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Financial Meltdowns Are More Predictable Than We Thought

Robin Greenwood and Samuel G. Hanson discuss new research that shows economic crises follow predicatable patterns.

Recessions Push Some Entrepreneurs to Launch Too Soon

Research by Maria Roche looks at how past economic downturns forced job-insecure, high-tech entrepreneurs to rush their ventures to market. Will COVID-19 do the same?

Older People Are Less Pessimistic about the Health Risks of COVID-19

The pandemic presents a unique opportunity to investigate formation of beliefs about an unprecedented, widespread, and life-threatening event. One finding: COVID-19 makes the prospect of disease and death particularly salient for the young.

The Targeting and Impact of Paycheck Protection Program Loans to Small Businesses

Survey data on business owners collected by the Alignable network shows that lending to bank customers in better financial positions may have been prioritized, possibly crowding out less connected firms that would have benefitted more from the loans.

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Company?

A World War II spy manual offers intriguing insights into how modern management techniques may be sabotaging your organization, says Stefan Thomke.

Updating the Balanced Scorecard for Triple Bottom Line Strategies

Society increasingly expects businesses to help solve problems of environmental degradation, inequality, and poverty. This paper explains how the Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Map should be modified to reflect businesses’ expanded role for society.

Many Small-Business Employees May Be Close to Losing Health Insurance

Small-business owners have delayed rent payments and other bills to protect health benefits for employees. Now, financial pressure is mounting, according to research by Leemore Dafny, Yin Wei Soon, Zoë Cullen, and Christopher Stanton.

Time and the Value of Data

This paper studies the impact of time-dependency and data perishability on a dataset's effectiveness in creating value for a business, and shows the value of data in the search engine and advertisement businesses perishes quickly.

State and Local Government Employment in the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has had large impacts on local economies and government budgets. Balanced budget requirements, not mis-management, have generated a fiscal crisis and forced state and local governments to reduce service provision precisely when it is in greatest demand.

Is Happiness at Work Really Attainable?

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