Business & Economics

Annette Bernhardt Low-wage jobs are California’s Achilles’ heel

California has a serious low-wage jobs problem, and it’s only gotten worse over the past 15 years.

In a new analysis my colleagues and I found that fully a third of our state’s workers earned low wages in 2014 – less than $13.63 an hour. That’s about 4.8 million workers, the … More >

Robert Reich Nike, Obama and the Trans Pacific Partnership fiasco

On Friday, President Obama chose Nike headquarters in Oregon to deliver a defense of his proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

It was an odd choice of venue.

Nike isn’t the solution to the problem of stagnant wages in America. Nike is the problem.

It’s true that over the past two years Nike has added 2,000 good-paying professional … More >

David Zilberman The Fenigstein Effect

Every year during graduation season, I encounter many students who are nervous about the job market. Surprisingly, many worry not only about their technical qualifications, but that they don’t look the part.

Some of these students probably listen to the media and studies that have found that good-looking men are considered … More >

Temina Madon Cracking Open the Social Sciences: Leamer and Rosenthal Strike Again

The demand for transparency in science has never been stronger. Today’s most influential publishers, professional societies, think tanks, and funders are all calling for open and reproducible research.

The U.S. government has recently set new standards for Federally funded studies– and even the private sector has begun releasing data, analyses, … More >

David Zilberman Dining in Slovakia – and thinking about food security

I arrived in Bratislava to participate in a workshop for FoodSecure, a EU project on food and nutritional security in the developing world. Bratislava is the capital of the young republic of Slovakia. It is only 60 kilometers from Vienna, and has a rich and turbulent history of its own. … More >

Brad DeLong Who’s better off, ‘Paris of the Plains’ or ‘Stumptown’? A cost-of-living puzzler

Each time I go directly from Kansas City, Mo./Kan. to Portland, OR — or from Portland, Ore. to Kansas City, Kan./Mo. — I am struck by cognitive dissonance.

There is a very large gulf between what I see around me and what, say, the charts people put up on the screen for … More >

Steve Blank Getting to ‘Yes’ for Corporate Innovation

I’ve been working with Roberto, the Chief Innovation Officer of a diversified company I’ll call Sprocket Industries.

I hadn’t heard from Roberto in awhile and when we caught up, it was clear his initial optimism had faded. I listened as Roberto listed the obstacles to the new innovation program at Sprocket, … More >

Steve Blank Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets.

Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At our company we have a culture that fears failure. A failed project is considered a negative to a corporate career. As a … More >

Severin Borenstein Keystone XL, energy policy and the job-creation shuffle

Renewable energy proponents and advocates of the Keystone pipeline finally agree on something: that the right way to count “job creation” is to focus narrowly on the jobs in the industry they want to boost and ignore the overall impact on employment.  Unfortunately, researchers who actually study employment are not … More >

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