Wharton School

The math behind March Madness

A Q&A with statistician Shane Jensen, who discusses the math behind sports team rankings, why March Madness has so many underdog victories, and how technology might change how analysts study sports teams in the future.

Erica K. Brockmeier

Higher ed as ‘hubs for common ground’

At the Wharton Global Forum in Shanghai, Penn President Amy Gutmann said high-quality higher education has the potential to transform lives, communities, and the world.

Penn Today Staff

Can Venezuela recover from its crisis?

Penn’s Dorothy Kronick discusses potential solutions to Venezuela’s deepening crisis, and asks whether sanctions are a good strategy.

Penn Today Staff



In the News


Vox.com

A spinal surgery, a $101,000 bill, and a new law to prevent more surprises

Benjamin Chartock, a Ph.D. student in the Wharton School, said a new law in New York that created a binding arbitration process between hospitals and insurers is “keeping patients out of the middle of these billing disputes.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

In new book, Wharton prof shows how Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix algorithms shape our decisions

Kartik Hosanagar of the Wharton School spoke about his proposal for greater transparency via an “Algorithmic Bill of Rights.” Hosanagar believes consumers have a right to know when algorithms have made significant decisions about them and what data were used to reach those conclusions.

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Technical.ly Philly

A new research center at Wharton wants to make a fintech hub out of Philly

The Wharton School’s David Musto will be heading the new Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance, which will offer research courses and mentorship to students pursuing careers in the fintech sector. “Penn’s unique mission has always been to take on the biggest real-world challenges and opportunities through knowledge-based and data-driven innovation,” said President Amy Gutmann.

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The New York Times

With lawsuits looming, OxyContin maker considers bankruptcy

Vincent Buccola of the Wharton School said Purdue, the pharmaceutical company behind OxyContin, is considering declaring bankruptcy in order to avoid going to court in states heavily impacted by the opioid crisis.

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The New York Times

Trump’s economic outlook is rosy. That could be a problem

The Wharton School’s Alexander Arnon said a slowdown in U.S. economic growth “is in line with our expectations,” due in part to 2017’s tax-cut package, which was largely funded by federal borrowing.

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