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September 24, 2015

In the developing world, regulatory institutions can be weak and as a consequence much economic activity takes place outside the formal marketplace. There may be no clear procedures for awarding government contracts.

September 24, 2015

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Agustina Paglayan grew up wondering what went wrong in a country that was once among the wealthiest in the world. The problem, she suspected, was rooted in politics and in the choice of policies that harmed the country’s long-term prospects.

September 23, 2015

Grade inflation is a hot topic in education circles. An A was once a mark of distinction. Now, at many schools, it’s the new normal. What’s not clear though is what the effects of this practice might be.

September 16, 2015

Shortly after Joe Orsini arrived at Stanford as a graduate student in economics, he took a class on industrial organization. Orsini made a beeline for the most compelling, most controversial option he could find — health insurance.

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September 6, 2015

Many economists have studied how reducing international trade barriers can benefit developing countries. Stanford associate professor of economics and SIEPR Senior Fellow Dave Donaldson also wants to understand internal trade barriers—things, like bad roads, that raise the cost of bringing goods...

September 6, 2015

Conner is a senior majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in International and National Security Policy. This summer, Conner worked with Dr. Condoleezza Rice doing research on democratic transitions in the Middle East. In addition to his research, Conner trained daily with the Stanford...

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