Education, Business, & Law

How to get voters off the fence? With a soft touch

According to Wharton’s Jonah Berger, one way to sway undecided voters is to break down the gap between two sides into smaller steps to make it easier for people to navigate.

From Knowledge@Wharton

Why low interest rates hurt retirees

Low interest rates means lower returns for retirement accounts, underfunded pensions, and early Social Security draws for retirees, according to Wharton’s Olivia Mitchell.

From Knowledge@Wharton

What drives household bankruptcy?

Wharton’s Sasha Indarte on her research on the roles of moral hazard and liquidity in household bankruptcy.

From Knowledge@Wharton

Why anti-racism education belongs in business school

The co-presidents of Wharton’s African-American MBA Association discuss leading the Black at Wharton community’s response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and the impacts the demonstrations have had on them and their communities.

Dee Patel



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Relief, calm, and a sense that ‘justice was served’ as Philadelphia watches Chauvin’s guilty verdict

Krystal Strong, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Philly and assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education’s Literacy, Culture, and International Education Division, says justice was not obtained in the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin. “Justice means that George Floyd would be here,” she says.

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WITF.org

Anger, anxiety, stress, relief: Therapists say it’s OK for Black people to feel it all

In addition to the next slate of trials for Chuavin’s colleagues, Philadelphians are still processing the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. and the city’s own checkered history of policing Black and other communities of color. Ariane Thomas of the Graduate School of Education comments on the importance of talking about feelings and leaning into their complexity. 

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Axios

Americans will likely have to navigate a maze of vaccine "passports"

Eric Feldman of the Law School spoke about the legality of businesses requiring proof of vaccination. “In general, private businesses can decide who they're willing to admit into their businesses and serve so long as they don't violate either the federal Civil Rights act or a state law,” he said.

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The New York Times

Set up branches of elite colleges to expand access?

Rebecca Stein of the Online Learning Initiative responded to an op-ed that suggested universities open multiple campuses in order to diversify the student body. “Teaching online allows universities to reach more students, and more diverse students. It is the path to meeting both the high bar of quality and the goal of inclusion,” she wrote. “Instead of building a campus in Houston, let’s be bold and build a virtual campus.”

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The New York Times

Don’t fear cryptocurrencies. Manage them

Brian Feinstein and Kevin Werbach of the Wharton School wrote about calls to regulate cryptocurrencies and claims by crypto advocates that regulatory actions will depress trading activity. Feinstein and Werbach’s research “found no evidence that regulatory announcements affect crypto trading volume,” they wrote.

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