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  • U.S. health officials announced on Thursday that they hope the study will reduce opioid-related o... April 19 US investigates ways to combat opioid crises

    Debate escalating over the effects of Trump’s NAFTA deal; U.S. launches four-state, $350 million study on ways to combat opioid deaths; Housing starts fall to a near 2-year low. 

  • DC Events

    Professor Arthur van Benthem teaching May10  Designing Successful Carbon Markets 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location: Russell Senate Office Building - 188
    There are several market-based approaches that might be employed to control pollution and promote energy and environmental policy goals. This session by Professor Arthur van Benthem will examine the economic challenges and merits of those approaches, with a particular emphasis on the design of cap-and-trade schemes.
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Olivia S. Mitchell April 17 Lump-sum Pension Payments: Who Are the Winners and Losers?

    In light of the US Treasury Department’s announcement sanctioning corporate lump sum pension pay outs for employees, Wharton Professor Olivia Mitchell discusses the benefits it serves for companies and the potential risks it posses for employees. 

  • How much should a thing cost? This simple question is a politically vexing one, whether the cost ... April 16 Can fintech increase lending? How courts are undermining financial inclusion

    Wharton Professor Peter Conti-Brown provides a historical conversation aimed at answering how laws and the court system have informed the polarizing question of “how much should credit cost?”(especially for those that are the most socially and financially disadvantaged in society)

  • Richard A. Sapp Professor, Professor of Management, Professor David Hsu April 9 Lyft, the Perpetual No. 2, Gets Its Moment in the Spotlight

    Wharton Professor David Hsu analyzes Lyft becoming a publicly traded company. Unlike Uber, Hsu argues that Lyft did not make the same operational mistakes and “…positioned themselves as the anti-Uber.”

  • Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management, Professor of Business Economics and Publ... April 9 Could Universal Health Care Work in the U.S.?

    Wharton Professor Mark V. Pauly joins the Knowledge@Wharton broadcast to discuss Bernie Sanders’s proposed “Medicare for All” plan. He argues that there is not enough evidence to suggest that a national health insurance program would work in the United States. Furthermore, Pauly implies that Senator Sanders’s proposed “Medicare for All” plan is dependent upon providing cost-effective care.