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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February 1, 2022

Covid Hit in an Era of Broadband and Zoom. How Much Did That Help the Economy?

A new study sheds light on the impact of remote work on GDP in 2020.

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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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January 7, 2022

When a Bunch of Economists Look at the Same Data, Do They All See It the Same Way?

Not at all, according to a recent study, which showed just how much noise can be introduced by researchers’ unique analytical approaches.

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December 8, 2021

Top Economic Concerns for 2022

Growth continues, but risks abound.

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December 1, 2021

Can Larger Loans Help Small Firms Grow?

Sometimes. But it turns out that lenders are bad at figuring out which businesses will benefit.

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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.

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