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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.

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.

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.

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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Policy

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
Healthcare

Privatizing Medicaid Drug Benefits Reduces Spending

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

Terrorism vs. mental illness as a reason for violence
Social Impact

When Do People Label Attackers as Terrorists versus Mentally Ill?

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

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.

Policy

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?

Organizations

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.

Marketing

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.

Policy

How a “Robot Tax” Could Reduce Income Inequality

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

Healthcare

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.

Policy

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.

Healthcare

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.

Policy

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.

Economics

How Do People Respond to Sales Tax Increases?

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

Policy

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.

Policy

Robots Are Taking Americans’ Jobs. What Can Be Done?

Four concrete policy proposals to get people back to work.

Marketing

Are You Offering Your Children Too Many Choices?

Deciding between an abundance of options leads to less engagement with the final choice.

Investors Prefer It When Corporations Are Specific about the Risk They Face

The market values detailed risk disclosures. But executives should be cautious about oversharing.

Strategy

What Happens to Quality When One Company Builds the Tracks and Another Runs the Trains?

Governments looking to improve their infrastructure will want to know the answer.

Like chess, national security strategy can also benefit from game theory.
Policy

Is an Unpredictable Leader Good for National Security?

Think the goal is to keep your enemies guessing? Game theory suggests otherwise.

The economic effects of immigration include the spread of prosperity across America.
Economics

Does Immigration Help or Hurt Local Economies?

Historically, where immigrants cluster in the U.S., prosperity follows.

Policy

We Are Influenced by Racial Information Even When We Are Not Aware of Its Presence

Many of us acknowledge that implicit racial bias exists, but the problem goes deeper than we think.

Navigating regulatory challenges helped Uber in New York.
Policy

How Uber Took Manhattan

A Q&A on how startups can anticipate and navigate regulatory challenges.

Healthcare

A Healthcare Policy Expert on Four Key Differences Between the ACA and the AHCA

Craig Garthwaite explains how the GOP proposal could impact patients, insurers, and hospitals.

Social Impact

To Stop ISIS Recruitment in Western Countries, Promote Assimilation

An outsized number of radicalized recruits come from prosperous, egalitarian nations where Muslims feel isolated.

School gun violence is linked to the unemployment rate, and can be seen as a symptom to a struggling economy.
Economics

School Shootings Rise and Fall with the Unemployment Rate

Researchers set out to quantify gun violence at U.S. schools and made a surprising discovery.

Policy

Companies Want to Hire the Best Employees. Can Changes to the H-1B Visa Program Help?

The current lottery is not optimal for top foreign applicants or the companies that want to hire them.

Organizations

Should You Hire Someone with a Criminal Record?

Companies that give ex-offenders a fresh start may be rewarded with employees who stick around.

Policy

What Volkswagen’s Emissions Scandal Can Teach Us about Why Companies Cheat

Tighter standards may backfire in industries with fierce competition.

Policy

Why Are We So Quick to Excuse Drunken Behavior?

From criminal sentencing to corporate indiscretions, we hold people less accountable when alcohol is involved.

Healthcare

Under the ACA, the Cost of Caring for the Uninsured Decreased for Hospitals

The benefit has come only in states that expanded Medicaid.