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Obama’s Scorecard: Hits, Misses and His Ongoing Legacy  

Barack Obama led a committed and mostly scandal-free White House, but he could have forged consensus on key issues with more persuasive communication, say experts.

Why Early-stage Investors Tend to Trust Their Gut  

“Gut feel” plays a surprisingly important role in decision making by early-stage angel investors, according to new research by Wharton’s Laura Huang.

Dressing-down: The Fashion Industry’s Reaction to the Trump Inauguration  

The refusal of leading fashion designers to craft outfits for Melania and Ivanka Trump is about taking a stance and bowing to a public outcry, say experts.

The Biggest Risks Facing the World in 2017  

As the World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland, a new report warns of the greatest challenges global leaders will face over the next decade.

Building a Better Earned Income Tax Credit  

Recent Wharton research suggests that redefining who is eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit in the U.S. may make it more effective.

‘Speaking American’: Regions, Accents and the Subtleties of Language  

The New York Times' Josh Katz discusses his compendium of colloquialisms and why people from various regions speak differently.

Do Online Reviews Matter to Businesses?  

Customer reviews affect the business of online marketplaces in surprising ways, Wharton research finds.

The Right Way to Do Mobile Marketing  

Consumers spend 25% of their time on mobile devices, yet, advertisers spend just 12% of their dollars there. That's about to change.

Transportation and the Cost of Convenience  

Our transportation system underlies all of modern life, from moving us to our jobs to bringing yesterday's Amazon order to our door. But there is a mounting cost to this convenience.

The Science of Good Salesmanship  

Author David Hoffeld says science can help sales people sell in the way their customers’ brains are wired.

How the South Korean President’s Impeachment Trial Will Impact Businesses  

Experts from Wharton and Stanford discuss the impact that the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye will have on businesses there.

Can Government Be Run Like a Business?  

Can business executives -- such as those chosen for Trump's cabinet -- run government better, or are the differences too great?

Will Canada’s Latest Cap-and-trade Program Fuel More Environmental Protection?  

Experts discuss Canada's latest steps to combat global warming.

Privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: How It Can Be Done Effectively  

Wharton’s Benjamin Keys and Columbia’s Christopher Mayer outline the goals for the privatization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The U.S. Economy in 2017: Why Uncertainty Is the ‘Biggest Risk’  

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s Patrick Harker discuss what lies ahead as the Trump administration assumes office this month.

The ‘Delicate Dance’ of Replacing Obamacare  

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is at the top of the Republican agenda, but the actual work of it will be a complicated process, experts say.

We Don’t Need a Crisis to Act Unitedly Against Cyber Threats  

Jay Clayton, Donald Trump's nominee to head the SEC, co-authored this 2015 opinion piece on why a collective response is needed to combat cyber threats.

Cause and Effect: Do Prescription Drug Ads Really Work?  

Drug ads do bring about an increase in the number of prescriptions for that medication, Wharton research finds, but that doesn't necessarily translate into health benefits.

Why Combining For-profit and Philanthropic Investment Can Succeed  

Companies that mix for-profit and philanthropic capital sources for positive social impact need leaders who can push in more than one direction, according to social entrepreneur Derek Handley.

How Technology Shocked the Entertainment Industry  

Companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple and others have made big Hollywood studios, TV networks and other traditional media outlets rethink how they approach the idea of success.

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