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  •  Despite years of devastating flooding and hurricanes, the number of Americans with flood insuran...
    In the face of increasing disaster-related property damage, fewer people are still purchasing the necessary insurance policies. As such, Prof. Carolyn Kousky has advocated for policies that make it harder to drop the expenses in the first place. 
  • Image: Voting key, symbolizing the growing connection between elections and technology. Source: N...
    Professor Lorin Hitt’s PPI research into the voter technology market was cited in an article discussing the vulnerabilities and concerns that these businesses pose to American democracy. The article highlights the near monopoly holds that these organizations hold int the tightening marketplace and the barriers this places on transparency and oversight. 
  • Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Professor of Law
    Amidst the recent buzz around breaking up large tech companies, Professor Herbert Hovenkamp comments on how suits may not be brought by regulators unless they know they can win.
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Cary Coglianese
    In a discussion on Philadelphia’s recent cash-less policy ban, Professor Cary Coglianese said, “Concerns about equitable treatment — namely, ensuring access to services to all individuals, regardless of their economic status or access to banking services — should presumably apply even more strongly to the public’s interaction with their government.”
  • Lisa Servon
    In an article discussing the disparity of access and use to credit cards between white consumers and black adults, the authors cite Professor Lisa Servon’s argument against recent Congressional bills focused on regulating interest rates, which she reasons actually hurt the individuals it was designed to protect.
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Rachel M. Werner
    In an interview with Professor Rachel Werner, she magnanimously speaks to experience of being the first female and physician-economist to be appointed as Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. She hopes to leverage her dual academic background to greater facilitate interdisciplinary approaches to current health care issues. 
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel
    Professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel discusses the burgeoning application and use of AI technology in health care but urges that a refocusing on the behavioral hazards of modern life is necessary for tangible improvements in net American health. 
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Laura W. Perna
    According to research by Penn GSE Professor Laura Perna, data shows that inequalities continue to persist in higher education that uniquely disadvantage students of the lowest income brackets. However, the Perna argues that this presents a unique oppertunity for federal and state lawmakers to design new policies that help support low-income, first generation, and differently abled students.
  • John C. Hower Professor, Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, Professor Kartik Ho...
    As robots continue to replace physical jobs, Wharton Professor Kartik Hosanager comments on how computers developed to understand languages may represent an early encroachment on more creative industries such as medicine and the law
  •    Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Barbara E. Kahn
    Wharton Professor Barbara Kahn provides a multifaceted breakdown of Amazon’s current financial success. She highlights elements such as its multi-sector ubiquity, apparent transparency, and discreet focus on data operations. 
  • George W. Taylor Professor; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources
    Wharton Professor Peter Cappelli comments on PTO exchanges, or a new system where employees can trade in the monetary value of their vacation days in exchange for compensation to pay off student debts. Cappelli notes how strategies such as this one are creative solutions to deal with an ever tightening labor market. 
  • Associate Professor of Management, Professor Minyuan Zhao
    Wharton Professor Minyuan Zhao comments on the ensuing “trade war” and argues that the core issue is one of domestic politics. Zhao reasons that the underlying motivating mechanisms driving the conflict is one centered around Trump’s re-election interests amongst other things. 
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Kevin Werbach
    Wharton Professor Kevin Werbach joins other scholars in a discussion on 5G technology and whether or not it will fulfill its purported promises. Considerations such as its implications on productivity, innovation, and rural reach all make a review of the new wireless technology a rich and fascinating subject.
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Tom Baker
    Read about Penn Law Professor Tom Baker’s research on the challenges of regulating the automated advice industry. Amongst these difficulties, Baker cites conflict of interests, poorly tailored laws and more. 
  • Dr. Christina Roberto
    Penn Med Professor Christina Roberto’s research found that in Philadelphia and Baltimore “Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages is one of the most effective policy strategies to reduce the purchase of these unhealthy drinks. It is a public health no-brainer and a policy win-win.”
  • Peter Conti-Brown
    Professor Peter Conti-Brown is a cited in an discussion on the recent complications experienced by the Trump administration to staff the Federal Reserve. Brown comments “Republicans still wish to see the Fed as a place where serious work is done by credible Republicans.”
  • Ioana Marinescu
    Professor Ioana Marinescu’s research into monopsony influence in the US was cited in an article discussing the growing market power of America’s biggest firms and the potential explanations for this phenomenon.
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Gilles Duranton
    Professor Gilles Duranton comments on the future of ride-hailing apps and the inevitability of increased rates in order to make companies such as Uber and Lyft more sustainable, viable, and profitable.
  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Gilles Duranton
    In a paper published by Wharton Professor Gilles Duranton, he discusses his findings that suggest how congestion pricing may not relieve India’s urban mobility issue. His research found that other complications such as poor road conditions and city design infringe on the mobility of cars – irregardless of the amount of traffic. 
  • Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion in fines imposed last week by regulators over accusations of over...
    Wharton Professor David Zaring discusses the implications of the $1 billion dollar fine levied on Wells Fargo and whether or not it is a sufficient value to function as a deterrent for future malpractices in big banks
  • Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Ethics, Professor David Zaring

    Wharton’s John Paul MacDuffie and David Zaring join the Knowledge@Wharton broadcast to discuss Volkswagen’s ongoing emissions cheating scandal. Both MacDuffie and Zaring indicate that the cause of the ongoing situation is company greed.

  • Penn Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate, Professor Olivia S. Mitchell
    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 ...
    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)
  • Patrick T. Harker Professor, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Department Chair ...
    Could algorithms collude on prices? Wharton Professor Joseph Harrington argues that it is difficult to determine based on the limited technical knowledge of algorithms. He also suggests that “algorithms will need to be tested in more advanced and complex environments” to see their impacts on pricing.
  • John C. Hower Professor, Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions, Professor Kartik Ho...
    Kartik Hosanagar discusses Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan to regulate giant tech companies. Warren proposes that companies will not be able to use their platforms to market their products and services. Hosanagar proposes that to regulate big tech companies, one must address consumer protection and “platform-oriented organizations”.
  • Richard A. Sapp Professor, Professor of Management, Professor David Hsu

    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...
    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.
  • Professor Lisa Servon
    Professor Lisa Servon provides an insightful meditation on the human issues that stand behind a recent push for Philadelphia to ban cashless stores. She juxtaposes her own financial stability with her customers from RiteCheck to show how a reliance on cash is a symptom of a larger system of economic disenfranchisement faced by many Americans. 
  • James G. Dinan University Professor, Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, Professor ...

    Wharton Professor Herbert Hovenkamp discusses Elizabeth Warren’s proposal, which intends to break up Big Tech firms. Hovenkamp argues that Warren’s proposal fails to distinguish between “..who is being harmed and who is benefiting. Furthermore, he suggests that her plan may “…raise consumer prices and consumer variety”.

  • Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Director of Penn Program on ...

    Penn Law Professor Cary Coglianese explains Trump’s claim of curtailing the number of business regulations than any other president. Coglianese argues that Trump’s claim can be beneficial for both himself and Democrats.

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  • <h3>National Bureau of Economic Research (Public Use Data Archive)</h3><p><img width="180" height="43" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/43/478_nber.rev.1407530465.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image478 lw_align_right" data-max-w="329" data-max-h="79"/>Founded in 1920, the <strong>National Bureau of Economic Research</strong> is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.</p><p> Quick Link to <strong>Public Use Data Archive</strong>: <a href="http://www.nber.org/data/" target="_blank">http://www.nber.org/data/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>NOAA National Climatic Data Center</h3><p><img width="200" height="198" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image483 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/200/height/198/483_noaa_logo.rev.1407788692.jpg 3x" data-max-w="954" data-max-h="945"/>NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation’s treasure of <strong>climate and historical weather data and information</strong>.</p><p> Quick link to home page: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/</a></p><p> Quick link to NCDC’s climate and weather datasets, products, and various web pages and resources: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/quick-links" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/quick-links</a></p><p> Quick link to Text & Map Search: <a href="http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/" target="_blank">http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/cdo-web/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED®)</h3><p><strong><img width="180" height="79" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/79/481_fred-logo.rev.1407788243.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image481 lw_align_right" data-max-w="222" data-max-h="97"/>An online database consisting of more than 72,000 economic data time series from 54 national, international, public, and private sources.</strong> FRED®, created and maintained by Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, goes far beyond simply providing data: It combines data with a powerful mix of tools that help the user understand, interact with, display, and disseminate the data.</p><p> Quick link to data page: <a href="http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/tags/series" target="_blank">http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/tags/series</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Federal Aviation Administration: Accident & Incident Data</h3><p><img width="100" height="100" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image80 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/100/height/100/80_faa-logo.rev.1402681347.jpg 3x" data-max-w="550" data-max-h="550"/>The NTSB issues an accident report following each investigation. These reports are available online for reports issued since 1996, with older reports coming online soon. The reports listing is sortable by the event date, report date, city, and state.</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/" target="_blank">http://www.faa.gov/data_research/accident_incident/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>MapStats</h3><p> A feature of FedStats, MapStats allows users to search for <strong>state, county, city, congressional district, or Federal judicial district data</strong> (demographic, economic, and geographic).</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/" target="_blank">http://www.fedstats.gov/mapstats/</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>HUD State of the Cities Data Systems</h3><p><strong><img width="200" height="200" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/200/height/200/482_hud_logo.rev.1407788472.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image482 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/200/height/200/482_hud_logo.rev.1407788472.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/200/height/200/482_hud_logo.rev.1407788472.jpg 3x" data-max-w="612" data-max-h="613"/>The SOCDS provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs.</strong> It is a portal for non-national data made available through a number of outside institutions (e.g. Census, BLS, FBI and others).</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/socds.html" target="_blank">http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/socds.html</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Congressional Budget Office</h3><p><img width="180" height="180" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/180/380_cbo-logo.rev.1406822035.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image380 lw_align_right" data-max-w="180" data-max-h="180"/>Since its founding in 1974, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has produced independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process.</p><p> The agency is strictly nonpartisan and conducts objective, impartial analysis, which is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates that its economists and policy analysts produce each year. CBO does not make policy recommendations, and each report and cost estimate discloses the agency’s assumptions and methodologies. <strong>CBO provides budgetary and economic information in a variety of ways and at various points in the legislative process.</strong> Products include baseline budget projections and economic forecasts, analysis of the President’s budget, cost estimates, analysis of federal mandates, working papers, and more.</p><p> Quick link to Products page: <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/about/our-products" target="_blank">http://www.cbo.gov/about/our-products</a></p><p> Quick link to Topics: <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/topics" target="_blank">http://www.cbo.gov/topics</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>The World Bank Data (U.S.)</h3><p><img width="130" height="118" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image484 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/130/height/118/484_world-bank-logo.rev.1407788945.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1406" data-max-h="1275"/>The <strong>World Bank</strong> provides World Development Indicators, Surveys, and data on Finances and Climate Change.</p><p> Quick link: <a href="http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-states" target="_blank">http://data.worldbank.org/country/united-states</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>USDA Nutrition Assistance Data</h3><p><img width="180" height="124" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image485 lw_align_right" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/180/height/124/485_usda_logo.rev.1407789238.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1233" data-max-h="850"/>Data and research regarding the following <strong>USDA Nutrition Assistance</strong> programs are available through this site:</p><ul><li>Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) </li><li>Food Distribution Programs </li><li>School Meals </li><li>Women, Infants and Children </li></ul><p> Quick link: <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/data-and-statistics" target="_blank">http://www.fns.usda.gov/data-and-statistics</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>National Center for Education Statistics</h3><p><strong><img width="400" height="80" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/400/height/80/479_nces.rev.1407787656.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image479 lw_align_right" data-max-w="400" data-max-h="80"/>The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.</strong> NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences. NCES has an extensive Statistical Standards Program that consults and advises on methodological and statistical aspects involved in the design, collection, and analysis of data collections in the Center. To learn more about the NCES, <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/about/" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p><p> Quick link to NCES Data Tools: <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/datatools/index.asp?DataToolSectionID=4" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/datatools/index.asp?DataToolSectionID=4</a></p><p> Quick link to Quick Tables and Figures: <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/quicktables/" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/quicktables/</a></p><p> Quick link to NCES Fast Facts (Note: The primary purpose of the Fast Facts website is to provide users with concise information on a range of educational issues, from early childhood to adult learning.): <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/" target="_blank">http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/#</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>Internal Revenue Service: Tax Statistics</h3><p><img width="155" height="200" alt="" src="/live/image/gid/4/width/155/height/200/486_irs_logo.rev.1407789424.jpg" class="lw_image lw_image486 lw_align_left" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/155/height/200/486_irs_logo.rev.1407789424.jpg 2x" data-max-w="463" data-max-h="596"/>Find statistics on business tax, individual tax, charitable and exempt organizations, IRS operations and budget, and income (SOI), as well as statistics by form, products, publications, papers, and other IRS data.</p><p> Quick link to <strong>Tax Statistics, where you will find a wide range of tables, articles, and data</strong> that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system: <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2" target="_blank">http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Stats-2</a></p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>
  • <h3>The Penn World Table</h3><p> The Penn World Table provides purchasing power parity and national income accounts converted to international prices for 189 countries/territories for some or all of the years 1950-2010.</p><p><a href="https://pwt.sas.upenn.edu/php_site/pwt71/pwt71_form.php" target="_blank">Quick link.</a> </p><p>See all <a href="/data-resources/">data and resources</a> »</p>