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Slaughter & Rees Report: A Holiday Wish—Progress Rather Than Regress

The end-of-year holidays are now upon us. In many parts of the world, in the days ahead children and adults alike will relish in giving and receiving gifts.

Dec 19, 2016

When to Send an Investing Model into Retirement

Highlights the three-factor model of investment returns that was introduced by Kenneth French, the Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance, and his colleague Eugene Fama, Nobel Prize–winning University of Chicago economist, in an article that discusses when it’s time to retire a theory.

Dec 14, 2016

Algorithms Are Making Us Small-Minded

In his latest piece for "Syd Weighs In," Sydney Finkelstein examines the consequences of living in a world that is curated by the use of algorithms. "As the new year approaches, think of it this way: As algorithms and artificial intelligence become better at predicting our needs and narrowing our focus, our ability to adapt and keep learning new things may become crucial to our value as people—in business and in life," writes Finkelstein.

Dec 13, 2016

Fed Watch: What’s Ahead for Rates in 2017?

As a guest on Bloomberg’s “What’d You Miss?,” Peter Fisher, senior lecturer and senior fellow at the Center for Business, Government & Society, discusses the outlook for the Fed and the timing of the Fed rate hikes in 2017, the importance of monetary policy to investors, the impact of political risk on the markets, and the outlook for Japan's economy. "The fed is going to have to reflect that the economy is a littler firmer than it was in September, the labor market is a little tighter, and the inflation measures have moved a little further,” says Fisher.

Dec 12, 2016

Bending the Arc of History

Matthew Rees, senior fellow at the Center for Business, Government & Society, opines on the future of progress and innovation. Rees concludes that improving the state of human societies— such as a rise in well-being and living standards—isn’t easy to do. “It requires a mix of enlightened public policy and enterprising human capital, as well as social and political stability and an ability to adapt to new ideas,” writes Rees. “Throughout history, societies have struggled to get this recipe right, and even today all sorts of obstacles—from opioids to Aleppo—are potent reminders that progress is not preordained.”

Dec 12, 2016

Why Electric Cars Are Only as Clean as Their Power Supply

Cites the paper “Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Marginal Emissions: Implications for Electric Cars and Other Electricity-Shifting Policies,” co-authored by Erin Mansur in an article about how electric car emission impact is highly dependent on how the electricity is sourced.

Dec 06, 2016

The Surprisingly Unequal Benefits of Electric Vehicles, Mapped

The Atlantic's "City Lab," cites the paper “Distributional Effects of Air Pollution from Electric Vehicle Adoption,” co-authored by Erin Mansur, the Revers Professor of Business Administration, in an article about whether electric-vehicles (EV) are truly better for the environment. “The co-authors mapped out the costs and benefits of EV adoption in terms of the emissions they put into the air—not only carbon dioxide, but also pollutants that affect local air quality, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen, particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds,” writes City Lab. “Unsurprisingly, the places with the greatest EV adoption rates got cleaner air as a result.”

Dec 05, 2016

Slaughter & Rees Report: “Mr. President, You Are Mistaken, Sir”

Slaughter and Rees offer three important reasons why President-elect Trump's browbeating of U.S.-based companies like Carrier is a misguided approach to rebuilding jobs in America. 

Dec 05, 2016

Not All Immigrant Labor Is Cheap Labor

Cites the paper, “High-Skilled Immigration and the Rise of STEM Occupations in U.S. Employment,” co-authored by Dean Matthew Slaughter in an article challenging the narrative that visas let foreigners take Americans’ jobs at lower wages. “The study shows that the average foreign worker in science and technology jobs starts out making only slightly less than American-born workers—about 94 cents on the dollar,” writes The Atlantic. “But after working in the United States for five years, the average foreign STEM worker earns $1.04 for every dollar their American colleagues make.”

Nov 30, 2016

Slaughter & Rees Report: Modi Delivers Demonetization

“India is indeed a country on the move under bold leadership,” say Slaughter & Rees in response to Prime Minister Modi’s recent announcement banning the use of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.

Nov 28, 2016

P Namperumalsamy: The Visionary Who Steers Aravind Eye Care

Quotes Vijay Govindarajan in a feature article about Aravind Eye Care’s assembly-line approach to surgery. “Aravind Eye Care operates with a social heart and a business brain,” says Govindarajan. “They have the heart of a non-profit and the brain of a for-profit, apply modern management methods to dramatically lower costs while delivering world-class healthcare.”

Nov 21, 2016

Here’s Why Military Veterans Are Flocking to Elite U.S. Business Schools

Quotes Punam Anand Keller about Tuck's Next Step: Transition to Business program, which is designed for veterans and elite athletes looking to make a move into the business world. “The goal is to help our participants focus strengths, translate experiences, and identify opportunities so they can land the excellent jobs they absolutely deserve,” says Keller.

Nov 21, 2016

Slaughter & Rees Report: The Only Flame In Town

Other world leaders are not camped with TV cameras outside the Trump Tower to glimpse which possible cabinet members are coming and going. They are working with alacrity to build a better tomorrow for their citizens and for the broader world.

Nov 21, 2016

Cyrus Mistry Fiasco: Acid Test for Brand Tata’s Business Basics

Quotes Vijay Govindarajan about the problems facing Tata Group after the controversial dismissal of Cyrus Mistry as chairman of Tata Sons Limited. "First, the Tata group is always known for management excellence despite being family-owned. That is why the current leadership crisis stands out as an anomaly," says Govindarajan. "Second, this incident raises fundamental issues of corporate governance that all Indian companies must address going forward. Third and perhaps the most important is the distraction this crisis is causing at a time when the Tata group has to contend with many challenges like Brexit or the most recent US elections that have cast globalization in a different light. The last thing they need is a crisis at the top."

Nov 18, 2016

Trump Allies Urge Fed to Cut Balance Sheet and Revive Credit

Quotes Peter Fisher about how the Fed should allow its balance sheet to shrink by not reinvesting the proceeds of debts it holds when they mature—encouraging banks to lend more. “He said outright asset sales by the Fed would not be a good idea now, given the steepening of the yield curve that has already taken place in the wake of Trump’s election victory,” writes Bloomberg.

Nov 15, 2016

The Scary Truth About Corporate Survival

Quotes Vijay Govindarajan about the working paper, “Strategy When Creative Destruction Accelerates,” co-authored with Anup Srivastava. Govindarajan and Srivastava show that organizations are failing faster than they used to as company assets shift from tangible to abstract. “Creative destruction has always been a force to be reckoned with, but in the physical world, the cycles were longer,” Govindarajan says. “In the technology-based sectors, the cycles have accelerated.”

Nov 15, 2016

Slaughter & Rees Report: Confident Humility and Empathy

"There remains a wide range of post-election thoughts and feelings here in our Tuck community and far beyond. At times like these, empathy can be especially useful," say Slaughter & Rees.

Nov 14, 2016

An Uncertain Political Future for U.S. Trade Policy

As a guest on Marketplace, Dean Matthew Slaughter discusses how trade policies in America may shift amidst the outcome of the presidential election. “It’s been true for decades in America that whether we’ve had Republican or Democratic presidents and Congresses, there’s been a sufficient set of people in Washington that voice the argument for why trade—and globalization more broadly—do benefit America overall, on average,” explains Slaughter. “Those arguments still hold true in terms of the data, and yet for a set of reasons, the primary of which is so many people worrying about their jobs and their own personal income, for good reason, those arguments are not carrying the day.”

Nov 09, 2016