Education, Business, & Law

Is ‘Democracy in Trouble?’

“Democracy in Trouble?” is the focus of a year’s worth of programming at the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy. Its 2018-19 Speaker Series examines and counters trends regarding the ongoing threats to democracy in the United States and around the world.

Jill DiSanto

The auto bailout 10 years later: Was it the right call?

Wharton's John Paul MacDuffie discusses the GM and Chrysler $80 billion bailouts in 2009, and whether the consequences of the free market or the government should have determined the future of a failing company with 3 million of jobs at risk.

Penn Today Staff

Returning to Vietnam

A child of Vietnamese refugees, David Thai has returned to his family’s homeland as a Fulbright Scholar, where he will teach English at the Hoang Le Kha High School for Gifted Students, in the southwestern region of Vietnam, a few hours from where his mother grew up.

Jill DiSanto

How the Great Recession changed American workers

Wharton experts argue that the fallout from the Great Recession of 2008 persists today. Fewer home owners, increasing retirement age, and lingering debt, plus a debate about the true cause of the financial meltdown continues one decade later.

Penn Today Staff

How the U.S. rental market is increasing inequality

Wharton's Benjamin Keys, Zillow's Aaron Terrazas and the Brookings Institution's Jenny Schuetz explain how an increase in the number of luxury rentals on the market means declining high-end rents, while affordable rent for the working class continues to be a struggle.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Philly affirms commitment to slashing emissions as study shows global increase

Christine Simeone of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy spoke about cities and states’ continued efforts in the fight against climate change. “In the absence of a national strategy, the state and local strategies actually become much more important,” said Simeone.



Why workplace loneliness is bad for business

The Wharton School’s Sigal Barsade discussed workplace friendships and the negative effects of loneliness on job performance. Loneliness can spread, Barsade cautioned. “We catch emotions from each other like viruses.”


NBC News

What the T.M. Landry Prep scandal reveals about race, stereotypes and inequality in American education

The School of Arts and Sciences’ Camille Zubrinksy Charles offered commentary on the Landry Prep scandal, saying that the administrators’ “slick sales pitch” relied on racial stereotypes to win over parents and the media.


Black Friday is longer, and tamer, than ever

The Wharton School’s Barbara Kahn explained why Black Friday seems to start earlier and last longer each year. “When someone is offering 50 percent discounts from 10 to 11 on Friday, you can offer 51 percent from 9 to 10 on Friday. That competitive response will cause the creeping behavior — it’s getting earlier and earlier — because you want [customers] to buy from you instead of the competition,” said Kahn.