Capital Ideas Blog

Nobelist Hansen: Overreliance on Fed leading to sluggishness

By Robin Mordfin - August 21, 2014

While the investment world waits on the edge of its seat for Janet Yellen’s speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, scheduled for tomorrow...

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Economists bring new energy to old fracking debate

By Robin Mordfin - August 20, 2014

In 1959, the Dutch found buried treasure on the coast of the North Sea: Groningen, the largest natural gas field in Europe.

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After Ferguson: Small steps to address racism

By Chelsea Vail - August 18, 2014

The ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, incited by the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, demands—and is receiving—national media attention.

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Robots, robots everywhere

By Chelsea Vail - August 13, 2014

The robot revolution started off innocently enough—a drone-waiter here, a book-retrieval crane there.

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The trouble with trolley problems

By Robin Mordfin - August 11, 2014

A runaway trolley is out of control. Ahead of it on the tracks are five people tied up an unable to move.

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House of Debt is candidate for FT's Business Book of the Year Award

By Chelsea Vail - August 07, 2014

It's that time of year again—the "longlist" of contenders for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award has been released, and we're happy to see one of our favorites has made the cut.

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In defense of amateur hour

By Chelsea Vail - August 05, 2014

There is a time and place for amateur hour, and generally speaking it's not 9 to 5 at the office...

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Dispatches on the Asian Monetary Policy Forum

By Chelsea Vail - July 31, 2014

You have questions about monetary policy: How did bankers become rock stars? What do Fannie and Freddie have to do with South Korean borrowing spreads?

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Could summer camp be the key to world peace?

By Robin Mordfin - July 29, 2014

Could summer camp be the key to world peace? Perhaps. Jane Risen of Chicago Booth is studying Seeds of Peace...

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Economists still think Obama stimulus was a good idea

By Chelsea Vail - July 29, 2014

Was US unemployment lower with the 2009 stimulus than it would have been without it? Did the benefits outweigh the costs?

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