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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.

Joshua Krieger, Danielle Li and Dimitris Papanikolaou

September 6, 2018

Innovation

Should You Hire Someone with a Criminal Record?

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

Dylan Minor, Nicola Persico and Deborah M. Weiss

February 3, 2017

Organizations

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.

Anna Tuchman

December 4, 2017

Marketing

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.

Daniel Aobdia

February 1, 2018

Abandoning the Electoral College Would Remake Campaign Spending

A direct-vote system could have a sizeable impact on the behaviors of voters and candidates.

Brett Gordon and Wesley Hartmann

Why Sending Your Kid to the Best Possible School May Backfire

Being surrounded by smarter peers can hurt test scores and incite disruptive behavior.

Steve Cicala, Roland G. Fryer Jr. and Jörg L. Spenkuch

November 2, 2016

Does the H-1B Visa Program Hurt American Workers?

At least in one industry, these applicants appear to take jobs others do not want.

Daniel Aobdia, Anup Srivastava and Erqiu Wang

September 7, 2016

Policy

Alaskans Get an Annual Check from the State. How Do They Spend It?

The answer depends on a family’s income, but not in the way many economists expected.

Lorenz Kueng

Politicians Vote Differently When Journalists Aren’t Watching

During natural disasters, the media spotlight shifts—and special interests benefit.

Ethan Kaplan, Jörg L. Spenkuch and Haishan Yuan

January 3, 2019

Politics & Elections

How Closely Do Our Beliefs About Social Mobility Match Reality?

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

Alberto Alesina, Stefanie Stantcheva and Edoardo Teso

November 6, 2018

Economics

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