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The ‘Why’ Behind Asking Why: The Science of Curiosity

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:00:13 +0000

A new book examines the different drivers of curiosity, and how this fundamental human trait has been impacted by the digital age.


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Why Automation Is Killing the Property Appraisal Business

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:43:16 +0000

The number of appraisers is shrinking as software gets more accurate at valuing property and is increasingly integrated into the sale process.


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The North Korean Crisis: Beyond ‘Belligerent Rhetoric’

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:42:19 +0000

Penn’s Jacques deLisle and Stanford’s Richard Dasher discuss the Korean nuclear threat and the implications for the players in this “complicated, tough, high-stakes diplomacy.”


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What Google’s Memo Controversy Means for Gender Diversity

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:12:15 +0000

The recent memo controversy at Google may not result in immediate gains for working women, but it casts a harsh light on underlying assumptions, say Wharton experts.


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The Business Fallout from Charlottesville

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:57:56 +0000

A public rift has opened between Donald Trump and CEOs upset by his comments following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesvile. What are the lessons in branding and leadership?


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U.S. Tax Reform: Will the Math Work?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:34:38 +0000

Finding ways to raise revenue and avoiding excessive government debt are the top hurdles, say experts.


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American Science and the Solar Eclipse of 1878

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:56:45 +0000

As the U.S. preps for a rare total solar eclipse on August 21, a journalist looks back on the furor surrounding that same event when it happened back in 1878.


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The Real Costs of the RAISE Act

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:58:23 +0000

Recently proposed immigration reforms in the U.S. would shave 2% off GDP growth and result in more than four million jobs lost by 2040, according to the Penn Wharton Budget Model.


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Hacking in Hollywood: Why the Industry Needs to Shore Up Security

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:42:05 +0000

Experts say the increasing threat of sophisticated cyber crimes should force entertainment firms to take serious stock of their internal security measures.


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The Next Wave: Using AI to Build Better Marketing Campaigns

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:01:02 +0000

As the digital revolution keeps on turning, brands are looking to artificial intelligence to bolster their marketing efforts.


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Gender Lens Investing: Why the Opportunities Are Growing

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:59:33 +0000

The field of gender-lens investing is growing fast, with more than 100 private and public funds now available to impact investors.


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How Improv Methods from Comedy Can Lift Business Performance

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:00:41 +0000

Improvisation, or the art form called improv, may call to mind comedy shows but it is now also a serious business tool.


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‘Every Business Is a Digital Business’

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:51:38 +0000

But some just don’t know it yet, says Nitin Rakesh, CEO of Bangalore, India-based IT firm Mphasis.


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Why Economists Must Go Beyond the Numbers

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:20:47 +0000

Economists affect public policy. But strict focus on numbers means they miss key insights, say the authors of a new book.


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The Federal Budget Showdown: Will Congress Raise the Debt Ceiling?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:18:10 +0000

Congress is facing a looming deadline to hammer out federal spending for fiscal 2018. But the negotiations face a major sticking point – whether to raise the debt ceiling.


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How Venezuela Could Find a Way Out of Chaos

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 17:10:34 +0000

As the Venezuelan political and economic crisis deepens following suspect elections, a group of experts discuss potential ways out of the morass.


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How One Foundation Is Flipping the Paradigm on Social Change

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:43:58 +0000

Ruth Shaber, founder of Tara Health Foundation, discusses how her organization aims to improve the health and well-being of women and girls through the creative use of philanthropic capital.


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Why ‘Quiet’ Leadership Matters in Sports — and Life

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:23:29 +0000

Many of the greatest sports teams of all time have been quietly led by humble captains who bring a special element to the team's dynamics, according to author Sam Walker.


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You Are What You Tweet: Using Social Media to Assess Well-being

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:55:01 +0000

What you – and your neighbors – tweet can tell researchers a lot about the well-being of your community – and that in turn can help shape decisions made by businesses and policymakers.


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Why Corrupt Executives Are Rarely Prosecuted

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:40:16 +0000

Top corporate executives who commit crimes are often not prosecuted. Journalist Jesse Eisinger explains why in his new book.


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Is FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Driving Up Consumer Debt?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:12:53 +0000

Consumer debt is increasing, surpassing the levels it reached at the height of the credit bubble. But what consumers are spending money on is very different, a new study shows.


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How Honest Apologies Can Help Leaders Bounce Back

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:10:40 +0000

When in a mess, apologize from your heart -- and quickly -- or else risk losing your reputation, warns former Medtronic CEO Arthur D. Collins, Jr.


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Unearthing the Wisdom in Finance

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:36:05 +0000

Despite a tarnished reputation, finance has positive life lessons to offer, says a Harvard professor of business and law in a new book.


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What’s Missing in the U.S. Health Care Policy Debate

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:16:56 +0000

Two experts find an informed debate sorely lacking in the Republican health care policy overhaul. What can help to move things ahead?


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Why Impact Investing Needs to Go Mainstream

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:32:00 +0000

Durreen Shahnaz, founder of Impact Investment Exchange, discusses impact investing and the recent $8 million Women’s Livelihood Bond that is meant to help more than 385,000 women in Southeast Asia.


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America the Divided: Why the Great Melting Pot Is Having a Meltdown

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:58:45 +0000

A deep distrust of government and media among some groups has created a chasm in American society. A new book explains why the gap is so wide.


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Why Some Insurance Plans Limit Specialized Treatments

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:02:22 +0000

Many health insurance plans deny life-saving treatments -- such as those from National Cancer Institute-designated sites. But most consumers don't realize it.


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What Could Trigger a Stock Market Correction?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:18:11 +0000

Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics considers whether the U.S. stock markets are topping out and why a correction is likely before long.


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Is the U.S. in Danger of Losing Immigrant Entrepreneurs?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:41:56 +0000

The freeze and likely elimination of the International Entrepreneur Rule could bring more harm than good in investments and jobs, say experts.


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Sports and Statistics: Correlating Football to Brain Injury

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:35:03 +0000

New Wharton research examines the long-term impact of playing high school or college football.


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Can the U.S. Economy Recapture Its Past Growth?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:28:16 +0000

Are the best days for U.S. economic growth long gone? Or do they still lie ahead?


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What a Rogue Trader Learned From the Financial Crisis

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:21:39 +0000

In his new book, former rogue trader Alexis Stenfors talks about the high stakes of currency trading and what it’s like to hide a $100 million loss.


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How Brands Can Engineer Social Media Content

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:50:16 +0000

New Wharton research takes a closer look at brand posts on Facebook to determine the type and mix of content advertisers should aim for to get results.


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Did Trump and Macron Find Common Ground in Paris?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:09:42 +0000

Two Wharton experts take a closer look at President Trump's recent visit to France.


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How You Can Become a Better Negotiator

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:40:25 +0000

The three keys to becoming a good negotiator are clarity, detachment and equilibrium, says attorney and negotiating strategist Corey Kupfer in his new book.


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Will Ireland Pay a Heavy Price for Brexit?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:16:35 +0000

The U.K.’s exit from the EU will bring to the surface memories of a violent past and conflicting modern political realities for Ireland.


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Technology and the Decline of Morality

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:17:16 +0000

Former Hearst executive Eden Collinsworth explores the fluid lines of morality today in her new book.


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The Clock Is Ticking for a Health Care Vote

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:34:12 +0000

There is little agreement about what needs to be done to fix America's health care system -- and experts agree that a quick resolution seems like a remote possibility.


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Is Desktop Dining Hurting the Restaurant Industry?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:01:21 +0000

Americans are eating out for lunch less than at any time in the last 40 years. Is that why restaurants are in a slump?


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How a Literature Major Became Chanel’s First Global CEO

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:46:07 +0000

Former Chanel CEO Maureen Chiquet discusses her new book about her career and what's ahead for retail in the digital age.


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What Money Managers Miss in Currency Carry Trades

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:10:24 +0000

Money managers who do both currency and commodities trades could be overloading on risk, Wharton research finds.


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The Biggest Mistakes Job Seekers Make Today

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:37:52 +0000

The best path to a new gig isn’t what it used to be, nor what you might think it is -- if you want to land the right position without wasting effort.


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Why Old-fashioned Board Games Thrive in the Internet Age

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:27:22 +0000

Even in the era of amazingly rendered video games, the old board games never seem to go out of style.


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Mapping Critical Knowledge for Digital Transformation

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:13:07 +0000

When companies digitalize in the context of their strategic knowledge, it can uncover powerful growth opportunities.


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Why the Internet Knows Us Better Than We Know Ourselves

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:32:24 +0000

When the vast amount of information the internet holds is viewed through the right lens, what it can reveal about us is remarkable, says the author of a new book.


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How Trash-talking Affects Performance

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:10:09 +0000

Trash-talking is fairly commonplace, whether in sports, business or elsewhere. But how does it affect the targets of these insults? Wharton research has some surprising findings.


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Why We Need to Kick Incivility Out of the Office

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:34:49 +0000

Disrespect and nastiness are worse problems at work than they used to be, and they’re making our days harder. Author Christine Porath has been looking for solutions.


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Why Leaders Must Balance Ego with Humility

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:24:29 +0000

Raj Gupta, former CEO of specialty chemicals firm Rohm and Haas, shares insights from his professional and personal journey.


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Making Statistics Work in the Real World

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:54:29 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines the interplay between the computational complexity of statistical methods and their performance.


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What Leaders Gain by Listening Closely to Employees

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:30:34 +0000

Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete, explains what he has learned about leadership throughout his career.


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Fixing the Fed: How to Reform America’s Central Bank

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:02:50 +0000

For many Americans, how the Federal Reserve operates is a mystery. A new book by former Fed analyst Danielle DiMartino Booth offers an insider's view.


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How Investor Learning Affects Firm Behavior

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:25:54 +0000

Recent Wharton research illustrates the need for managers to understand where investor beliefs are when disclosing information.


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The Huge Hole in the Standard Economic Model

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:37:19 +0000

Standard economic models ignore important things like health and well-being. A better model would take the shape of a doughnut, says author Kate Raworth.


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What Insights Lie at the Intersection of Neuroscience and Marketing?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:19:21 +0000

Businesses could better deconstruct how people make decisions -- and potentially tweak the triggers, say experts at the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative.


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Influencing the Influencers: Using Social Media to Find Top Customers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:31:23 +0000

Recent Wharton research proposes an analytics model to help businesses identify their high-value customers.


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How Anticipating Future Variety Curbs Consumer Boredom

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:13:45 +0000

Wharton research shows that when consumers are offered more variety for future consumption, their perception of present satisfaction changes.


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How Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy Will Impact Businesses

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:49:04 +0000

U.S. businesses looking to invest in Cuba face an uncertain policy regime, and national security dangers also loom, say experts.


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Is IBM’s Rethinking of Its Remote Work Policy a Bellwether?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:09:33 +0000

IBM is calling thousands of its remote workers back to the office as a result of a switch in its business methodology. Will other firms follow suit?


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Twelve Innovative Ideas for Fixing American Health Care

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:23:41 +0000

In his new book, Obamacare advisor and Penn professor Ezekiel Emanuel looks at innovative solutions for the health care crisis.


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Will China Become a Leader in Clean Energy?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:18:11 +0000

China is the world’s biggest polluter, but it is investing aggressively in clean energy. What role will it play now that the U.S. has pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement?


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Amazon’s Big Buy: What Whole Foods Brings to the Table

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:36:38 +0000

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods expands its presence in the grocery space, but could also provide a boost to the company across multiple sectors.


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What Can China and the U.S. Learn from Each Other about Retail?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:09:50 +0000

China and the U.S. are learning from each other about the future direction of retail, a real exercise in globalization, says Hong Kong real estate executive George Hongchoy.


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Is There a Match for Tech Between China and Israel?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:49:12 +0000

Israel is famous for its tech prowess. China has deep pockets and is a tech innovator in areas like financial payments. Is there a match in the making?


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Can Corporations Be Held Morally Responsible?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:53:24 +0000

People are responsible for their individual actions. But what about the company as an entity?


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Disruptors Need to Continue Innovating – or Be Disrupted

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:09:14 +0000

In the digital era, companies that have distinguished themselves as disruptors cannot afford to rest on their laurels, according to a new paper from Wharton's Mack Institute.


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Why Blockchain Creates A New ‘Architecture of Trust’

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:59:05 +0000

Wharton professor Kevin Werbach explains why the blockchain is poised to upend the way many industries do business.


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How a Rollback of Dodd-Frank Would Impact Wall Street

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:48:47 +0000

Wharton experts discuss how a rollback of regulations on the financial sector would impact Wall Street and the U.S. economy.


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How Uber Can Reset Its Corporate Culture

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:47:29 +0000

In order to create a healthier corporate culture, Uber will need leaders who are committed to change.


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Are You a Self-aware Leader?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:23:23 +0000

Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich says becoming more self-aware can lead to greater success personally and professionally.


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‘The End of Loyalty’: Shock and Awe for Many American Workers

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:43:51 +0000

As the U.S. moved from a blue-collar society to a knowledge economy, certain things were lost, including two-way loyalty in the workplace.


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How Urban Planners Can Encourage ‘Vibrancy’ — and Create Safer Cities

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:26:47 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines how healthy energy in a particular neighborhood can help reduce crime.


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Does Democracy Encourage Criminal Politicians?

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:16:09 +0000

In India, the world’s largest democracy, 34% of parliamentary members are involved in criminal cases. Does democracy fuel crooked politicians?


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Is Testosterone to Blame for Bad Decisions?

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:53:39 +0000

Elevated testosterone may lead people to make worse decisions and not question their impulses, new Wharton research finds.


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Why Genetic Testing Is a ‘Perfect Storm’ for Insurers

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:47:05 +0000

Genetic testing tells people if they are predisposed to certain diseases – and it carries major implications for insurers.


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Billionaire Philanthropists Are Shaping a New Gilded Age

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:14:09 +0000

A growing number of philanthropists is quietly using charitable giving to influence issues they support, according to a new book.


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How to Turn Online Data into a Pricing Strategy That Works

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:33:05 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines how retailers can use online data to create more effective pricing policies.


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Has the U.S. Housing Market Recovered? It Depends on Where You Are…

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:15:11 +0000

Like so many other things in real estate, perspectives on whether the housing market has recovered following the Financial Crisis will depend on three things: location, location, location.


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What’s Behind Michel Temer’s Crisis in Brazil

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:29:37 +0000

Penn's William Burke-White and Columbia's Christopher Sabatini discuss the growing crisis facing Brazilian President Michel Temer.


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More Money, More Problems: How Profit Hijacked U.S. Health Care

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:04:55 +0000

The cost of health care in the United States is spiraling upward while politicians continue to bicker over how to fix a broken system.


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The State of U.S.-E.U. Relations: Where’s the Common Ground?

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 18:48:40 +0000

Wharton's Mauro Guillen and the Transatlantic Academy's Stephen Szabo discuss the state of U.S.-E.U. relations in light of recent comments by Donald Trump and Angela Merkel.


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How ‘Little Ideas’ Can Lead to Powerful Innovations

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:33:47 +0000

When people talk about innovation, industry disruptors like Uber come to mind. But that’s not the only way to innovate successfully.


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How One Startup Is Solving a Major HR Challenge

Wed, 31 May 2017 18:24:40 +0000

Twine, an HR analytics startup, won Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship's first Startup Challenge. Founders Joseph Quan and Nikhil Srivastava use algorithms to match internal candidates to open jobs at a company.


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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 high-performing CEOs, according to an extensive 10-year study called the CEO Genome Project.


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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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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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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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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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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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