A Gangster Has Many Faces
- UC-Berkeley economist Edward Miguel explores how corruption and violence keep certain countries mired in poverty.
Where Credit Is Due
- Stanford economist Jonathan Levin began investigating subprime lending in 2004—before it became front-page news.
Looking for the Virtuous Cycle
- Esther Duflo and her MIT colleagues are waging a war on poverty.
Cracking the CEO Pay Puzzle
- Why has executive compensation exploded in recent years? New York University’s Xavier Gabaix gives one answer.
- The economics of assassination might surprise you as much as they did Harvard's Ben Olken.
- MIT’s Iván Werning uses theoretical models to find the best economic policies on estate taxes and unemployment insurance, writes CAREN CHESLER.
- At 28, Berkeley economist Raj Chetty aligns theories with real-world facts, leading him to surprising conclusions on taxes, investing, and welfare.
- A child of violence and poverty, ROLAND FRYER of Harvard goes where other economists fear to tread.
A Bettor World
- Once apprenticed to a bookie, Justin Wolfers of Wharton now draws economic insight from the behavior of gamblers.
- Kate Bundorf is a doctor with an unusual patient: America’s healthcare economy.