Education, Business, & Law

Will Amazon’s plan to ‘upskill’ its employees pay off?

Wharton’s Matthew Bidwell discusses Amazon’s $700 million plan to retrain its workforce with “pathways to careers” in machine learning, manufacturing, robotics, and computer science, while facing mounting personnel and safety issues and concerns at its warehouses.

Penn Today Staff

Uncovering bias: A new way to study hiring can help

Research has shown how easy it is for an employer’s conscious and unconscious biases to creep in when reviewing resumés, creating an uneven playing field that disproportionally hurts women and minority job candidates.

Penn Today Staff

Is Huawei a national security threat?

Christopher Yoo, professor of law, communication, and computer and information science, describes why the Chinese technology company has become a hot topic of conversation in national security circles.

Brandon Baker

Why are U.S. hospitals closing?

Wharton’s Lawton Burns discusses the closure of Philadelphia’s Hahnemann University Hospital and the trend of medical facilities shuttering nationwide.

Penn Today Staff

The ACA battle is heating up

The Affordable Care Act is once again under threat, along with health insurance coverage for at least 20 million Americans, as a federal appeals court weighs on its constitutionality.

Penn Today Staff

How states can help police mortgage-lending practices

Wharton’s Brian Feinstein discusses his research on how judicial foreclosure can help states fill the policy gap left by the federal government’s pullback from regulatory enforcement of mortgage-lending.

Penn Today Staff

The role of UN ambassador, explained

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, distinguished global leader-in-residence at Perry World House, describes the workings of the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.—and whether it matters that it’s no longer of cabinet status.

Brandon Baker



In the News


Bloomberg

Wharton professor on turning responsible investing interest into sales

Cait Lamberton of the Wharton School discussed the decision-making behind sustainable investing. “At the end of the day, the question for the consumer has to be, ‘If I do this, what changes in the world? What will be different because I took this action?’ And it doesn’t even have to be something large; it has to be something concrete,” she said.

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Science

Medical groups push to save institute that helps doctors and patients choose the right treatment

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel said PCORI, a government-funded research institute, wasn’t “bold enough” in dealing with drug companies and went “way overboard” with its patient engagement efforts.

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The Washington Post

Corporate debt nears a record $10 trillion, and borrowing binge poses new risks

Krista Schwarz of the Wharton School said that the current state of affairs, in which corporations have taken on significant high-risk debt, will amplify any economic downturn. “It’s going to make everything happen faster, larger, worse,” she said. “The recession would just be that much deeper.”

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Quartz India

Can Paytm make every cent of its $1 billion funding round really count?

Kartik Hosanagar of the Wharton School said that Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder of India’s fintech company Paytm, “likely has low equity holding on a percentage basis. But the company’s valuation is very high so his stake in Paytm is still worth a lot on paper.”

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Quartz

Three MBA admissions heads explain why record numbers of women are going to business school

Blair Mannix of the Wharton School spoke about the business school’s supportive environment. “People on the outside of the community and culture think it’s a competitive environment, but if you speak to anyone who’s a member of it, it’s extremely collaborative,” she said.

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