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Knowledge@Wharton is the online business analysis journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Why a U.S. Tax System Overhaul Would Be ‘a Massive Undertaking’

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:38:11 +0000

Tax reform is a hot topic in Washington, but many questions surround the complex issue, both on the personal and the corporate tax side.

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How the CBO Report Will Impact the AHCA’s Fate

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:32:55 +0000

The CBO's report is in about the potential impacts of the American Health Care Act -- here's how the findings could impact Senate Republicans' version of the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Myth vs. Reality: Four Behaviors That Define Successful Leaders

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:00:37 +0000

Four traits characterize a high-performing CEO, according to an extensive 10-year study called the CEO Genome Project.

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How the Ford Foundation Is Raising the Stakes on Impact Investing

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:57:38 +0000

The Ford Foundation is shifting up to $1 billion in endowment funds to mission-related investments. Will it encourage others to change strategies too?

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Is Privacy Still a Big Deal Today?

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:51:32 +0000

Americans value their privacy but they are also resigned to giving up personal data to transact with a company. Is this acceptable?

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Why Finding Meaning — Not Happiness — Is What Really Matters

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:25:08 +0000

It is the pursuit of a meaningful life -- not happiness -- that leads to true contentment, according to a new book.

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Is Canada on the Brink of a Housing Bubble?

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:17:20 +0000

Housing prices in Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver have skyrocketed in the last few years, putting home ownership out of reach for many and causing experts to warn about a possible bubble.

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What Employers Should Know About Generation Z

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:43:59 +0000

Recession and other realities have left Generation Z more pragmatic, independent and competitive than their millennial predecessors.

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Social Media Endorsements: Where Will Marketers Draw the Line?

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:18:26 +0000

The rise of paid social media influencers is yet another skirmish in the game of cat and mouse between advertisers and consumers -- but the stakes are particularly high.

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Why Having a Location-first Marketing Strategy Pays Off

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:23:46 +0000

Location-based marketing can give businesses a competitive advantage, says Carlos Garcia, co-founder and CEO of HYP3R, a location-based engagement platform based in San Francisco.

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How the Waymo-Uber Lawsuit Could Rewrite Intellectual Property Rules

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:22:42 +0000

The lawsuit brought by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo against ride-hailing app firm Uber over self-driving car technology has experts reexamining how trade secrets are handled.

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Under Pressure: The Shifting Landscape of Banking Regulations

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:14:54 +0000

Recent Wharton research analyzes how external auditors and bank regulations affect the discretion that banks have in loan loss provision estimates.

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Is Canada the Right Model for a Better U.S. Health Care System?

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:38:28 +0000

For many critics of U.S. health care, Canada's single-payer system has long been viewed as an alternative, superior model. Could a similar system work in the U.S.?

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How Orangenius Seeks to Bind the Fractured Art Universe

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:04:02 +0000

Orangenius CEO Grace Cho and founding sponsor Denis Nayden want to unite the “creative economy” with business services to a highly fragmented market.

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The Promise — and Perils — of ‘Smart’ Contracts

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:38:10 +0000

Smart contracts promise to bring innovation and much greater efficiency to contract law. But what they cannot do is replace contract law itself, new Wharton research shows.

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Does Gender Diversity on Boards Really Boost Company Performance?

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:10:20 +0000

Conventional wisdom says gender diversity in the corporate boardroom improves company performance. But academic research says otherwise.

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Will the Thaw in U.S.-China Relations Continue?

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:48:12 +0000

U.S.-China relations had a rough start this year. Then relations became more affable. Can the need to cooperate overcome the risks of confrontation?

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Silicon Valley: A Peek Into the World of Young Entrepreneurs

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:38:48 +0000

A new book takes a look inside the insular world of Silicon Valley’s young entrepreneurs.

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How the WannaCry Attack Will Impact Cyber Security

Tue, 16 May 2017 17:42:09 +0000

A “Digital Geneva Convention” and government mandates to prevent use of harmful software are among several measures experts suggest to boost cyber security.

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Why Amazon Is Leaving Legacy Retailers in the Dust

Mon, 15 May 2017 21:11:51 +0000

What is the secret to the unparalleled success that keeps Amazon growing while so many traditional retailers are shutting their doors?

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Should a Robot Run Your Retirement Portfolio?

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:43:13 +0000

Jon Stein, CEO of robo-advisor firm Betterment, talks about why this technology is the future of wealth management.

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How Behavioral Economics Could Solve America’s Health Care Woes

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:59:33 +0000

Behavioral economics could help tackle the complex problem of creating a health insurance system that works for all citizens.

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Has Venezuela’s Crisis Reached a Tipping Point?

Thu, 11 May 2017 18:02:14 +0000

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro’s attempts to consolidate political power amid economic misery are taking a huge toll, according to two Penn experts.

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How Moon Jae-in’s Win in South Korea Will Impact Asia

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:59:56 +0000

Two experts discuss the challenges ahead for new South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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Disrupting Politics: How an Upstart Upended the French Election

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:51:21 +0000

Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche! party is a political startup that used digital tools to take down France’s dominant duopoly, notes this opinion piece.

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A ‘Collective Impact Model’ to Fight Domestic Violence

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:55:27 +0000

The head of Women Against Abuse, winner of the 2017 Lipman Family Prize, talks about the group's work and goals.

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After the French Elections, Is Populism in Europe Dead?

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:09:22 +0000

In this op-ed, Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett writes that while pro-EU parties have gained ground, it is too soon to celebrate the end of populism.

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A ‘History-friendly’ Way to Look at Tech Innovation

Wed, 10 May 2017 16:04:47 +0000

Four economists offer a new way of looking at technological innovation: by expanding beyond theory and accounting for an industry’s historical context.

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How Our Reignited Love Affair with Cities Created an Urban Crisis14803839 - new york city manhattan midtown aerial panorama view with skyscrapers and blue sky in the day.

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:59:58 +0000

Americans are flocking to major cities, leading to an urban revival. But the shift also brings challenges, according to a new book.

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With Macron’s Victory, Will Europhoria Triumph Over Euro-Gloom?

Tue, 09 May 2017 19:43:00 +0000

Macron’s election as French President removes an immediate threat to the EU’s existence. Can it now overcome other serious challenges – to thrive again?

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Perils in Puerto Rico: Is Bankruptcy the Answer?

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:26:48 +0000

In the face of multiple odds, a carefully drafted fiscal plan promises redemption to debt-battered Puerto Rico.

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How Renault’s Carlos Ghosn Is Prepping for the Rise of Auto AI

Tue, 09 May 2017 16:29:29 +0000

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of France-based Renault, discusses the state of the global automobile market, including the rise of autonomous cars.

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What Science Says About Achieving Peak Performance

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:09:52 +0000

Advances in cognitive neuroscience provide insights into how the brain works like never before. A new book combines science with management techniques to offer strategies for peak performance.

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How the Outcome of the French Election Will Impact Europe

Mon, 08 May 2017 20:31:34 +0000

Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election puts to rest for now the threat of France's exit from the European Union.

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How a Simple Nudge Spurred More People to Say ‘Yes’ to Teach for America

Fri, 05 May 2017 17:31:49 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines how "social information" can affect the outcome of high-stakes decisions, such as choosing that first job.

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Can Netflix and Amazon Disrupt India’s Streaming Video Market?

Thu, 04 May 2017 20:35:34 +0000

Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are pushing up the cost and speed of content acquisition and original production in India.

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To Hell and Back: Lessons from a Successful Subprime Survivor

Thu, 04 May 2017 17:47:45 +0000

Former Radian CEO S.A. Ibrahim believes that leadership in a crisis begins by assuming you will succeed.

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The Dangers of American Complacency

Thu, 04 May 2017 16:33:47 +0000

Economist and author Tyler Cowen says that Americans are more complacent than ever -- and that’s not a good thing.

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Why the French Election Is Fateful for Europe and the World

Wed, 03 May 2017 20:29:23 +0000

On the eve of the French election, France’s ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud, spoke about trends reflected in Marine Le Pen’s candidacy.

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Can Public-sector Organizations Become Fintech Disruptors?

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:59:36 +0000

The European Stability Mechanism is leveraging financial technology to improve the way capital markets work and boost euro-area financial stability.

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An Olympian Shares the Five Steps to Developing Resilience

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:54:02 +0000

Olympian Bonnie St. John shares the five steps that help to develop resilience, from her new book.

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What’s Ahead for United and the Airline Industry?

Wed, 03 May 2017 18:35:31 +0000

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz testified in front of Congress this week, after settling out of court with a passenger who was violently removed from a flight.

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Is the U.S. Stock Market Headed Higher — or for a Crash?

Tue, 02 May 2017 18:15:12 +0000

Concern is building that the U.S. stock market is dangerously high. Wharton experts weigh in -- and offer advice for investors.

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Building a Better American Voting System

Tue, 02 May 2017 18:13:27 +0000

A new report by the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative looks at the state of U.S. voting technology.

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The White House Tax Plan: What Will Work, and What Won’t

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:10:34 +0000

The Trump administration’s tax plan would likely mean increased government borrowing and a crowding out of private investment and capital formation, experts say.

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Why Some Companies Need More Tortoises, Not Hares

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:23:15 +0000

Being speedy at your job isn’t the best trait for every profession, said writer Malcolm Gladwell at the recent Wharton People Analytics Conference. So why do educational and job testing favor the fastest candidates?

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Taking the Reins: How One CEO Transformed His Consulting Firm

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:53:57 +0000

Boston Consulting Group’s Rich Lesser shares insights on becoming a CEO, noting that authenticity is a key factor in successful leadership.

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Bilateral or Multilateral: Which Trade Partnerships Work Best?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:20:49 +0000

The Trump administration’s trade advisors argue that greater dependence on bilateral -- rather than multilateral -- trade agreements will provide maximum advantages for U.S. exporters and consumers. Which approach is best?

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How to Break Your Smartphone Addiction

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:48:01 +0000

People have become addicted to their mobile devices. NYU professor Adam Alter says it’s by design -- and offers some ideas on how to break the habit.

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Does the Hype Exceed Reality for Precision Medicine?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:41:45 +0000

Personalized medicine – also called precision or genetics-based medicine -- was expected to revolutionize the field. But why are results so meager 15 years later?

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