Education, Business, & Law

Breaking the bank

Economics professor Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde reveals that Bitcoin is not the first private currency in history, and may face regulation in the future.

Penn Today Staff

Student startups on view

On Friday, April 27, University students with innovative startups will join with investors for the Penn Wharton Startup Showcase.

The human story of coal’s downturn

A forthcoming report from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy will offer a range of strategies to directly impact the economic and mental health crisis in coal country.

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.



Dieting is out. That poses a problem for a company named Weight Watchers as it rebrands itself WW

Kevin Volpp of the Wharton School and Perelman School of Medicine offered commentary on the “universal challenge” of dieting. “People generally speaking are much more successful in achieving initial weight loss than maintaining weight loss,” he said.



Barbara Kahn discusses the retail revolution (podcast)

Barbara Kahn of the Wharton School was interviewed about changes in the world of retail and marketing. “People talk about [contemporary online shopping] as ‘omnichannel’ but right now it’s just retail. Retail has now become a seamless integration between online and offline,” said Kahn.



Sears bankruptcy hits close to home for Trump

Speaking about Sears’ decline, the Wharton School’s Daniel Raff said that expressions of nostalgia for the store, which has long catered to blue-collar Americans, “may well resonate with [Trump’s] core voters.”


Vanity Fair

Is the Harvey Weinstein criminal case in trouble?

“We’re in a different arena than we were 10 years ago,” said Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts and Sciences, comparing the current moment to the pre-#MeToo era. As prosecutors, “the public and the politics are on your side now…. You can find juries that will convict.”