Education, Business, & Law

How to get voters off the fence? With a soft touch

According to Wharton’s Jonah Berger, one way to sway undecided voters is to break down the gap between two sides into smaller steps to make it easier for people to navigate.

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Why low interest rates hurt retirees

Low interest rates means lower returns for retirement accounts, underfunded pensions, and early Social Security draws for retirees, according to Wharton’s Olivia Mitchell.

From Knowledge@Wharton

What drives household bankruptcy?

Wharton’s Sasha Indarte on her research on the roles of moral hazard and liquidity in household bankruptcy.

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Reuters

Special Report: As jails free thousands amid COVID-19, reform push takes root

David Abrams of the Law School weighed in on how crime rates have shifted during the pandemic. “It’s a real serious challenge to figure out because a lot of dramatic changes are happening at the same time,” he said.

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ABC Australia

Amy Coney Barrett to be confirmed to US Supreme Court nine days before election

Claire Finkelstein of the Law School weighed in on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and how it might shape the upcoming election. “I think there’s just about zero chance [Barrett] would recuse herself” from a case challenging the election results, said Finkelstein.

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The Wall Street Journal

Hate waiting in line? New research may help things move faster

Hummy Song of the Wharton School spoke about the merits of a dedicated-queue system in managing line lengths. “We usually think about queues from the customer’s point of view, but there is another human on the other end of that line,” she said. “Encouraging customer ownership by dedicating assignments to each server when planning queue configurations might shorten the wait and service time.”

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The New York Times

Forget antitrust laws. To limit tech, some say a new regulator is needed

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp expressed concern about proposals for the creation of a regulatory authority to manage big tech companies. “I’m very uncomfortable with the regulatory path, especially if it means things like getting government approval for product changes,” he said. “The history of regulation shows that it is an innovation killer.”

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Bloomberg

A Hoover study claiming Biden would harm the economy has critics

Richard Prisinzano of the Penn Wharton Budget Model said a study from the Hoover Institution attributes post-2026 tax increases to Joseph Biden, when in actuality the increases are already a part of existing laws. “I’m trying not to be overly partisan, but I think they’ve put their thumb on the scale in that way,” he said.

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