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Updated: 2017-06-24T06:39:12Z


Meet the Oddball Entrepreneurs Who Invented Green Businesses


History is full of green entrepreneurs who were often treated by contemporaries as crazy. In the new book, "Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship," Geoffrey Jones chronicles the pioneers of sustainability dating back to the 19th century.

Conversational Peers and Idea Generation: Evidence from a Field Experiment


To develop a theory of innovator capability, Sharique Hasan and Rembrand Koning extend existing research linking personality and creativity to take into account the social nature of idea generation. Using data from an experiment embedded in a bootcamp for aspiring entrepreneurs, results show that better ideas are generated by “open” innovators exposed to extroverted peers.

First Look at New Research and Ideas, June 20


Should governments nudge? ... A new model for describing bubbles ... Exceptional management practices in India.

Learning to Manage: A Field Experiment in the Indian Startup Ecosystem


This study of 100 high-growth startups in India finds that founder-executives can learn how to improve their management style from their peers at other firms.

Amazon, Whole Foods Deal a Big Win for Consumers


What does Amazon's $14 billion deal for Whole Foods say about the future of retail? Harvard Business School professors Jose Alvarez and Len Schlesinger see good times for consumers.

Expressive Voting and Its Cost: Evidence from Runoffs with Two or Three Candidates


Vincent Pons and Clémence Tricaud highlight the motivations and consequences of citizens voting for lower-ranked candidates in elections held under plurality rule.

Minimizing Justified Envy in School Choice: The Design of New Orleans' OneApp


Alvin E. Roth and colleagues compare data from New Orleans and Boston in order to review designs and algorithms for better school assignment systems.

Why Global Investments Are Still a Good Bet


International markets often move together, so does a global investment portfolio even make sense anymore? Luis Viceira sees plenty of advantages in looking beyond home markets.

First Look at New Research and Ideas, June 13


Focus on a few growth metrics ... Immigrants and ingenuity ... How important is ‘detailing’ to medical sales?