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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Catalonia-Spain Impasse: Why Elections May Not Be Enough

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:50:23 +0000

Fresh elections could pave the way to peaceful co-existence for Spain and Catalonia -- although the social and economic impact of the standoff will likely continue well into the future.


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Why Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:00:26 +0000

A new book examines figures from the past who overcame adversity to leave a lasting mark on civilization.


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How New Fed Chair Jerome Powell Will Shape U.S. Monetary Policy

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:12:18 +0000

The appointment of Jerome H. Powell as chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve may lead to lighter regulation of banks, but on other issues he will likely follow the path set by predecessor Janet Yellen.


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The Smartphone as Security Blanket: What It Means for Marketers

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:13:43 +0000

New Wharton research finds that smartphone use actually provides some emotional benefits for stressed-out adults, and that in turn has implications for marketers trying to reach an on-the-go audience.


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Is There a Tax Cut in Your Future?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:37:51 +0000

Details on the big tax reform proposal remain sketchy. What seems clear: As proposed, the tax cuts do not pay for themselves and will spike up the deficit.


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How a Water Filtration Startup Aims to Challenge Brita

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 14:29:57 +0000

Hydros cofounder and CEO Winston Ibrahim has a plan to gain market share in the water filtration business dominated by Brita.


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What Are the Ties between Oligarchs, Moscow and Washington, D.C.?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:37:03 +0000

Wharton's Philip Nichols and Penn's Mitchell Orenstein discuss the connections between Russian oligarchs, the Kremlin and the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


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Designing a HQ: What Matters to Firms Today

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:16:35 +0000

Google's redevelopment plans in Toronto could lend some insight into what other companies -- including Amazon -- are looking for in headquarters locations.


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How a Lower 401(k) Cap Could Cause More Harm Than Good

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 16:09:17 +0000

As Republicans scramble to find revenue sources to fund tax cuts, Wharton experts warn against attempts to increase taxes on retirement savings.


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Does Investing in Cutting-edge Tech Attract Better Workers?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:32:56 +0000

Recent Wharton research examines the shifting priorities of the tech labor market and its implications for workers – and for other industries.


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What the Future Holds for NAFTA

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:03:28 +0000

Talks about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement have reached an impasse, and it may be difficult for the three nations at the bargaining table to find a way forward.


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Does Traditionalism Help or Hurt Innovation?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:33:02 +0000

Innovation and the “old way of doing things” would seem to be strange bedfellows. But new research from Wharton’s Laura Huang finds that there are situations where traditionalism can be a help, not a hindrance.


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Why Competition Would Not Lead to Better Outcomes for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:29:07 +0000

Competition might not lead to better outcomes for government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A better model could be to make them more like regulated utilities.


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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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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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