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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How Lego Can Rebuild Its Business

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:13:48 +0000

Lego surprised Wall Street with its first drop in revenue in 13 years. Wharton's David Robertson looks at possible causes and suggests remedies for its business.


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How Equifax Botched Its Data Breach Response

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:01:39 +0000

Three experts discuss the Equifax breach, the mistakes that were made in the credit giant's response and what consumers can do to protect their credit going forward.


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Digital Growing Pains: Why Businesses Must Accelerate Change

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:00:46 +0000

Most companies know that shifting to digital is key to their future. But many struggle with the process. A new book offers some advice.


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Beyond Netflix: How Binging Impacts Online Learning

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:27:33 +0000

New Wharton research examines binge consumption in the online education sector and finds that those who binge tend to perform better and are more likely to complete an online course.


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How Will Trump Reshape the Federal Reserve?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:39:34 +0000

The imminent departure of Fed vice chair Stanley Fischer creates a power vacuum and an unprecedented opportunity for President Trump to reshape America’s central bank.


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Time for a Tax Overhaul: What the U.S. Can Learn from Other Countries

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:14:52 +0000

History suggests a U.S. tax overhaul is coming soon. The author of a new book has traveled the world see what has worked best elsewhere.


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What Does the End of DACA Mean for Immigration Reform?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:30:46 +0000

The move to end the DACA program has beneficiaries worried – and it casts a shadow over future immigration reform, experts say.


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Lessons We Learn from Hurricane Harvey

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 19:32:07 +0000

Wharton faculty discuss the fallout from Hurricane Harvey and what role the private and public sectors should play when it comes to managing the risks from floods.


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Why Dodd-Frank Increased Banking Industry Consolidation

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:28:41 +0000

Wharton research looks at how new regulatory asset thresholds introduced with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 led to an increase in acquisitions by large banks.


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Will Walmart’s Partnership with Google Give It an Online Boost?

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:02:03 +0000

Despite the retail giant’s latest move to partner with Google, its e-commerce strategies need more coherence to gain traction, say experts.


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How the Father of Arbitrage Pricing Theory Influenced Wall Street

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:20:47 +0000

This year's Wharton-Jacobs Levy Prize winner, Stephen A. Ross, is remembered for his ground-breaking arbitrage pricing theory.


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How AI Makes Brand Personalities Come to Life

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 14:16:50 +0000

Artificial intelligence is reinventing the creative landscape for marketers, according to Winston Binch, chief digital officer for Deutsch North America.


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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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