Wharton School

Can artificial intelligence help answer HR’s toughest questions?

Wharton's Peter Cappelli and Prasanna Tambe discuss the challenges companies face when they outsource their Human Resources departments to AI, allowing algorithms to remedy imperfect human decision-making for hiring, firing, scheduling, and promoting.

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No evidence that testosterone reduces cognitive empathy

In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that testosterone administration did not affect cognitive empathy, a measure of the ability to recognize another’s feelings and motivations. The finding calls into question the theory that the symptoms of autism are caused by a hyper-masculinized brain.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Prepare for a slowdown, not a recession

According to Wharton finance professor Jeremy Siegel, a recession is inevitable, but when? Historic indicators of a recession are present, but demographic shifts make predictions less reliable.

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MarketWatch

Dear Mr. President, why is it a good thing if a 10-year Treasury note is worth less than a bag of dirt?

Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School said the Federal Reserve should lower its rates but not to zero or a negative number, as President Trump has proposed. Negative rates, Siegel said, would mean that a recession was inevitable.

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Fortune

With states and the feds investigating Google and Facebook, the legal pressure is ramping up

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp commented on states’ involvement in antitrust lawsuits against tech giants. “It’s ... not because the federal government isn’t doing enough,” he said. The states “want to get in the action, too.”

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Quartz at Work

What happens to tech workers when their skills become obsolete?

Prasanna Tambe of the Wharton School is contributing to research on how workers adapt when their specific skills are no longer in high demand.

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Earth Magazine

Researchers find no link between testosterone and a lack of cognitive empathy

New research by Gideon Nave of the Wharton School found that, contrary to past research, increased testosterone levels do not impair men’s ability to empathize. “We found that there is no evidence to support this effect of testosterone, but that doesn’t rule out any possible effects,” said Nave. “From what we know, though, it seems that if testosterone does have an influence, the effect is complex, not linear.”

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Popular Science

Having too much time to prepare for a hurricane could actually be a bad thing

Robert Meyer of the Wharton School spoke about excessive or preemptive hurricane preparedness. “The downside of people preemptively reacting way before they need to, many days in advance, is that you get the wrong people preparing—which absorbs resources,” he said.

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