Ideas at Work: Feature

Lower Competitiveness Costs Women at Work

Feature | June 24, 2016

Highly trained women in the US workforce earn a fraction of what their male peers do. Part of the discrepancy may come down to differences in men’s and women’s tastes for competition.

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Money for Nothing: A Bold Plan for the Future of Work

Feature | June 23, 2016

An unlikely alliance is growing between the right and the left, Silicon Valley and the Rust Belt, in support of an unusual policy — universal basic income, a free check for every American man, woman, and child.

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With Markets on Edge, Traders Seek Independent Returns

Feature | June 22, 2016

Investment strategies hinging on the idiosyncrasies of smaller markets have the potential to offer investors an upside, even in the face of mounting anxiety over a global slowdown.

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Regardless of Outcome, Brexit Vote Highlights Global Anxiety over Free Trade and Economic Integration

Feature | June 21, 2016

The economic case against a British exit from the European Union is clear, according to Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard, but with politics and identity thrown in the mix, the outcome to Thursday’s nail-biter vote is harder to predict.

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Banks Offer a Window on the Future of Local Economies

Feature | June 01, 2016

We tend to view booms and busts and national phenomena, but economic conditions can vary wildly from state to state, with implications for business, regulators and individuals. New research suggests publicly available bank date could help to get a better grasp on where local economies are headed.

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In Urban Markets, Real Estate Opportunities Are Unprecedented

Feature | May 09, 2016

Lynne Sagalyn, Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate, discusses the ever-changing nature of the real estate business, and New York’s prominence on the global stage.

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Even at Current Prices, Drug Innovation Is a Cost-Effective Means to Curb Cancer

Feature | April 28, 2016

The pharmaceuticals industry has attracted heightened scrutiny from the media and politicians in the aftermath of a well-publicized scandal. But new evidence suggests that, for now at least, the cost of pharmaceutical innovation is well worth it.

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As Highways Crumble, the Private Sector Steps Up — for a Price

Feature | April 25, 2016

With governments deadlocked over spending, the private sector may be the best hope for easing congestion and making critical repairs to America’s outdated roadways. But to reap the rewards, drivers will have to pay up.

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Creativity is in the Eye of the Beholder

Feature | March 23, 2016

While many of us believe that creativity is an innate trait, research is beginning to demonstrate that it’s a skill that can be developed, much like any other.

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On Payday, Consumers Feel a License to Spend

Feature | March 04, 2016

Once their paychecks clear, consumers are more likely to hit the stores, and when they do, to splurge on pricier items — a wrinkle in standard economic theory, but a potential boon for regulators in zero-interest-rate environments.

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