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Economists at machine shop

Learning the tricks of the trade

Three economists – representing Stanford, Northwestern and the University of Utah – hit the road on a quest to learn what enables small businesses to flourish in the 21st century.  Video

Kindergarten classroom

Stanford researchers urge early help for kindergarten students with low self-regulation

Academic success for a first-grader depends in part on both high self-regulation in kindergarten and a low-conflict relationship between student and teacher. Parents and teachers should step in as needed.  

closeup of hands casting a ballot / AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Democracy is often misunderstood, with tragic results, says Stanford classicist

Drawing from ancient democracy and modern game theory, Josiah Ober warns that contemporary assumptions about democracy can lead to unrealistic expectations of what democracy can deliver.  Video

Man facing choices

Stanford psychologist explores how meaningfulness cultivates well-being

Professor Jennifer Aaker says that while meaningful choices are often not pleasurable to make, they are commonly associated with a greater sense of well-being in the long run.