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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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Obama’s Scorecard: Hits, Misses and His Ongoing Legacy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:44:07 +0000

Barack Obama led a committed and mostly scandal-free White House, but he could have forged consensus on key issues with more persuasive communication, say experts.


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Why Early-stage Investors Tend to Trust Their Gut

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:08 +0000

“Gut feel” plays a surprisingly important role in decision making by early-stage angel investors, according to new research by Wharton’s Laura Huang.


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Is Europe Headed for a Political and Financial Crisis in 2017?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:02:13 +0000

Political upheaval threatens a breakup of the EU and shaky Italian banks mean a major financial crisis cannot be ruled out in the New Year.


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Dressing-down: The Fashion Industry’s Reaction to the Trump Inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:39:24 +0000

The refusal of leading fashion designers to craft outfits for Melania and Ivanka Trump is about taking a stance and bowing to a public outcry, say experts.


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The Biggest Risks Facing the World in 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:03:37 +0000

As the World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland, a new report warns of the greatest challenges global leaders will face over the next decade.


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Building a Better Earned Income Tax Credit

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:15:02 +0000

Recent Wharton research suggests that redefining who is eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit in the U.S. may make it more effective.


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‘Speaking American’: Regions, Accents and the Subtleties of Language

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:41:57 +0000

The New York Times' Josh Katz discusses his compendium of colloquialisms and why people from various regions speak differently.


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ASEAN in 2017: Can the Region Sidestep Trump’s Trade Threats?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:28:10 +0000

The 10 ASEAN members are awaiting the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump with growing trepidation.


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Do Online Reviews Matter to Businesses?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:14:14 +0000

Customer reviews affect the business of online marketplaces in surprising ways, Wharton research finds.


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How Trump’s Trade Policies Could Disrupt Mexico’s Growing Auto Sector

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:43:22 +0000

Protectionist trade policies in the U.S. could impact the automotive sector on both sides of the border, with implications for companies and consumers, experts say.


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The Right Way to Do Mobile Marketing

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:20:16 +0000

Consumers spend 25% of their time on mobile devices, yet, advertisers spend just 12% of their dollars there. That's about to change.


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Why Innovation Is Key for India to Surge Ahead

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:51:38 +0000

Speakers at the recent Wharton India Economic Forum in Mumbai discussed how Indian firms can stay relevant in the face of global competition.


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Transportation and the Cost of Convenience

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:06:09 +0000

Our transportation system underlies all of modern life, from moving us to our jobs to bringing yesterday's Amazon order to our door. But there is a mounting cost to this convenience.


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The Science of Good Salesmanship

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:30:38 +0000

Author David Hoffeld says science can help sales people sell in the way their customers’ brains are wired.


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How the South Korean President’s Impeachment Trial Will Impact Businesses

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:17:18 +0000

Experts from Wharton and Stanford discuss the impact that the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye will have on businesses there.


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Can Government Be Run Like a Business?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:41 +0000

Can business executives -- such as those chosen for Trump's cabinet -- run government better, or are the differences too great?


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Is Blockchain the Next Great Hope — or Hype?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:33:40 +0000

Blockchain, the innovation behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, is garnering great interest in many industries. But is it too early to predict its potential?


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Can an Ethnic Beverage Brand Challenge Coca-Cola in India?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:42:57 +0000

The Indian beverages market is dominated by global giants like Cola-Cola. Can Paper Boat, a fledgling brand with traditional Indian recipes, hold its own?


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China in 2017: Why Stability – not Growth – Is the Goal

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:49:36 +0000

Political transitions on both sides of the Pacific will figure heavily in China's efforts to keep its economy on track.


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Privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: How It Can Be Done Effectively

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:22:50 +0000

Wharton’s Benjamin Keys and Columbia’s Christopher Mayer offer a roadmap for the privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


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The U.S. Economy in 2017: Why Uncertainty Is the ‘Biggest Risk’

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:43:49 +0000

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s Patrick Harker discuss what lies ahead as the Trump administration assumes office this month.


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When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:38:53 +0000

Subsidies and lower battery costs have not been enough to mainstream electric cars. Still, large gains have come amid worries about costs and driving range.


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The ‘Delicate Dance’ of Replacing Obamacare

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:47:30 +0000

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is at the top of the Republican agenda, but doing so will be a complicated process, experts say.


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We Don’t Need a Crisis to Act Unitedly Against Cyber Threats

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:47:35 +0000

Jay Clayton, Donald Trump's nominee to head the SEC, co-authored this 2015 opinion piece on why a collective response is needed to combat cyber threats.


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How Will Demonetization Affect Business in India in 2017?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:24:52 +0000

The fallout of a controversial monetary move could potentially derail a proposed goods and services tax, among other effects.


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What to Watch in Europe in 2017

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:06:12 +0000

Following the election of Donald Trump and Brexit, how will the EU fare after the three big elections in 2017 -- in The Netherlands, France and Germany?


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Cause and Effect: Do Prescription Drug Ads Really Work?

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:25:42 +0000

Drug ads increase the number of prescriptions for medications, Wharton research finds, but that doesn't necessarily translate into health benefits.


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What Will the Next Four Years Bring?

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:36:52 +0000

Wharton’s Geoffrey Garrett and two other Penn deans share their insights on how a Trump presidency will shape the country in the years ahead.


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Will Latin America Regain Prosperity in 2017?

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:33:37 +0000

Latin America’s major nations are hoping that this will be the year that they finally recover from the lingering impact of weak commodity prices.


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Why Combining For-profit and Philanthropic Investment Can Succeed

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:00:55 +0000

Companies that mix for-profit and philanthropic capital sources for positive social impact need leaders who can push in more than one direction, according to social entrepreneur Derek Handley.


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How Technology Shocked the Entertainment Industry

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:46:35 +0000

Companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple and others have made big Hollywood studios, TV networks and other traditional media outlets rethink how they approach the idea of success.


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Why Mental Bandwidth Could Explain the Psychology Behind Poverty

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:57:56 +0000

Recent Wharton research finds that poor people may lack the mental bandwidth necessary to make good choices.


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How Lego Is Building a Non-brick Empire

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:00:58 +0000

Toymaker Lego is expanding its business into online video gaming, in addition to its other non-brick diversifications.


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The Peril of Making Minimum Payments on Credit Card Debt

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:53:46 +0000

Wharton’s Benjamin Keys finds that the minimum payment on credit card statements is often an anchor that consumers use to decide how much to pay even if they could afford to pony up more.


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The Year of the Lie

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:30:52 +0000

2016 was a trying year for the truth. From fake news to false tweets, the increasingly fractured state of our shared reality may be threatening the orderly functioning of democracy itself.


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Inflation, Interest Rates and ‘the Politics of Rage’

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:27:03 +0000

Will President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed tax cuts and infrastructure spending spark economic growth, but also higher debt, inflation and interest rates?


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The Piracy Playlist: Can the Music Industry Fight Counterfeit CDs?

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:19:38 +0000

That CD you bought on Amazon may look and sound exactly like the real thing. But thanks to a growing number of counterfeiters, there’s a fair chance your disc could be a fake.


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Banking with a Public Benefit

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:12:54 +0000

Kat Taylor, co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, discusses how the triple bottom line company enhances economic sustainability in low-income communities


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The Emotional Intelligence Deficit — How It Stifles Careers

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:15:04 +0000

Many professionals plug away for years with only moderate career success. A lack of emotional intelligence may be stifling advancement.


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What Will Trump’s Cabinet Picks Mean for the Environment?

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:02:23 +0000

The private sector will likely need to fill any gaps in federal funding for research in areas such as climate change and earth science, experts say.


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Getting Out of Line: How to Shorten ER Wait Times

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:06:21 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines a new approach to assigning patients to doctors in the ER.


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Can Trump Sidestep His Conflicts of Interest?

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:29:44 +0000

Both domestically and internationally, Donald Trump’s looming interlocking business and presidential interests are more substantial than any other U.S. president in history.


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Middle East Youth Unemployment: Can Startups Help?

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:53:36 +0000

Young job seekers in the Middle East say they want to work at startups. But according to a new study, they prefer the security of working for government or a large firm.


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Insuring Against Disaster: How to Build Better Policies

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:32:13 +0000

A recent Wharton report examines what can be done to improve coverage and minimize risks.


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Will OPEC’s Cut in Oil Output Help U.S. Producers? Absolutely

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:32:31 +0000

OPEC'S production cuts may boost oil prices a bit more. But higher prices would quickly bring idle U.S. shale production back online, limiting future price gains.


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India’s Banking Mega-merger: Is Bigger Really Better?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:19:39 +0000

The merger of State Bank of India with its associates is raising a host of questions, including whether the combined entity will increase systemic risk in the banking sector.


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Omnichannel 2.0: Delivering a Tailored Experience to Customers

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:30:11 +0000

Data analytics enables enterprises to delight their customers by delivering customized and integrated omnichannel experiences.


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How Two Psychologists Re-invented How We View the Mind

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:09:09 +0000

In 'Moneyball' author Michael Lewis showed how data analytics up-ended professional baseball. His new book reveals where the concepts originated.


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Can a Chinese Brand Thrive in the High-end Headphone Market?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:00:55 +0000

Former Huawei executive Joe Peng is betting that FIIL, a homegrown Chinese headphone maker, can go head-to-head with foreign brands.


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