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Does It Pay Off to Invest in Companies That Engage in Sustainable Practices?

New research helps to quantify the value of “ESG” initiatives.

Eager student raises hand while other student hesitates.
Social Impact

How Peer Pressure Can Lead Teens to Underachieve—Even in Schools Where It’s “Cool to Be Smart”

New research offers lessons for administrators hoping to improve student performance.

Conspiracy Theories Abound. Here’s How to Curb Their Allure.

A new study shows how feeling more in control can limit conspiratorial thinking.

Social Impact

Take 5: The Science of Back-to-School Season

Why sending your kid to the “best” school may backfire, and other education research from Kellogg faculty.

Policy

How to Make Economic Development More Inclusive

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

Social Impact

Podcast: How You and Your Company Can Lend Expertise to a Nonprofit in Need

Plus: Four questions to consider before becoming a social-impact entrepreneur.

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Economics

How the Potato Ushered in an Era of Peace

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

Self-dehumanization leads to unethical behavior.
Social Impact

What Makes Deceit Such a Hard Habit to Break?

New research gets at the psychology behind serial misconduct.

Shareholder activism creates corporate change.
Social Impact

How the NRA Boycotts Force Companies to Walk a Precarious Tightrope

Two Kellogg professors discuss the changing landscape for companies trying to stay neutral in our polarized political climate.

Social Impact

Take 5: How Companies Benefit from Corporate Social Responsibility

CSR is in vogue. And it can help a firm’s bottom line.

Social Impact

Rewarding CEOs for Corporate Social Responsibility Pays Off for Society—and for Firms

CSR contracting encourages executives to sacrifice short-term payoffs for long-term gains.

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?

Marketing

To Improve Fundraising, Give Donors a Local Connection

Research offers concrete strategies for appealing to donors who want to make an impact.

Social Impact

“If You’re Inconsistent, You’re Toast.”

Companies serious about social impact are taking a deliberate stand on issues in line with their core business.

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.

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.

Organizations

The Psychology Behind Fake News

Cognitive biases help explain our polarized media climate.

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.

Organizations

The Psychology Behind Fake News

Cognitive biases help explain our polarized media climate.

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.

Healthcare

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

The benefit has come only in states that expanded Medicaid.

Operations

Is There a Better Way to Allocate Organs to Transplant Patients?

Two ideas for changing a system where people linger on waitlists while kidneys spoil.

Social Impact

What Is the Future of Impact Investing?

“People are revisiting the relationship they want their capital to have with the world.”

Innovation

Podcast: You Had Me at “Bleep Blorp”

How humans and robots are learning to trust each other.

Policy

Higher Taxes Can Make Altruistic Jobs More Attractive

But subsidizing these careers may ultimately do more good.

Social Impact

When Companies Praise Good Behavior, They May Encourage the Exact Opposite

Why giving customers credit for altruistic purchases can backfire.

Operations

Can Going Big on Eco-friendly Practices Really Pay Off?

The case for doing even more than swapping out lightbulbs.

Entrepreneurship

Can Your Invention Take the Heat?

An infant HIV test offers lessons for entrepreneurs designing for tough conditions.

Entrepreneurship

Podcast: What Does It Take to Bring an Ambitious Product to Market?

Tips for entrepreneurs on when to shift the finish line.

A customer weighs the environmental benefit of a green product.
Marketing

Shh! Don’t Tell the Customers that Their Solar Panels Will Save Them Money

Green marketers should stick to a single message. But which one?

Marketing

A 10:30 Cupcake? Don’t Mind If I Do

Both consumers and marketers can benefit from knowing when self-control is lowest.

Entrepreneurship

How to Foster Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets

A Q&A with four entrepreneurs about the global startup landscape—and what governments can do to help.

Leadership

How Today’s Clergy Are Putting Their Faith in Management Training

Like CEOs, faith leaders face challenges running large organizations in a rapidly changing landscape.

Social Impact

How Hateful Rhetoric Can Create a Vicious Cycle of Dehumanization

The way we feel perceived can have dangerous consequences.

Social Impact

The Danger of Dehumanizing Others

People who think other groups are less evolved are more likely to support retaliation against them.

People enjoying social responsible wine.
Marketing

You Can Taste the Benevolence

If your customers know you donate to charity, will they like your products more?

Social Impact

Design Thinking Isn’t Always the Answer

The most durable solutions for social change come from within communities.