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Paul Milgrom on challenging the status quo to solve real-world problems

For Paul Milgrom, the 30,000-foot view is critically important. Economists often "do brilliant technical work about a problem nobody cares about," he says. "That's not always a bad thing, but there are plenty of problems in the world that need solving. I want to make sure we are also constantly thinking about, and working on, issues that people do care about."

Milgrom's drive to apply practical solutions to real-world challenges is at the center of his groundbreaking ideas and research over the last 40 years. His work has touched almost every facet of the field of microeconomics. And his roles as a teacher and mentor have been key to his career as one of the world's leading economists.

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Maya Rossin-Slater on the impact of policies on families, particularly the disadvantaged

How do child-support mandates impact the relationship between parents and children? Does high-quality preschool compensate for early life health disadvantages? What are the long-term impacts of early childhood exposure to air pollution once they become adults?

Those are a few of the key questions Maya Rossin-Slater, a SIEPR faculty fellow, sets out to answer with her research.

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Shai Bernstein on the intersection of money and innovation

The calculus doesn’t make sense. Every year investors pour billions of dollars into U.S. startups in the hopes of striking it rich on the next Facebook. But the odds of hitting pay dirt are exceedingly low.

So why take that risk?

It’s a question that captivates Shai Bernstein, a faculty fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and an associate professor of finance at the university’s Graduate School of Business.

“The fact that ideas, some of them may seem completely implausible, get funded at all is both fascinating and difficult to explain,” he says.

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