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How the Federal Reserve Can Maintain Its Independence  

Retaining the Federal Reserve’s autonomy is a top concern as President Trump’s appointments could occupy key roles, say experts.

You’re Happy and You Know It — Why You Probably Shouldn’t Show It  

New Wharton research finds that abundantly happy people are perceived as innocent and unsophisticated, which makes them more vulnerable to deception.

How Mindfulness Can Lead to Better Health Care Outcomes  

Physicians must heed warning signals of burnout, and be more compassionate to be effective, says Ronald Epstein in a new book on mindfulness.

First Book: A Novel Model for Social Enterprises  

First Book adopts a novel business model that is key to the nonprofit's success in distributing books and other items to kids in need.

The Elephant in the Room: Why Silly Corporate Buzzwords Catch On  

Why does corporate America use silly buzzwords like ‘low-hanging fruit’? Author James Sudakow explains.

Trump, the Dollar and Trade – What’s Ahead  

While President Trump appears to have softened some of his contentious stances on trade and currency levels regarding China and Japan, plenty of policy uncertainty remains.

Why Humans Distrust Algorithms – and How That Can Change  

Many people are averse to using algorithms when making decisions, preferring to rely on their instincts. New Wharton research says a simple adjustment can help them feel differently.

Will Small Investors See the End of Hidden Commissions?  

The Trump administration’s review of the fiduciary rule for financial advisors brings uncertainty to retirement planning, but investors could still protect themselves, says Wharton’s Kent Smetters.

Do ‘Sin Taxes’ Really Change Consumer Behavior?  

Imposing taxes on products that have negative effects on health can theoretically lower consumption. But do these policies help consumers to make better choices?

Repealing Dodd-Frank: What’s the Likely Fallout?  

Some tweaks to Dodd-Frank are in order, but Trump’s proposed changes will leave the financial system far more vulnerable, say experts.

How Will Corporate America’s New Political Boldness Affect Its Brands?  

Companies ranging from Budweiser to Airbnb took a political stand during this year’s Super Bowl through television ads. Will they alienate stakeholders?

Good News for Messy People: How Disorder Can Contribute to Success  

When companies impose tidiness rules, employees will hate the space, hate the company, hate everything, says author Tim Harford.

What Ostriches Can Teach Us About Risk  

A new book by Wharton professors Howard Kunreuther and Robert Meyer offers an innovative solution for addressing the biases that prevent people and groups from adequately preparing for disasters.

How the Twittersphere Helped Donald Trump Win  

Wharton research shows that sensational tweets have staying power, aiding Donald Trump’s ascent during the Republican primary debates.

How to Regulate Innovation — Without Killing It  

Regulations don't always evolve as quickly as technological change -- at least that's the perception. So what should policy makers and regulators do?

Lone Wolf: The Legacy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  

With Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch being compared to Antonin Scalia, it’s a good time to revisit Scalia’s legacy.

Cutting Regulations: How Far Can Trump Go?  

President Donald Trump has promised corporations he will cut regulations by 75%. What will this mean for business and the environment?

How the Immigration Ban Will Impact U.S. Businesses  

Though temporary, the Trump administration's immigration ban could undermine the long-term reputation of the U.S. as a reliable place to do business.

TPP: Why the U.S. Withdrawal Could Be a Boon for China  

Experts say that President Trump’s move paves the way for China to forge its own deals with other countries and dominate the world’s major trading regions and routes.

The Risks of Reviving the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines  

Experts from Wharton and elsewhere discuss the implications of Donald Trump's recent move.

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