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Technology and Innovation

Why do we no longer expect large step-changes in economic growth? Why have we become complacent with predictable and incremental changes in technologies and business models? Our research reclaims the sense of wonder and optimism that has been the foundation of our greatest discoveries and achievements.
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Environmental Stewardship

How do we effectively conserve and protect America’s treasured landscapes and natural resources? Can we better encourage the protection of endangered species, clean our air and water, and preserve scenic sites across the country? Our research explores how cooperative and incentive-based approaches are crucial to achieving better environmental outcomes.
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Does our current immigration system set the United States up for social and economic success? Today, more than 44 million immigrants live in the US, and each year about one million more enter. They bring their hopes, dreams, and shared prosperity. Our immigration research details how immigrants contribute to the growth and development of the US.
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We connect academic entrepreneurs with the challenges of today

We do this by exploring the way key institutions in society — business, government, and community — ignite economic growth and increase opportunity for everyone to improve their lives.

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Keeping a Clean Reputation: More Evidence on the Perverse Effects of Disclosure

1 Introduction Lawyers, financial advisors, doctors, and other agents are said to have conflicts of interest if their personal motivation is at odds with their professional responsibilities to serve their clients (Boatright, 2000a,b). While there are various policies in place requiring disclosure of conflicts of interest, survey literature reveals such…

Reducing a Barrier to Entry: The 120/150 CPA Licensing Rule

Introduction With nearly one-third of US jobs now requiring a government-granted license (Kleiner and Krueger 2010), it is not surprising that research has increasingly focused on the effects of licensing requirements. Occupations examined include barbers (Timmons and Thornton 2010; Hall and Pokharel 2016), radiologic technologists (Timmons and Thornton 2008), nurse…
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