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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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How the Bewildering World of Student Loans Creates Debt Traps

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:04:49 +0000

Student loan debt in the United States -- at $1.3 trillion -- is the second-largest category of consumer debt. Are there common-sense ways to help curtail it?

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Why China Is Leading the Fintech Race

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:03:37 +0000

The innovations of the U.S. tech sector are justly acclaimed, but China is racing ahead in the rapidly developing fintech sector, with India poised to follow, writes Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett.

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How Pay Inequality Affects the Bottom Line

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:43:02 +0000

Pay inequality is a persistent problem that is getting more exposure than ever before. Recent Wharton research examines how inequality affects individual workers and entire companies.

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Opening up ‘Code’: Why Programming Needs More Women and Minorities

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:29:28 +0000

Veteran programmer Ellen Ullman shares her personal experiences in the mostly male world of coding.

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Will the Japanese Grant ‘Abenomics’ a Fresh Mandate?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:41:54 +0000

Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s promise five years ago to restore dynamism to his country's economy has had limited success. Will voters allow more time?

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Does Repealing the Clean Power Plan Make Economic Sense?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:18:47 +0000

Repealing the Clean Power Plan will not only lead to adverse health and environmental effects, but it will also hurt U.S. competitiveness, experts say.

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A ‘World Without Mind’: Big Tech’s Dangerous Influence

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:51:11 +0000

Big Tech – Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon -- pose an existential threat because they come between us and reality, a new book contends.

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Local or Global: Who Should Be in Charge of Hiring New Employees?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:37:46 +0000

There’s a trend these days toward buying and selling locally sourced goods – but should that push to "go local" also extend to the way firms hire retail employees?

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From Weeks to Minutes: How Fintech Is Changing the Speed of Lending

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:59:30 +0000

Online lender Kabbage harnesses the power of data analytics to approve small business loans far faster than banks, says executive Spencer Robinson.

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DowDuPont’s Andrew Liveris: How America Can Bring Back Manufacturing

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:45:06 +0000

DowDuPont’s Andrew Liveris says America's manufacturing base should be strengthened or the country will lose the ability to innovate.

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How to Build Trust and Lead Effectively

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:27:21 +0000

Developing trust is necessary to lead effectively. Counterintelligence expert Robin Dreeke shares his five steps to generating trust at work and in life.

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How to Find Happiness on the Job

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:11:06 +0000

Deadlines, staff shortages and other stresses can make work an unhappy place. But there are three actions we can take to feel more fulfilled on the job.

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Why the Next Phase for Fintech Is Collaboration, Not Just Competition

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:19:22 +0000

Fintech is growing up, and the sector's evolution is creating a wealth of new opportunities for both incumbent financial institutions and disruptors.

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What Ants, Mice and Monkeys Can Teach Us About the Impact of Stress

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:05:11 +0000

Two Penn professors are taking an interdisciplinary approach to learning how stress affects individuals – and what we could do about it.

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How Richard Thaler’s ‘Simple Insights’ Led to a Nobel Prize

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:28:06 +0000

Wharton professor Katherine Milkman discusses the ground-breaking ideas that led to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Economics to behavioral economist Richard H. Thaler.

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Why Advertising ‘Had to Die’ Before Getting Better

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:48:18 +0000

Author and former Tribeca Enterprises CEO Andrew Essex discusses the future of entertainment and advertising.

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How Will McDonald’s Fare in India’s Burger Battle?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:48:34 +0000

Fast-food giant McDonald’s is struggling with fractious franchisees and new competition in India. But the brand’s strong equity and aspirational image in that market will help see it through, experts say.

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What Does the OCC Envision for Fintech Regulation?

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:33:29 +0000

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika discusses the regulator's view of fintech with Wharton finance professor Richard Herring.

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How Publishers and Marketers Can Make Content King — Again

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 18:19:55 +0000

Consumers no longer blindly trust publishers or marketers. That means a new tone is needed in how the two communicate, notes the author of this opinion piece.

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How Silicon Valley Could Confront Gender Discrimination

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:07:25 +0000

Jillian Manus, a partner at an early-stage venture capital firm, takes on a challenging work environment where even forward-thinking men can feel lost.

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How TAG Heuer Pivoted to Digital

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:23:14 +0000

TAG Heuer headed off digital disruption by embracing the connected watch, even though it made the company dependent on Silicon Valley. A new case study looks at the development of the Carrera luxury watch.

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Why Shimon Peres’s Life Had ‘No Room for Small Dreams’

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:17:15 +0000

Shimon Peres's son, Chemi, discusses his father's memoir, notably his vision for peace in the Middle East.

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What Defines Millennials – and How Marketers Can Reach Them

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:45:50 +0000

Digital culture, fragmentation, distrust of big business and a heavy dose of skepticism are key facets of the millennial generation – and they have led to profound changes in mass marketing, advertising and messaging.

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Can Regulators Embrace Fintech While Protecting Consumers?

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:17:43 +0000

Fintech has the potential to broaden access to finance, but regulators need to ensure that algorithms don’t lead to unfair treatment of consumers, according to Patrick Harker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

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Is the Rise of Contract Workers Killing Upward Mobility?

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:09:44 +0000

The use of contract workers is a rising trend among private companies and public entities. Although the practice is intended to save money, organizations may suffer other costs.

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‘Being the Change’: How to Spark a Climate Revolution

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:47:07 +0000

A NASA scientist looks at the science and economics of climate change and offers solutions on the societal and personal levels.

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How Bike Sharing Is Maturing in China

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:13:18 +0000

Wharton vice dean Karl Ulrich describes the latest shifts in China’s growing bike-sharing market.

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So Long, Selfies: Why Candid Photos Make a Better Impression

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:19:07 +0000

Selfies have become ubiquitous in the social media age. But all those posed photos might be impacting how others see us in a way that we didn't intend.

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Why Puerto Rico Faces Worse Perils Than Texas and Florida

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:15:30 +0000

Puerto Rico suffered a worse disaster -- and faces a much longer, more fraught, path to recovery -- than Texas, Louisiana or Florida.

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How Private Equity in Asia Is Changing

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:20:32 +0000

A fast-rising middle class and urbanization are driving more competition and specialization, says a principal at Morgan Stanley.

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How the Feuding Kellogg Brothers Fought their Cereal Wars

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:26:49 +0000

The status of Kellogg's as an American icon glosses over the family drama between brothers John and Will Kellogg, whose ideas gave birth to the business.

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Will SoftBank Vision Fund’s $6 Billion Bet in India Pay Off?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:25:56 +0000

The world’s largest tech fund is setting its sights on India’s internet sector with stakes in Flipkart, Ola and others. Will it pay off?

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Does Connectivity Help — or Hurt — the Doctor-Patient Relationship?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:29:45 +0000

E-visits to doctors were supposed to make it easier for physicians to treat patients and create better health outcomes. But it has not turned out that way.

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How a Fractured Election Outcome in Germany Will Impact the EU

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:03:10 +0000

Angela Merkel may have won a fourth term as chancellor of Germany, but she faces a tough road ahead due to gains by the far right and the tricky three-way coalition she must manage to form a government.

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Providing Affordable Workspaces for Artists

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:29:14 +0000

Two innovators are offering free or subsidized workspaces to artists in high-rent cities by repurposing commercial real estate.

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Can Toys ‘R’ Us Recapture Its Glory Days?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:17:25 +0000

Bankruptcy protection could give Toys “R” Us breathing space to reduce its financial stress and rethink its marketing strategies.

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Shedding Light on Kerosene Use in Developing Nations

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:30:13 +0000

New Wharton research looks at why kerosene is used widely in countries with undeveloped electricity grids – and why innovative alternatives aren’t gaining traction.

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Why Elon Musk Is Like Alfred Escher

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:09:20 +0000

Tesla is worth more than other major U.S. automakers despite having a fraction of their sales. A Silicon Valley venture capitalist explains why he believes Tesla is still undervalued.

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How Big Data and Analytics Can Transform Manufacturing

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:48:09 +0000

Big data and analytics will entirely transform the manufacturing industry, says Jon Sobel, co-founder and CEO of Sight Machine.

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Why the Fintech Game Has Just Begun

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:47:47 +0000

Steve McLaughlin, CEO of fintech investment bank FT Partners, talks about the opportunities he sees in the sector.

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‘Woo, Wow, and Win’: Designing a Captivating Customer Experience

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:02:41 +0000

Companies carefully design their products, but they also need to design the customer experience, according to the book, “Woo, Wow, and Win.”

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Is It Time for U.S. Citizens to Learn More About the World?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:46:51 +0000

The world has long come to America. Now it is time for America to go to the world, writes Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett in this opinion piece.

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Why Sports Stadiums Have Morphed into Entertainment Centers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:48:25 +0000

From kid zones to luxury suites, stadiums have adopted new marketing ploys but remain dear to fans' hearts, says author Rafi Kohan.

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After Equifax, Can Our Data Ever Be Safe?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:22:45 +0000

The Equifax hacking has highlighted the risks consumers face when using their Social Security numbers for verification. Is there a better alternative?

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How to Avoid the Perils of Political Forecasting

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:38:58 +0000

Wharton’s Philip Tetlock discusses the widening chasm between science-based political forecasting and the sound bites from pundits that often miss the mark.

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How Can Apple Remain on Top?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:08:23 +0000

Is Apple’s latest batch of new products enough to keep the company moving forward, or is it finally losing momentum after years of ruling the gadget world?

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Will Crowdfunding Become a Big Deal in India?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:14:24 +0000

Crowdfunding is gradually gaining traction in India. But will it deliver like it has in other markets?

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Why Amazon’s ‘1-Click’ Ordering Was a Game Changer

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 20:27:41 +0000

Amazon’s patent on “1-Click” ordering, which recently expired, helped jump-start the e-commerce giant’s growth from a virtual bookstore to a massive online marketplace.

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Why Hurricane Harvey Was a Predictable Disaster

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:45:01 +0000

Hurricane Harvey was a predictable disaster, says PennDesign's Billy Fleming. He explains what cities could do to prepare.

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Smart Art: Why More Artists Need to Study Business

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:58:43 +0000

Many artists are not wired for business. With economics driving most from the field in the long run, can business training help?

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