Social Sciences

Private equity firms show resilience in a downturn

Stanford scholar Shai Bernstein explored the impact of private equity firms during the financial crisis of 2008 and found that they appeared to be helpful rather than harmful amid the economic turmoil.

Digital companies and workers’ rights in an online world

Stanford scholars are addressing the future of how we work, with technology platforms and policies to protect workers’ rights and help employers properly assess employee qualifications as part of Stanford’s Cyber Initiative.

Returning home during Age of Mass Migration

New research by Stanford economist Ran Abramitzky studies Norwegian immigrants to the U.S. during the late 19th and early 20th centuries who chose to return to Europe.

Why online consumers choose inferior products

A Stanford study found that when choosing between two products online, people tend to favor products with more reviews despite the fact that the more-reviewed product is of lower quality.

Reputation can offset social bias

In a study involving nearly 9,000 Airbnb users, Stanford scholars propose that implementing features that emphasize a user’s reputation can offset harmful social bias.