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Get on Track: The Value of Global Market Diversification

What can railroad bonds from 150 years ago teach us about globalization, portfolio diversification and the cost of financial market segmentation? At a time when markets are increasingly isolated globally and limit opportunities to invest abroad, new research examines what investors are willing to pay to gain access to investment in foreign markets

Mental Accounting: Debt, Financial Nihilism and the Comfortably Numb Effect

High student loan debt has a lingering psychological effect and changes price sensitivity — and spending habits — those with much debt become numb to the prodigious numbers they face on the balance sheet and tend to spend even more. Here’s how regulatory changes can help them face the numbers and keep them from getting insurmountable.

Cooking (and Uncooking) the Books: Corporate Financial Misreporting

After misstating earnings, which companies come clean? In the aftermath of major corporate scandal, Professor Justin Hopkins takes stock of employee stock option misreporting, disincentives to investigate misbehavior and constraints to integrity.

Innovation: Key to Any Green Policy

Ambitious and polarizing, the Green New Deal brought the climate discussion back to the fore of government debate. But federal policy is not the only driver of impact on this crucial challenge.

An Expensive Lesson in Economics: Trump and the WTO

In the midst of the China-U.S. trade dispute, international trade expert Peter Debaere discusses the ramifications of "President" Trump’s threats to leave the WTO.

Toward Adequate Housing for All

Darden Professors Frank Warnock and Veronica Cacdac Warnock bring their financial acumen to bear on one of the most pressing needs in the world — adequate housing.

Lopsided Growth: Can a Rising Tide Sink Some Boats?

Is it possible for economic growth to make some people worse off? If so, under what circumstances?

A ‘Game-Changing’ Election and the Likely Path Forward for Investors

Nick Sargen, a Darden lecturer and chief economist at Fort Washington Investment Advisors, published Global Shocks: An Investment Guide for Turbulent Markets, a book that offered advice on managing investments through periods of unexpected turmoil.

Work in the US: The Tenuous Present and Uncertain Future

Darden Professor Bob Bruner and Miller Center Senior Fellow Chris Lu discuss the future of work in the U.S. and the changes technology will continue to bring.