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Columbia Ideas at Work showcases recent business research with an online magazine, provides research briefs which highlight main findings of research papers, and has a searchable archive of faculty publications and viewpoints. Papers featuring social enterprise topics and faculty include:
Professor Emily Breza discusses how connectivity in local social networks improves cooperation.
Professor Geoffrey Heal argues global economic growth and sustainability can -- and should -- go hand in hand.
When it comes to social responsibility, writes Professor Stephen Meier, being too bad or too good can bring harmful headlines.
Professor Jonah Rockoff discusses how a good teacher's influence can affect student test scores and long-term success in life.
Corporate social responsibility, says Professor Ray Fisman, can help companies earn consumers' trust, and perhaps even higher profits.
Professor Stephen Meier investigates how a simple text message can prompt the poor to double their savings.
Professor Jonah Rockoff discusses how much teacher absences hurt student achievement.
Professor Ray Fisman discusses the influence educators can have on values, and the ethical responsibility that role confers — especially at business schools.
Professor Suresh Sundaresan explores how new financial tools and technologies are poised to change the way microfinance is practiced.
The nonprofit sector is always hit particularly hard during recessions. That, Ray Horton says, gives MBAs and today's nonprofits more to offer each other than ever.
Jonah Rockoff examines data from New York City's public schools to assess whether mentor programs — increasingly used in the private as well as the public sector — reduce employee turnover and improve productivity.
Professor Geoffrey Heal discusses his book When Principles Pay, in which he considers how a firm's environmental and social performance affect its competitiveness and financial performance.
Professor Geoffrey Heal explores how much countries should spend to avoid the uncertain risk of climate change, and how this uncertainty should factor into government decisions on prevention measures.
Professors Terry Taylor at Columbia and Erica Plambeck at Stanford, examine a new approach and explore when testing competitors’ products results in greener products — and a better bottom line.
Do laws or the marketplace motivate firms to release information about their behavior? Professor Bjorn Jorgensen at Columbia, working with Naomi Soderstrom at Colorado, determine what kinds of firms disclose information about their environmental performance.
In discussing the politics of globalization, Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a prominent critic of globalization's shortcomings and author of Making Globalization Work, offers practical ideas for extending its benefits.
Corruption — a major barrier to growth and development in poor countries — is difficult to define and even more difficult to measure. Professor Ray Fisman examines how creative research methods are shedding new light on its effects. Also see his new book: Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence and the Poverty of Nations, and his presentation on FORA.tv (video).
Is microfinance the key to ending poverty in the developing world? Professor Suresh Sundaresan and PhD student Sam Cheung examine the issues facing both lenders and borrowers in the microfinance market.
How can credit markets in developed countries help low-income families break the cycle of poverty? Professor Patrick Bolton discusses a book edited with Howard Rosenthal that came out of a conference on credit markets for the poor in developed countries.
Paul Tierney, chairman of TechnoServe, an organization that provides technical assistance to entrepreneurs in developing countries, explains what works and what doesn't.
Their popularity with low-income buyers at the "bottom of the pyramid" may not be the only reason single-serve packages sell so well. Professors Rajeev Kohli and Oded Koenigsberg and PhD student Ricardo Montoya examine consumer income levels and motivations for single-serve purchases.
Does teacher certification affect student performance? Professor Jonah Rockoff looks at the performance of public school teachers in New York City.
A game reveals what lies beneath our most charitable impulse. Professor Ray Fisman studied individuals’ giving preferences with Shachar Kariv of UC Berkeley and Daniel Markovits of Yale.
Professor Ray Horton, who was for 15 years president of the Citizens Budget Commission, a nonprofit organization that promotes good government in New York City and New York State, discusses the recent nostalgia for the master builder.
Privatization is not the only way to improve the performance of public-sector enterprises. A study of Indonesian firms, by Professors Ann Bartel of Columbia and Ann Harrison of UC Berkeley, shows that less drastic changes can lead to similar gains in productivity.
How municipal governments can use incentive programs to create a shorter commute and improve welfare for all. Professor Nicolás Stier, whose research focuses on network design, looks at incentives, such as subsidies or discounts for public transportation.
Professor Gabriel Weintraub et al. look at the auction models used to assign catering contracts for school lunches in Chile.
Our Faculty are also featured in a variety of national publications.
Professor Bruce Usher examines China's potential to drive the price down for alternative energy, making it more affordable.
Professor Geoffrey Heal, along with Howard Kunreuther of the Wharton School, discusses independent security in today's interconnected world.
Professor Bruce Usher argues that a bottom-up strategy will be most effective in tackling global climate change — the most complicated and challenging problem mankind has ever faced.
Professors James Liebman and Jonah Rockoff review data of student outcomes in schools, following the end of Joel Klein's term as New York City's school chancellor.