Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research —

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.

Belize’s economy gets a boost from nature

Drawing on research by Stanford scientists, countries like Belize are finding new ways to supplement their devastated ecotourism-driven economies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Evolutionary theory of economic decisions

When survival over generations is the end game, researchers say it makes sense to undervalue long shots that could be profitable and overestimate the likelihood of rare bad outcomes.

A snapshot of a new working-from-home economy

Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom discusses the societal impacts of a new “working-from-home economy” and the challenges posed by the massive transition to widespread remote work.