Education, Business, & Law

Who made that decision: You or an algorithm?

Wharton’s Kartik Hosanagar’s new book, “A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control,” examines how algorithms influence our decisions.

Penn Today Staff

U.S. debt: Is it the calm before the storm?

The U.S. national debt has crossed $22 trillion. Wharton’s Kent Smetters and Joao Gomes discuss the nation’s long-term debt burden and what might be done about it.

Penn Today Staff

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

In the News

Associated Press

Too rosy? Experts question Warren’s wealth tax figures

Natasha Sarin of the Law School spoke about Elizabeth Warren’s proposed model for an increased wealth tax. “It’s a failed international model that we’ve decided we’re going to bring to the U.S. without explaining why our version of it is going to be so much better, both from an efficiency perspective but also a revenue-raising standpoint,” said Sarin.


Christian Science Monitor

Brotherhood, debt, and the black college rising

A study by Janelle Williams of the Graduate School of Education suggests that the current political climate under the Trump administration has drawn more black American students to HBCUs in recent years.


The Washington Post

The Finance 202: Trump is bullying Powell to lower interest rates. It might have the reverse effect

Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School said Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell may run into trouble if President Trump’s attempts to demote him were to go before the Supreme Court, but that such a scenario would likely cause either the Fed or Trump to back down for political reasons.


The Atlantic

America’s job listings have gone off the deep end

Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School said modern job listings use language that perpetuates the idea that only obsessively devoted employees are of value, potentially scaring off well-suited applicants.



Meet the NFL player teaching a money class to college students

Wharton alumnus and New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland, who lectured in the School of Arts and Sciences as part of a class on personal finance co-taught with Brian Peterson this spring, is featured. “My goal for this is to make this accessible to everyone,” he said.