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Many advertisers in online auctions suspect that the bidding is rigged. Research shows they may be right.
August 21, 2018
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Rigged Auctions? Why Top Bidders Don’t Always Feel Like Winners

New research casts suspicion about auctions in the online advertising market.

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April 26, 2018
Written

An End to Traffic Jams? It Might Not Be a Dream

Three new technologies could end the nightmare of commuting.

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People walk at a Bank of America's Tower in New York | ReutersS/Eduardo Munoz
April 6, 2018
Written

Are Shareholder Lawsuits Good for Business?

Why the threat of litigation actually benefits firms.

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A sign for BlackRock Inc hangs above their building in New York. Credit: Reuters/Lucas Jackson
August 6, 2018
Written

The Biggest Antitrust Story You’ve Never Heard

The rise of institutional investors threatens competition, hurts consumers, and might qualify as a new kind of monopoly.
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June 11, 2018
Written

Are Influencers Overrated?

A new study questions the effectiveness of targeting “hubs” at the center of social networks.
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Rigged Auctions? Why Top Bidders Don’t Always Feel Like Winners

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The Biggest Antitrust Story You’ve Never Heard

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Are Influencers Overrated?

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An End to Traffic Jams? It Might Not Be a Dream

Three new technologies could end the nightmare of commuting.
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Are Shareholder Lawsuits Good for Business?

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March 2, 2018
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Should We Stop Licensing Doctors and Lawyers?

A new study shows that professional certification requirements benefit providers more than consumers.
February 16, 2018
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A Moral And Economic Argument For Testing Rape Kits

More than 400,000 sexual assault kits languish in storage. New research shows the impact of analyzing them.
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What an Economist Is Learning by Driving for Uber

In studying the gig economy, Paul Oyer opts for a hands-on-the-wheel approach.