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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 AI Could Be Entering a Golden Age

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:49:06 +0000

After years of dashed hopes, we could be on the brink of large breakthroughs in artificial intelligence for businesses thanks to deep learning, says Frank Chen of Andreessen Horowitz.


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Why Tom Cruise Is Still Bankable: Debunking the Long Tail

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:39:55 +0000

New Wharton research finds that as consumers are increasingly deluged with a dazzling array of choices, they tend to stick to brands they know.


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How to Build a Better Antitrust Policy

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:12:41 +0000

Recent Wharton research offers a compelling defense for antitrust policies that advocate protecting consumers over businesses.


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The Jerusalem Controversy: What It Means for the Region’s Economies

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:07:24 +0000

The Arab economies are overly reliant on oil and need to diversify, while Trump’s Jerusalem move is a needless irritant, say experts from Wharton and Johns Hopkins.


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Dinner on Aisle Six: Why Supermarkets Are Opening Restaurants

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:54:35 +0000

Consumers' growing appreciation for eating out is bad news for grocery stores, which have long struggled with razor-thin profit margins. Their solution? Getting into the restaurant business.


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Tapping AI: The Future of Customer Experience at Verizon Fios

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:29:30 +0000

In a world of vast automation via AI, companies that learn how to preserve a human touch should have a competitive advantage, says Verizon Fios's Justin Reilly.


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From the Macro to the Personal: Lessons from Five Top Leaders

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:52:27 +0000

In this opinion piece, Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett writes about critical advice he has received from other leaders – lessons that “have had a massive impact on how I try to lead every day.”


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Does Trickle-down Economics Add Up – or Is It a Drop in the Bucket?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:51:04 +0000

The truth about trickle-down economics is that it’s a shallow way of trying to get at a very complicated question: How do tax cuts really play out in the economy?


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Building for the Long Term: Lessons from Leonardo da Vinci

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:14:18 +0000

Walter Isaacson, who's written a slew of well-received books on famous figures such as Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, discusses his latest on Leonardo da Vinci.


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Mapping India’s Economic Future: Jobs, Growth and Banking Reform

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:56:58 +0000

Manish Sabharwal, co-founder and executive chairman of TeamLease Services, one of India's leading human resource service companies, outlines a path for greater productivity and growth.


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Is the CVS-Aetna Merger a Game Changer for Health Care?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:48:38 +0000

A merger between CVS and Aetna would create a one-stop model for coordinated care – but would consumers really benefit?


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Tax Bill Reconciliation: What Are the Likely Outcomes?

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:25:14 +0000

Experts weigh the implications of the upcoming tax bill reconciliation process for individuals and corporations, as well as the impact on the federal deficit beyond 2025.


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How Rising Deficits, Huge Loopholes and Small Family Gains Plague Tax Reform

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:18:36 +0000

Proposed tax legislation speeding through Congress will enlarge the deficit and offer meager gains to low- and middle-income groups. It may also open up huge business tax loopholes, says Wharton's Kent Smetters,


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How Tax Reform Could Impact Senior Citizens

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:30:45 +0000

A deduction for high medical expenses that is largely used by senior citizens hangs in the balance as Congress tries to craft a final version of its tax reform bill.


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As Smartphone Use Soars in Latin America, Partnerships Drive YellowPepper’s Growth

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:51:27 +0000

YellowPepper, a Miami-based mobile banking, payments and commerce startup focused on Latin America, believes that technology and partnerships have positioned the company well for the future.


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Why It Is Not Enough to Merely Vote for Social Change

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:25:59 +0000

Wharton’s Brian Berkey says it’s not enough to merely agitate for social change -- it’s a moral imperative to give generously to the less advantaged.


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Will Losing the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Kill Plug-in Cars?

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:50:24 +0000

As the reconciliation between the House and Senate tax plans approaches, the plug-in electric vehicle (EV) credit is on the line.


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How Ending Tax-free Tuition Waivers Could Impact U.S. Higher Ed

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:42:21 +0000

As Congress works on its final tax overhaul bill, tax breaks on tuition waivers for graduate students are one of many provisions that hang in the balance.


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What Will Happen if the FCC Abandons Net Neutrality?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:58:34 +0000

The Federal Communications Commission will vote in the coming weeks on a proposal to repeal net neutrality rules. Wharton experts explain what's at stake.


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Why Corporate Participation Is Critical for Disaster Relief

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:20:57 +0000

Natural disaster costs are mushrooming while government coffers shrink. The challenge: Can corporations and public agencies better coordinate rescue and recovery efforts to improve outcomes?


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Does Your Product Boycott Really Matter?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:45:09 +0000

The Paradise Papers shed harsh light on the opaque practices of many businesses, revealing how hard it is for consumers to truly "vote" with their dollars.


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Uber’s Data Breach: Can the Company Course-correct?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:33:06 +0000

Investors and customers once tolerated Uber’s skirmishes with regulators as the price one pays for innovation. But that may no longer be so.


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How Can We Curb Fake News?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:49:25 +0000

Bruce Bartlett, former advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, discusses his new book about the challenge of fake news, and offers some strategies for weeding it out.


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The Truth About Being a Workaholic: Why It Isn’t Always Bad for You

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:20:43 +0000

Workaholics are often seen as individuals who are "working themselves to death," with an increased risk of health issues like heart attack and stroke. But is this true?


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Can a Novel U.N. Plan End Poverty and Protect the Planet?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:45:24 +0000

The U.N.'s 2030 sustainable development program aims to engage local stakeholders in development as it seeks to end poverty while protecting the planet.


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How a Brazilian Media Company Managed Its Digital Transformation

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:36:07 +0000

Brazilian media giant Grupo RBS embraced the digital age and looked for opportunities to thrive, according to this op-ed.


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What Can Firms Do to Prevent Sexual Harassment?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:15:58 +0000

Revelations about inappropriate behavior from Hollywood to Capitol Hill have given the issue of sexual harassment far more prominence. What steps should companies take to protect employees?


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How Artificial Intelligence Is Powering Everyday Tasks

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 21:00:39 +0000

AI has become deeply ingrained in our everyday lives – and that will only intensify in the coming decades, as more and more companies develop new use cases.


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Will Traditional Retailers Get a Frosty Reception This Holiday Season?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:00:21 +0000

Is rushing to stores for price-slashed holiday gifts still a thing, now that customers can order anything they want online and even get discounts? Here’s what Wharton marketing experts have to say.


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The Fed’s James Bullard: The State of the U.S. Economy and What Lies Ahead

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:19:50 +0000

Wharton's Jeremy Siegel interviews St. Louis Fed president James Bullard about the future of interest rates, inflation, the economy, monetary policy, and the possible over-valuation of stock prices.


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Can Firms Help Employees Make Better Retirement Choices?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 17:19:14 +0000

Many employers purposely set low default rates for employee retirement savings -- but their worries about increasing them are largely unfounded, Wharton research shows.


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How Identity Informs Workplace Relationships

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:07:38 +0000

It’s important to evaluate whether a potential workplace really wants you to be your complete, authentic self, says Wharton’s Stephanie Creary.


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Has the ACA Resulted in Better Health Care Outcomes?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:54:17 +0000

Wharton research looks at whether expanded access to medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act has led to improved health outcomes for patients.


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Will Coca-Cola’s New India Strategy Have Fizz or Go Flat?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:38:04 +0000

After a period of declining volumes, Coca-Cola is seeing a revival in India. But can the company achieve its target of making India its third-biggest market globally?


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How Blockchain Technology Can Serve the Have-nots

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:24:42 +0000

Blockchain technology, which underpins cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, can help the poor access financial services, writes social venture capitalist Mir Haque in this opinion piece.


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Bracing for Brexit: ‘Virtually All the Work Is Still Ahead’

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:55:54 +0000

As the U.K. prepares to negotiate terms for leaving the E.U., it is facing a shaky political base, a weakening economy and a lack of bargaining power.


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Why AI Is Tipping the Scales in the Development of Self-driving Cars

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:34:52 +0000

Globally, the U.S. and China are ahead in the race to develop driverless cars. One key reason: advancements in both countries in artificial intelligence.


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How to Reform College Sports to Prioritize Learning

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:55:04 +0000

Wharton’s Ken Shropshire and Collin D. Williams Jr. discuss ways to fix a prevailing problem in college sports -- the amount of time it eats away from academics.


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Wealth Management: Why You Should Be Your Own CEO

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:52:25 +0000

Robo-advisors, new ways of thinking among millennials and women's shifting needs are new trends reshaping wealth management. The author of 'Wealth Management Unwrapped' offers insights.


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How a Student Competition Led to a New Cyber Security Approach

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:53:18 +0000

Nataliya Mykhaylova, winner of a student competition to find new ways to thwart cyber criminals, has devised a novel method for detecting attacks that already has the interest of banks.


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Why a Nobel Laureate Believes Social Businesses Can Cure Poverty

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:26:18 +0000

Microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus explains how making everyone an entrepreneur could eliminate poverty, unemployment and environmental devastation.


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Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy: What’s the Real Impact?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:46:18 +0000

The latest restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba have created new anxieties for individuals and businesses – but they also provide some clear boundaries that can now be navigated, experts say.


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Why Has the AT&T-Time Warner Merger Gotten Tangled?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:19:50 +0000

Until very recently, it seemed that telecommunications giant AT&T's $85 billion deal to purchase Time Warner would be completed by the end of December.


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Will Proposed U.S. Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:36:41 +0000

Both the House version of tax reform and the partially fleshed-out Senate plan add to the federal deficit but do not shift the tax bill lower down the income scale, according to the Penn Wharton Budget Model.


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Could the Paradise Papers Lead to Tax Reforms?

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 17:24:10 +0000

With the insights the Paradise Papers provide on how governments, businesses and wealthy individuals use tax havens, some significant changes to tax laws are in order, say experts.


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Can Thailand Escape the Middle-income Trap?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:09:41 +0000

Thailand is getting squeezed by the 'middle-income trap.' Now the government is rolling out big incentives to lure new foreign investment. Will it work?


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Will the Federal Climate Change Report Alter the Debate?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 18:35:49 +0000

A new federal climate change report was released last week stating that not only is the threat of global warming real and dangerous, but it's also man-made. How will it impact the climate change debate?


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Too Much Togetherness? The Downside of Workplace Collaboration

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:13:17 +0000

Does cross-functional collaboration really fuel innovation and creativity, or is it a black hole of unnecessary emails and meetings? Experts discuss how it can be done more effectively.


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How the Republican Tax Plan Would Impact Real Estate

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:08:45 +0000

Two Penn experts discuss what the Republican tax plan would would mean for individual homeowners and for the housing market.


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Art of the Matter: A Conversation with Jeffrey Deitch

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 20:16:37 +0000

An interview about the art market with dealer Jeffrey Deitch -- former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles -- looks the serendipitous and thorny aspects of this unique world.


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