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This page highlights the latest faculty insights through a selection of their working papers and commentaries, interviews, and news.April 12, 2013
Professor Rodrigo Canales discusses his research into the trade-offs inherent in social enterprises and argues that people interested in the field should pay closer attention to the challenges of achieving both social good and market success.
March 24, 2013
Scott Morton is back at Yale SOM after serving as the top economist in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division.
March 11, 2013
As housing, unemployment, the stock market, and the overall economy show signs of recovery, Professor Robert Shiller writes in the New York Times that we understand little about how people's confidence affect these major turning points. "…[P]ublic thinking is inscrutable. We can keep trying to understand it, but we'll be puzzled again the next time the markets or the economy make major moves."
March 5, 2013
Professor Ravi Dhar has been honored with the Distinguished Scientific Accomplishment Award of the Society for Consumer Psychology, which recognizes outstanding lifelong research contributions to the field of consumer psychology.
March 1, 2013
The Federal Reserve's policy of open-ended quantitative easing emphasizes short-term tactics over longer-term strategy, writes Stephen Roach. "The focus, instead, should be on accelerating the process of balance-sheet repair, while at the same time returning monetary and fiscal policy levers to more normal settings."
February 19, 2013
Languages differ in how much they distinguish between the present and the future. Professor Keith Chen found that speakers of languages that do not rely on the future tense make more future-oriented choices, including saving more money, retiring with more wealth, and smoking less.
February 15, 2013
Senior Associate Dean Anjani Jain is sometimes asked whether India's culture plays a role in the preponderance of influential Indian management thinkers. He offers his perspective in a commentary in the Economic Times.
February 14, 2013
The spread of the atom bomb is becoming like a networked multinational corporation, according to Professor Paul Bracken, author of The Second Nuclear Age.
February 4, 2013
Professor Marissa King compared the prescribing patterns of doctors who graduated before and after their medical schools introduced conflict-of-interest policies that restrict industry gifts. Her research showed that doctors who experienced gift restrictions during medical training are less likely to prescribe newly marketed medications.
January 24, 2013
UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised that, if reelected, he will hold a referendum on whether the country should stay in the European Union. Yale SOM's David Bach argues that this move is likely to produce just what a struggling economy doesn't need-more uncertainty.
January 22, 2013
Professor Marissa King mapped the geographic patterns of the use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and stimulants across the United States. She identified large regional clusters, centered on Tennessee, where use of these drug classes were elevated.
January 17, 2013
Guilt may be a key mechanism for enhancing pleasure, according to new research co-authored by Professor Ravi Dhar.
January 11, 2013
A new working paper co-authored by Professor Peter Schott links the sharp decrease in U.S. manufacturing employment after 2001 to a substantial shift in U.S. trade policy towards China in late 2000.
January 10, 2013
Small price differences can have a substantial effect on how we choose, according to new research co-authored by Professors Nathan Novemsky and Ravi Dhar.
December 18, 2012
Professor K. Sudhir discusses India's move to expand the presence of foreign retailers to modernize the country's retail sector and boost economic growth.
December 14, 2012
A study co-authored by Professor Mushfiq Mobarak examines the contributions of foreign and domestic doctoral students in science and engineering to U.S. innovation. The paper is short-listed for the Royal Economic Society's 2012 best paper award.
October 16, 2012
Professor George Newman studied the effectiveness of offering small thank-you gifts in return for charitable donations and found that they reduce donation amounts.
October 9, 2012
Philanthropic giving in India lags that in developed nations. In the first PONPO lecture of the year, Professor K. Sudhir discussed how he translated research into an ad campaign that increased giving from wealthy donors to a charity that supports the elderly.
October 4, 2012
A panel of women from the Yale SOM faculty discussed their professional experiences at a Women in Management Club event.
October 1, 2012
When banks experience payment defaults to their loan portfolios it makes them question their ability to screen risky borrowers, according to research by Prof. Justin Murfin. They compensate by writing stricter loan contracts for current borrowers.
September 24, 2012
Scientists are trained to be objective, but new research by Professor Victoria Brescoll and a team of Yale colleagues found gender biases among both male and female science faculty that favor male students.
September 19, 2012
A study of television viewing habits co-authored by Professor Constança Esteves-Sorenson has implications for structuring default choices in retirement accounts, healthcare plans, and other policy settings.
September 13, 2012
In BizEd magazine, David Bach, senior associate dean for executive MBA and global programs, outlines six forces that are reshaping business and business education.
August 24, 2012
Senior Associate Dean Anjani Jain tells new MBA class that they "must draw upon the best ideas in business, entrepreneurship, nonprofit, and government sectors across the globe" to solve today's most pressing problems. Read his full address to the New MBA Class.
August 23, 2012
Local or decentralized banks are believed to always offer better lending terms to small and young firms, but new research co-authored by Prof. Rodrigo Canales finds that this is only true when banks face competition.
July 31, 2012
Tax increases should be accompanied by deductions that encourage charitable giving, writes Prof. Robert Shiller in the New York Times.
July 18, 2012
Research by Professors Keith Chen and Judith Chevalier finds that most female primary-care doctors don't work enough hours in the prime of their careers to make their expensive medical training pay off financially. Most would earn more money over their careers becoming physician assistants instead.
July 16, 2012
"Ventures survive longer and generate greater annual profits and cash flows when their founders locate them in their home regions where they have deep roots of family and friends," says Professor Olav Sorenson. His study "Home Sweet Home: Entrepreneurs' Location Choices and the Performance of Their Ventures" is published in Management Science.
July 11, 2012
Rakesh Mohan, Professor in the Practice of International Economics and Finance at Yale SOM and a senior fellow of Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, discusses India's currency policy behind the fall of the rupee in a Q&A with the Wall Street Journal. Mohan is the former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
June 29, 2012
Women in Bangladesh prefer inexpensive, traditional stoves for cooking over modern ones despite significant health risks and years of efforts to promote cleaner and more fuel-efficient models. Professor Mushfiq Mobarak and colleagues from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Stanford examine the barriers to their adoption in a new paper.
June 25, 2012
In the New York Times, Professor Robert Shiller writes that mortgage lenders need to write down the amounts owed by homeowners, but the different stakeholders have been unable to act collectively to do this, even though it is in their common interest.
June 11, 2012
The recovery from the latest recession is historically different from past recoveries, write Professors Ben Polak and Peter Schott on the New York Times Economix blog. Local government employment continued to grow during past recessions, but this time it hasn't, slowing job recovery. "Without this hidden austerity program, the economy would look very different," they write.
June 4, 2012
Uniform accounting standards to serve diverse economies are not feasible, write Professors Shyam Sunder and Stella Fearnley (Bournemouth University) in the Financial Times.
May 30, 2012
In a Project Syndicate op-ed, Robert Shiller tells graduates to "never lose sight of the purpose and overriding social goals of finance."
May 24, 2012
Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for executive programs and Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management, writes in the Washington Post that the Facebook board must learn to deal with its genius CEO.
May 3, 2012
Concerned about the negative consequences of appearing to be too outspoken, powerful women talk less than others in their organizations, while powerful men talk more, finds a study by Victoria Brescoll.
April 30, 2012
Shiller spoke about proposals in his new book, Finance and the Good Society, as part of Convening Yale, a series that brings faculty members from around the university to Yale SOM to discuss their work.
April 2, 2012
A study by Martijn Cremers finds that the publicly traded emerging market affiliates of large multinationals have outperformed their parent companies, their local stock market, and the wider emerging markets over the last 14 years.
March 22, 2012
Professor Ravi Dhar sits down with top marketers from IBM and Converse to discuss the future of marketing in a digital world.
March 19, 2012
Ibbotson and his co-authors were honored for the paper "The ABCs of Hedge Funds: Alphas, Betas, and Costs."
March 9, 2012
In his new book, Professor Robert J. Shiller argues that finance should play a larger role in helping society achieve its goals.