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A tribute to Ben Bernanke
By Chelsea Vail
January 30, 2014
Watch this highly entertaining musical tribute to Ben Bernanke, outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman, from Anil Kashyap, Chicago Booth professor and member of the
IGM Economic Experts panel
Does air pollution lead to violent crime?
What economists think about Brexit
My spirited debate with Ben Baldanza, former CEO of America's most hated airline
More choice for consumers can hurt your bottom line
One way to predict economic slumps
Do higher taxes reduce inequality?
How the housing boom led to a bust in college attendance
To what extent does financial reform spur economic growth?
Buying jeans with that Levi's gift card?
What economists think about Christmas spending
Why you may skimp on a good friend's gift
Eight great charts from 2015
Why listing your house for less could get you a higher sale price
What economists think about a Fed rate hike
Are CEOs responsible for corporate social responsibility?
Do unions boost the middle class?
What economists think about quarterly earnings reports
To lose weight, have fun
The trait that explains 10 percent of the gender pay gap
Is policy uncertainty hurting your business?
Why frequent job hopping can harm your employment prospects
What economists think about standardized testing
Why banks pay ever-larger dividends
Public audit oversight may lower costs
Blame Costco, not Amazon, for the death of your local Sears
What economists think about poverty calculations
Are you impatient? Then you're also more likely to procrastinate
How the Great Recession changed our shopping habits
What Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton thinks about Uber
Can you picture your doctor grocery shopping? Why it matters
What economists think about the Affordable Care Act
What economists think about a $15 minimum wage
Three habits of successful private-equity investors
Why the Fed can't be completely transparent
Why smaller brands beat their big rivals on search ads
When times are tough, lenders prefer family businesses
Are performance enhancing products always unfair?
Surprise! Why yesterday's bad earnings news can be good
Relax: US elections don't drive consumer spending
Why the socially savvy are the most employable
Read this: Emotions, cellos, and all the financial advice you'll ever need
Why people are optimistic, yet apathetic, about the presidential election
Read this: TV, jobs, cars, and rock stars
When marketers fudge facts, consumers are taken in
How managers can dam up credit flow
Read this: A tax credit that works, Sam Zell, and a restaurant cook shortage
Succession taxes are costly for family firms
Why donors prefer a way out to a fuzzy feeling
Read this: Job licenses, medical malpractice, and Super Thursday
How drug marketing influences prescription trends
How well do umpires make decisions?
Read this: Price theory, robotic investors, and Charlie Munger
Overcoming ethnic divides is crucial to Kenyan stock market growth
Cash isn't dead after all
Will banks matter in a bitcoin age?
Read this: Nudging the nudgers, pitching your project, and defining affordable housing
Why groups are better at spotting liars
Entrepreneurs: To get a deal done, use accounting
Read this: Network failures, the American Dream, and Greditors
How to talk like a Democrat (or a Republican)
Daily data: Do moviegoers prefer bigger screens, or more choice?
A primer on the Greek Crisis
Read this: Bottled water, skills programs, and Paul Krugman the street fighter
A new way to measure culture's effect on economic growth
Daily data: A simple way to improve GDP forecasting
Daily data: Quantitative easing worsened US regional inequality
Nudge, nudge: Your politics are showing
Read this: Federal technology failures, financial decision-making, and entrepreneurship metrics
Casting doubt on the link between fertility and racism
How the media move markets—even when the news is old
In memoriam: John Nash's contributions to game theory
Can Chicago become a Nerdopolis?
Daily data: Do soda taxes really tackle obesity?
Read this: The Fed, the sharing economy, and internet trends
Daily data: Why teams can give 110 percent
Read this: Big business, usernames, and artificial intelligence
Economists: Median US household better off, despite sluggish income since 1980s
Read this: Bourbon, immigration, and Warren Buffett
Daily data: Facts and fictions of value investing
Why the new rules on banks' financial disclosures aren't strict enough
Read this: Humans, bees, 401(k)s, democracy, and the minimum wage
The observer effect in accounting: How measurement standards change business strategies
Daily data: Tax cuts for the wealthy don't create jobs
Daily data: How thinking about the past and future can benefit you in the present
Read this: Startup advice, one-percenter women, and CEO pay
Daily data: Why investors make mistakes pricing cyclical stocks
Read this: Free lunch, expensive drought, and McDonald's tweets
Economists: Let market set price of water in California drought
Daily data: Traders, here's a metric you don't want to miss
Daily data: How to predict an economic meltdown
Read this: Blog laws, Danish taxes, and Equal Pay Day
Daily data: How to beat the market with small company stocks
Daily data: The pros can't pick the best funds for large investors either
Read this: Diplomatic giants, March Madness ads, and the middle class
Daily data: Food deserts are only part of the problem
Economists: Fed should wait to raise interest rates
Daily data: Firms respond to incentives, not mandates, for quality financial reporting
Daily data: Health insurance for children cuts public health costs for adults
Read this: Carbon taxes, Fed rules, and randomized trials
Daily data: Price transparency leads to cheaper gasoline
Daily data: In rural India, cultural expectations present barriers to teamwork
Daily data: Spending savings is unpopular option in emergencies
Economists: Benefits of corporate tax incentives exaggerated in popular press
Daily data: Social media is revolutionizing corporate financial disclosures
Read this: Luddite lawmaking, Fed "auditing," and loose lending
Daily data: Recession hit some areas harder than others
Piketty clarifies Capital's big idea
Daily data: "Warm glow" of giving can be diminished by discounts
Read this: Well-behaved Americans, Walmart employee turnover, and GDP "lost time"
Daily data: Restaurant wait too long? Someone should build this app for that
Daily data: Alpha doesn't measure skill
Daily data: Fannie and Freddie are friends of depressed real estate markets
Daily data: Balancing gender on corporate boards has limited effect
Read this: Milton Friedman and the Fed, Ronald Coase and Yik Yak, and the P&G product purge
Economists: Vaccine mandate is worth the social cost
Daily data: Jewish persecution created wealth-sucking fear of investing
Daily data: A call to action for academic research on financial sector
Read this: Letter to Congress, bad ideas, and House of Cards economists
Daily data: Poor people make more-rational consumer decisions
Daily data: Household investment decisions influenced by performance report presentation
Read this: Famous economists, the CBO at 40, and US R&D
What to expect from a Greek debt default
Daily data: Your voice is an important job-search tool
Daily data: AP exam scores rise with more time between tests
Daily data: How to increase bike-share ridership at no additional cost
Read this: Econ blogs, R&D returns, and very interesting charts
Daily data: Nobel Prize–winning research on GMM and volatility modeling, linked
Valentine's data: Committing to love lowers stress
Read this: Not-so-secret admirers, non-disclosure agreements, and Greek bonds
How dynamic scoring could affect your taxes
Daily data: How fraud fueled the housing boom
Daily data: Eligible homeowners lost out on billions in mortgage savings
Daily data: Financial crisis doesn't always create long-lingering pain
Read this: Surge pay, game theory, and 'economy plus' education
Daily data: Higher health care costs? It's not all the industry's fault
Daily data: Shareholder protections mitigate profit declines, layoffs during financial crises
Daily data: Small, early-stage R&D grants to energy startups have large impact
Daily data: FDA drug safety alerts often go unheeded
Read this: Love and bias, robot revolts, and US federal budget fibs
Principles of textbook economics
Read this: Super Bowl ads, cheaper smartphones, and Chinese housing
Daily data: Funds use questionable strategy to disguise underperformance
Daily data: Building a better consumer price index
Daily data: You can have an efficient portfolio even if you trade
Do more business with email marketing
Read this: Police cameras, math fun, and social media
How oil prices will affect the US economy
Daily data: Rankings push corporations to pollute less
Read this: Elections, bargaining, and temptation
Daily data: New tool for evaluating, and manipulating, credit spreads
Read this: Promotions, Christmas trees, and Disneyland
Daily data: Who really benefits from corporate tax breaks?
Daily data: Homeowners subject to retail markups in boom times
Did you participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
Read this: Angels invest, crematoriums lie, workers regret
Reduce trade deficits, increase welfare?
Daily data: On the earnings call, the really knowledgeable ones speak up
Read this: Margins, monkeys, and macro
Daily data: Active fund managers know when to trade
Daily data: Bonus pay done better
Economists: Tax breaks not likely to induce corporate investment
Read this: Thanksgiving talking points edition
Daily data: How to make money in online groceries (and help the environment)
Read this: Twitter, Social Security, startups, and enterprise
Daily data: Retail financial advice doesnt come cheap
Daily data: How quantitative easing could be deflationary
The fast track to more trade
Daily data: Easing credit standards for home builders preceded loan losses
Read this: Talent hinders, Facebook reveals, nations merge?
Daily data: Banks that recover vs. banks that don't
Daily data: SEC dissemination in a high-frequency world
Amazon vs. Hachette: A textbook example of selling
Read this: Economists remember, distance matters, oikonomia returns
Daily data: Effects of price transparency in health care
Daily data: That new factor might not help you much
Read this: Anecdotes amuse, helicopter money stimulates, startup fights ebola
Daily data: Inside traders get richer with fewer analysts watching
Daily data: Trading behavior and the "rank effect"
Daily data: Those contentious Fed policies helped
Read this: Nobels confound, Piketty returns, inequality impacts parenting
Piketty on inequality: 34 economists who aren't convinced (and one who is)
Peter Thiel on entrepreneurship: Three contrarian ideas for going from 'zero to one'
Read this: Groups think, policies fail, leveraged loans rebound
How political rallies impact economic gains
Share your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video!
Read this: Regulators play favorites, inequality vexes, jobs open
The economics of Uber are very persuasive
The bottom line on government budgets
Read this: Missions creep, correlations mislead, Americans underestimate
Are Americans coming around on climate change?
House of Debt shortlisted for FT's Business Book of the Year Award
When should you invest with an active fund manager?
Read this: Gender gaps close, volunteering pays, and income stagnates
Renegotiating? Timing is everything
Great Scot! Independence means instability, say top economists
Fed plans tougher-than-Basel capital rules
Bridge to somewhere: Economic opportunity in infrastructure spending
Jose vs. Joe: A case of resume racism
Healing the kidney crisis
Keynes's 15-hour workweek, revisited
The state of state budgets is dismal
Hot Tub Time Machine: Wall Street edition
The difficult questions we should ask on Women's Equality Day
For a happier commute, try talking to strangers
Nobelist Hansen: Overreliance on Fed leading to sluggishness
Economists bring new energy to old fracking debate
After Ferguson: Small steps to address racism
Robots, robots everywhere
The trouble with trolley problems
In defense of amateur hour
Dispatches on the Asian Monetary Policy Forum
Could summer camp be the key to world peace?
Economists still think Obama stimulus was a good idea
What would Mary Poppins say about the SEC?
The last thing the Fed needs is help from Congress
Living with financial globalization: Capital flows
Fifty years on, are we still racist?
How long run discount rates inform climate change policy
Are patent trolls good for innovation?
Living with financial globalization: Monetary policy spillovers
Living with financial globalization: Interest rate linkages
What's the point of banks?
Securing financial stability: Macroprudential policy
Rethinking the role of happiness in public policy
Securing financial stability: What role for monetary policy?
Failure to be boring
Inaugural Asian Monetary Policy Forum
In memoriam: Gary Becker
How "moral hazard" benefits investors
Lessons from Continental Illinois for fixing the financial system
What's the best way to pay for retiree health benefits?
Economists take sides on net neutrality
NFL Draft Day wisdom from Richard Thaler
Insights into the subtler side of racial bias
Have we solved "Too Big to Fail"?
Manufacturing jobs have been in decline longer than you think
The lesson of Charles Ives insurance man turned composer
Is the euro zone safe from defaults?
Cark Medalist: Internet isn't death sentence for good journalism
The sordid history of stock option backdating
The end of the amateur college athlete?
Smart solutions for India's productivity problem
Do economic sanctions ever work?
Bank stress tests: How much should be revealed?
Money cant buy love, but maybe it can buy a kidney
Why aren't there more women in math and science?
The rise of sports analytics brings new meaning to being a 'quant jock'
Forward guidance on forward guidance at USMPF
Should you play hardball when the stakes get high?
Why we should ignore the oscars
Will future innovation help us live long and prosper?
Survey says majority of Americans think executive pay "unfair"
A relationship equation that adds up
Are executive stock options to blame for the financial crisis?
Is Obamacare a "job killer" or a job "re-shuffler"?
Will the US unemployment rate be 4.7% in July 2014?
A tribute to Ben Bernanke
How will history remember Ben Bernanke?
Mind the Medigap
Economic Outlook 2014: The future in focus
Beyoncé Know(le)s marketing
Is Uber's surge pricing taking you for a ride?
As Fed balance sheet expands, so does "forward guidance"
Our top five most-read stories of 2013
In college football, more wins means more applications
Five issues economists (mostly) agreed on in 2013 (and one that stumped them)
Innovation is a process, not a four-letter word
Economists agree, it's the thought that counts!
When it comes to stereotypes, age matters
The economics of immigration reform
Does it pay to be nice? Only to a point
Celebrating the corporate cash piles
Is the future closer than the past?
Confessions of a shopping-data-holic
Eight days of Hanukkah and good intentions
Why Amazon's stock is up $90 in three months
Economists: Diversification rocks
The world's largest mutual fund benchmarks with CRSP
The science of selfless giving
Celebrating a Nobel Prize, the Chicago way
What economists think about "Audit the Fed"
"Humanizing" brands gets into our heads...And pockets?
How to make big data a business-world blockbuster
Fear factor: Wall Street edition
Robert W. Fogel's once-controversial work has become mainstream
Economists don't understand your internet bill, either
The candy's always sweeter on the other side
The box office and the blogosphere
How companies can cash in on social media
Economists weigh in on debt debate
Go ahead, push your luck
Efficient markets come with tradeoffs
Why the Microsoft-Nokia deal might work
How to close the gap between expectation and experience
Regulation, but only if cost-justified
Where ad dollars are going, and where they've been
Who is your spirit economist?
End the mommy wars, use data
Straw man bites the dust: A response to Paul Krugman on policy uncertainty
Morning Guy vs. Night Guy
How CFOs maximize corporate tax cuts
Is Capitol Hill reading Capital Ideas?
The Big Four balancing act
How to drop an album in the digital age
Health insurance and labor supply: How the ACA could impact the job market
Good news about health care: Productive hospitals rewarded by market
Small Data: Why Jewel is dumping loyalty cards
Accounting for big-spender executives
Ideology and the internet
Do audit firms care about reputation?
Consuming today at the expense of tomorrow
Online data targeting offline consumers
Does morality trump economics?
Sweating is believing in global warming
Buying stocks is passé
Searching for a hit movie: Using the internet to predict what clicks
Colleague remembers Robert Fogel: Nobel Laureate leaves legacy of scholarly inquiry
Manipulation or misreporting? When we're too quick to cry fraud
Capital Ideas is making you patient
Borrowing for buybacks not unusual: Apple and others take on debt to fund repurchases
Netflix: the metric worth watching
What's wrong with insider trading?
When does a debt crisis start? Assessing sovereign tipping points
What are auditors actually supposed to do?
Want 1950s prices for health care? There's just one catch, says Greg Mankiw
Open the doors to the highly skilled
Introducing the Big Question
Most billionaires are self-made, not heirs
What you can learn from a Post-It note
Why do people mistrust economists
Hey cable guy, offer me a free movie
A cheaper iPhone could trip up Apple
How to keep those resolutions
'Home economics' revisited
It's better to give than to receive, really
The tricky business of marketing slogans
How Best Buy could beat Amazon
Expert outlook on China
What would Milton Friedman do?
How to sell toys to children...and Dad
The next fiscal cliff could be bigger
Bad news for MBA moms
How Europe could avoid America's mistake
When celebrity branding goes wrong
It's your turn to do the dishes
Black Friday, green Monday?
Does being poor lead to poor decisions?
Twinkie a lesson in adaptation
What business can learn from Obama
Were the bailouts worth it?