Podcast episode Jan 13, 2021

The Big Tech Threat?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Eric Posner, Chad Syverson
The expanding market influence of tech companies has sparked new fear of an old economic...
Topics:  Technology & Innovation
Insight Jan 12, 2021

Student Loan Forgiveness Interactive Tool

Calls for student loan debt relief have intensified since the November 2020 presidential election, with...
Podcast episode Dec 31, 2020

The Pandemic Recession’s Gender Gap

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Yana Gallen, Heather Sarsons
Women suffered significantly in the early months of the current recession, raising important questions about...
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Podcast episode Dec 17, 2020

A Vaccine for Billions

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Michael Kremer, Canice Prendergast
The economic benefits of ending the COVID-19 pandemic even one day earlier are enormous. Michael...
Topics:  COVID-19, Health care
Research Brief

Are Bigger Banks Better? Firm-Level Evidence from Germany

Politicians, policymakers, and consumer groups in the United States and Europe have recently turned their attention to the increasing size of large tech companies and the market share that those firms capture. While attention is focused on tech giants, another industry is experiencing a similar phenomenon: large banks keep getting bigger. Despite the supposed systemic risk that such institutions pose, large banks continue to grow in size and influence. Despite dispensing bailouts and other rescue measures during episodic financial crises in recent decades, government agencies continue to allow—and in some cases encourage—such growth.
Research Brief

Discrimination, Managers, and Firm Performance: Evidence from “Aryanizations” in Nazi Germany

As many readers have likely experienced, the sudden loss of a key manager or executive can have a negative impact on a firm, whatever size. Now imagine a large loss of experienced and knowledgeable managers across a country’s economy. In such a case, one might expect aggregated negative effects, with the country suffering measurable negative economic outcomes.
Research Brief

The Distributional Effects of Student Loan Forgiveness

Throughout the 2020 US presidential campaign, increasing attention was paid to the staggering amount of student loan debt carried by current and former students, which reached $1.6 trillion. That number continues to rise, along with calls for the new administration to deliver some form of student loan forgiveness. At a time when many individuals, especially those with low to moderate incomes, are struggling during a pandemic-induced recession, student debt forgiveness is viewed as both fair to individuals and important for economic growth.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Podcast episode Dec 3, 2020

Pre-existing Confusion: The US Health Insurance System

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Katherine Baicker, Matthew J. Notowidigdo, Stacy Lindau
The American health insurance system is complex, politically divisive, in need of reform, and facing...
Topics:  Health care, COVID-19