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man in store aisle compares eco-friendly product with conventional product.
July 1, 2021

Are Customers Skeptical of Eco-friendly Products?

New research pushes back on the idea that consumers reflexively distrust the performance of these products.

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June 1, 2021

Why Do Some People See Inequality Where Others Don’t?

A new study helps explain societies’ deeply polarized views on bias and discrimination.

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May 3, 2021

How Do Immigrant Students Affect Their Classmates' Academic Performance?

While previous studies suggested a negative impact, new, more precise research shows these students often boost their U.S.-born peers’ test scores

CEO looks out window at protesters
April 28, 2021

Why Companies Should Engage with Activists

As calls for social change grow louder, corporations that stay silent risk alienating both customers and employees.

Shoppers use debit card terminal
April 1, 2021

How Debit Cards Are Helping Low-Income Households Save—and Benefiting Their Neighbors Too

A federal initiative in Mexico had huge spillover effects.

Student distance learning on computer at school
March 1, 2021

There’s an Education Gap Between Rural and Urban Communities. Can Technology Bridge It?

Researchers identified a program that helps rural students learn—and improves their incomes later in life.

executive describes sustainable investments
February 17, 2021

Understanding the Rapidly Evolving World of Sustainable Finance

It’s no longer a niche investment strategy—and it has the potential to deliver strong returns.

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February 4, 2021

Big-Time College Athletes Don’t Get Paid. Here’s How This Amplifies Racial Inequities.

A new study finds that much of the revenue from football and basketball, which have a high proportion of Black athletes, gets funneled to predominantly white teams.

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January 4, 2021

A Surprising Benefit of Feeling Ownership over Your Possessions

Owning things can boost our self-esteem. And that, in turn, can make us want to help others.

Young men stand in front of recruiting office
December 1, 2020

How Racism Discouraged Volunteer Enlistment Immediately after Pearl Harbor

New research examines what happened when Black and Japanese men, who were battling discrimination at home, were asked to fight injustice abroad.

School children exit bus
October 1, 2020

Researchers Designed an Algorithm to Save Schools Money and Improve Equity. The District Loved it. Then Things Got Messy.

A tale of bus routes in Boston shows the promises and pitfalls of using new technology to change entrenched systems.

To succeed, foreign aid and health programs need buy-in and coordination with local partners.
August 7, 2020

Why Well-Meaning NGOs Sometimes Do More Harm than Good

Studies of aid groups in Ghana and Uganda show why it’s so important to coordinate with local governments and institutions.

Black entrepreneurs enter a bank lobby
July 20, 2020

Black-Owned Businesses Often Struggle to Access Capital. Here’s How Financial Institutions Can Change That.

Banks and investors need to redefine creditworthiness, diversify their boards, and think more about social returns.

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July 10, 2020

Does Social-Media Use Increase Xenophobia?

A recent study investigates, using data from a popular Russian social-media platform and information on regional hate crimes.

How can corporations break down barriers to real racial equity and inclusion?
June 16, 2020

“This Is What It Means to Be Black in America and Black in Corporate America”

As the nation reckons with structural racism, a Kellogg professor and a Google diversity recruiter discuss what credible leadership looks like for business leaders.

A gardener grows plants in pots.
June 9, 2020

What Will It Take to Alleviate Global Poverty?

What Will It Take to

Employees happy in an office
June 9, 2020

Some Companies Actually Do See Financial Returns on Their Social Investments. Here’s What They Have in Common.

A new study finds that ESG investments—when paired with high employee satisfaction—boost stock performance.

Social media echo chambers form surprisingly fast.
April 17, 2020

Uncertainty. Loss of Control. Why COVID-19 Is a Perfect Storm for Conspiracy Theories.

And how policymakers can help make them less appealing.

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March 21, 2020

What Your Business Can Do to Help the Community during the Coronavirus Crisis

Want to take action but don’t know how? Answering these three questions can get you started.

Promises to incorporate ESG criteria into investing have gone unfulfilled.
March 18, 2020

Many Funds Have Committed to Socially Responsible Investing—But Few Are Following Through

As money flows into ESG funds, new evidence shows that most asset managers aren’t actually changing their investment behaviors.

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