Economics

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Inflation has spiked. Is it time to worry?

In a Q&A, macroeconomist Monika Piazzesi, senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, discusses inflation and potential warning signs.

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America’s medical debt is much worse than we think

Groundbreaking research from Stanford economist Neale Mahoney indicates an even grimmer situation: Americans are actually saddled with at least $140 billion in outstanding medical debt.

Economic impacts of combating sea-level rise

By 2100, sea levels are expected to rise by almost seven feet in the Bay Area. New research shows how traditional approaches to combating sea-level rise can create a domino effect of environmental and economic impacts for nearby communities.

Flood risk’s impact on home values

Analysis of sales data and flood risk data over two decades indicates that housing markets fail to fully account for information about flood risk. The findings suggest that policies to improve risk communication could influence market outcomes.

Jordan’s worsening water crisis a warning for the world

Prolonged and potentially destabilizing water shortages will become commonplace in Jordan by 2100, new research finds, unless the nation implements comprehensive reform, from fixing leaky pipes to desalinating seawater. Jordan’s water crisis is emblematic of challenges looming around the world as a result of climate change and rapid population growth.

Research and policy in a changing Arctic

Stanford University scholars discuss the Biden administration’s early actions on environmental issues in the Arctic and how the U.S. government can address threats to ecosystems, people and infrastructure in the fastest-warming place on Earth.

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John “Jack” Gurley, professor emeritus of economics, has died

A legendary teacher whose Econ 1 course attracted what was then a record enrollment for a class at Stanford, Gurley was the first recipient of the university’s Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching.