Innovation

The Economic and Social Implications of Racial Disparities: A Webinar With Lisa Cook

Michigan State University professor Lisa Cook joined Princeton’s Bendheim Center for Finance to discuss how violence impacts innovation, as well as the...

High-Priced Acquisitions of Tech Startups Do Not Always Stimulate More Innovation

What seems to be a big reward to innovation ultimately reduces the incentive to innovate, argues a new Stigler Center working paper by Krishna...

Are “Patent Trolls” Stick-Up Artists or Just Benign Middlemen?

A new study explores the dual effect that non-practicing entities, commonly known as patent trolls, have on innovation and the market of ideas. The discussion...

Inside Tech’s “Kill Zone”: How to Deal With the Threat to Edge Innovation Posed by Multi-Sided Platforms

Dominant tech platforms can exploit the vast amounts of user data available only to them to squash startups and independent providers. Hal...

Google and Facebook’s “Kill Zone”: “We've Taken the Focus Off of Rewarding Genius and Innovation to Rewarding Capital and Scale”

A Stigler Center panel explores the implications of tech giants’ dominance on innovation and startups. Earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joined a growing...

The Motives of “Joiners” Explain Higher Rates of Innovation in Startup Firms

It’s not just the founders of startups who boast an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to take risks. Those who join new ventures show...

Are Innovators Born or Made?

The question of whether people are born with innovative talent or can develop it has knock-on effects to issues ranging from productivity growth in...

America's "Lost Einsteins" Are Dealing a Blow to Innovation

A new paper finds that America is full of "lost Einsteins" among women, minorities, and low-income groups: high performers who never become inventors because...

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Corruption, lobbying, corporate malfeasance, and frauds: a weekly unconventional selection of must-read articles by investigative journalist Bethany McLean. 

“50 Years Later, It’s Time to Reassess”: Raghuram Rajan on Milton Friedman and Maximizing Shareholder Value

The biggest problem with shareholder value maximization is that it completely turns a tin ear to politics. The alternative is to maximize...

It Is Time to Move on From Friedman’s View of the Corporation

The anti-CSR position defended by Friedman would be acceptable only under conditions that have never been met by any real-world economy. Furthermore,...

Corporations Are Already Plenty Powerful. Stakeholder Capitalism Could Make Them More So

Encouraging corporations to further step into the role of governments and civil society groups by becoming more "socially focused" risks greater depreciation...

The Real Effects of Environmental Activist Investing

A new study examines the efficacy of climate-focused investor engagements initiated by the New York City Pension System. Its findings support the...