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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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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—When a company does badly, no manager likes to be blamed for things that were really outside his control—like a general downturn in the economy. That goes especially for chief executives. But do boards really take external factors into account when giving CEOs the ax? A new study finds that more [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY  — Wall Street continued to careen wildly Thursday, signaling a great deal of nervousness and uncertainty in the markets. Stanford News Service asked economist Roger Noll, co-director of the Program on Regulatory Policy at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, to offer some guidance. The Dow tumbled 635 points Monday, climbed back [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Last Friday’s Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating topped a week that saw all three major stock market indexes delivering their worst performances since the 2008-2009 crisis. Monday the Dow tumbled 634 points. Tuesday it climbed back 430 points .  What does it mean? Stanford News Service asked Nicholas Bloom, [...]

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Finance professor Stefan Nagel and his co-author have demonstrated that personally experiencing something like the Great Depression has a significant impact on how we invest our money.

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Economist John Shoven, director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), discussed the current U.S. congressional economic crisis with the Stanford Report. For most of us, our minds go numb when people start speaking in trillions of dollars. In practical terms, how does this debt load affect our lives and our children’s lives? [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Three years after the onset of the worst financial crisis in more than half a century, the debate over how to make the banking system more secure is far from over. Should there be more regulation; should capital and equity requirements be raised; there’s even disagreement about what constitutes [...]

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“Discussion about the lack of employment growth in the U.S … is driven by truly economic circumstances, but it has been conducted in the prevalent political mode of identifying heroes and villains” says Jason Thomas, MBA ’00, an investment manager. Writing for CNN Opinion, Thomas said:  ”The resulting ‘fingers-crossed’ approach to watching the employment figures [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – For an interesting “third world” critique of the current U.S. economic situation, tune into this video Q and A with with Hernando de Soto as part of the 2011 SIEPR Economic Summit. de Soto is president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, a think tank in Lima, Peru that the Economist [...]

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Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally recently gave Stanford Graduate School of Business students an offer they couldn’t refuse — putting themselves into the driver’s seat of the second-largest car company in the United States. In his talk to a packed house at Bishop Auditorium on Feb. 3, Mulally outlined the unsettling scenario [...]

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