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Silvio Berlusconi has been a force in Italian politics during the past two decades. As the country’s prime minister and richest man, the media mogul managed to slip through sex scandals and criminal charges only to be forced out of office by Europe’s debt crisis. As a new government led by economist Mario Monti takes [...]

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The impact of the financial crisis that began on Wall Street is still being felt around the world. Students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business are drawing lessons from this pivotal time in world economic history both in and out of the classroom with a series of speakers that has produced six podcasts now [...]

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While the United States seems still to be picking itself up from an 18-months-long recession, less-developed countries already have passed through the worst of the crisis and are well on their way back.  That’s what A. Michael Spence, dean emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, told a student audience April 15 in a [...]

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Top Obama economic adviser Larry Summers called for “comprehensive regulation of all systemically important institutions” and advocated compensating taxpayers for their role in the Wall Street bailout during an address to the annual Economic Summit of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.  Includes video.   http://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/march/economic-summit-summers-031310.html Share, Email or Print:

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QOTD: ‘Reckless Prudence’

“If we add all the new proposals together – levies, Basel 3, leverage ratios, macroprudential capital requirements, Volcker rules, transaction taxes, systemic risk charges, etc., etc., – we could move into an environment of reckless prudence.” –Howard Davies, Sloan ’80, director of the London School of Economics,  speaking with the New York Times on the [...]

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QOTD: The Verdict on Davos

“The mood at the Davos is certainly better than last year, when the world was ending, but it is worse than at the beginning of last week. Alessandro Profumo of Unicredit acutely observed that Davos is likely to accentuate whatever mood you arrived in. So those who arrived nervous about the economic prospects are leaving [...]

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The Spending Freeze Isn’t

President Obama’s call for a  three-year “spending freeze” on the federal budget is “optical rather than substantive,” Edward Lazear, the Parker Professor of Human Resources management and Economics, said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece.  “Given the spending agenda that is already in place, we can expect to see large increases in the proportion [...]

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You Missing Some Water?

Deep cracks in the soil of some Napa Valley vineyards are swallowing up precious irrigation water. Stanford researchers estimate water losses could exceed 10 percent, but are working with growers on ways to stanch the outflow. “We found that about 10 percent of the water that is applied is lost below the vine rooting zone [...]

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Living on a Budget

In a policy brief published by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Matthew Harding, assistant professor of economics and a research fellow at SIEPR, describes how consumers make purchasing decisions, how they search for products and make trade-offs, and the implications of these choices. Much standard economic research focuses on prices from retailers’ [...]

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Vehicles running on ethanol will generate higher concentrations of ozone than those using gasoline, especially in the winter, Stanford researchers have found. That could create new health concerns in areas where ozone hasn’t been a significant problem before. Because E85 is only now beginning to be used in mass-produced vehicles, the researchers projected for the [...]

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