Economics

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.

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.

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.

Long-simmering factors derailed economic recovery

Stanford economist Robert Hall explored why the U.S. economy – since 2009 – has not experienced impressive growth, an effect that usually follows recessions. He finds the roots of the economy’s slow growth existed well before the financial crisis.

ACA not hindering U.S. labor market

A team of Stanford economists finds that the Affordable Care Act has not had the negative effect on jobs the law’s critics claimed it would.

Violent crime increases in right-to-carry states

Stanford Law School Professor John Donohue found that states that adopted right-to-carry concealed handgun laws have experienced a 13 to 15 percent increase in violent crime in the 10 years after enacting those laws.

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Big ideas are getting harder to find

Modern-day inventors — even those in the league of Steve Jobs — will have a tough time measuring up to the productivity of the Thomas Edisons of the past.

Software creates on-demand ‘flash organizations’

Flash organizations are a new crowdsourcing technique that enables anyone to assemble an entire organization from a paid crowdsourcing marketplace and lead that organization in pursuit of complex, open-ended goals.