Education, Business, & Law

Making history at LDI: An interview with Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is the first female and first physician-economist executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and a professor of both medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and health care management at the Wharton School.

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How to fix a toxic workplace

Is the workplace really any more toxic than it once was? Despite improvements in equality and discrimination, greater awareness of calling out toxic environments is having an impact. So what are employees, and businesses, doing about it?

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Can we tax our way into healthier behavior?

Wharton’s Benjamin Lockwood’s research works to determine the optimal rate for so-called sin taxes, like Philadelphia’s tax on soda, and asks at what point does a tax lead to healthier choices?

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Does diversity training work?

Wharton’s Edward Chang and Katherine Milkman discuss their new research on the effectiveness of diversity training.

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Why central banks are taking on climate change

Climate change poses a significant financial risk to the global economy, and central bankers are concerned. One reason is that serious effects from climate change now look much closer to the horizon than recently thought, says Wharton’s Eric Orts, and central banks are responsible for financial stability.

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Is Amazon too big?

Wharton’s Barbara Kahn discusses the second-largest retailer’s runaway growth and its place as one of the largest tech companies, and considers whether it has morphed into a monopoly.

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In the News


The Washington Post

Hong Kong remains vital economic asset for Beijing, despite unrest

Richard Marston of the Wharton School spoke about Hong Kong’s economic role in the world. “Hong Kong is just a very convenient construct for both China and the rest of the world,” he said. “It’s not in China’s interest nor in the rest of the world’s interest to have Hong Kong’s status changed.”

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The Takeaway with John Hockenberry

SoulCycle becomes latest brand to reckon with a social media boycott

Americus Reed II of the Wharton School joined a discussion about social-media-based boycotts. “Expressing this sort of moral outrage on Twitter is a very different idea than actually canceling your membership and inconveniencing yourself,” he said.

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MarketWatch

Goldman: Huawei deadline could further escalate a ‘full-blown economic conflict’ between U.S., China

Christopher Yoo of the Law School said Huawei is considered a threat to U.S. national security because “the Chinese government is widely thought to exercise considerable influence over Huawei.”

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Vice

Exclusive: Emails show this anti-tobacco crusader’s close relationship with JUUL

Neil Makhija of the Law School commented on the Iowa attorney general’s close relationship to JUUL. “I can't think of a historical precedent for a sitting attorney general advising a private corporation, let alone one under state and federal investigation,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

As the Moorestown Mall struggles, residents will pay higher taxes because of its losses

Barbara Kahn of the Wharton School attributed mall closures in part to the loss of key anchor stores, such as Macy’s. Others have managed to survive by rebranding as mixed-use developments, she said.

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