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  • Is Uber Strangling the Restaurant Business?

    Restauranteurs are reporting increasing difficulty in attracting and retaining servers because apps like Uber and Lyft offer another option for entry-level workers. Yale SOM’s Jiwoong Shin and his co-authors took advantage of the sudden departure and return of ridesharing in Austin, Texas, to understand its effect on restaurants.

    Uber cars lined up at an airport
  • Customer Data Can Reveal Revenue Fraud at Supplier Firms

    Yale SOM’s Frank Zhang and his co-authors used publicly available information from suppliers and customers to zero in on the firms that were more likely to be cooking the books.

    An illustration of an accountant looking at financial printouts with a magnifying glass
  • Can Industrial Policy Help Revive Struggling Regions?

    A new paper co-authored by Yale SOM’s Cameron LaPoint looks at an effort in 1980s Japan to narrow economic inequalities between geographic regions, in order to understand the potential impact of the similar U.S. CHIPS and Science Act, enacted in 2022.

    President Joe Biden with a quantum computer during a tour of an IBM facility in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 2022.
  • Going the Last Mile (with Evidence)

    A study by Yale’s Mushfiq Mobarak and his colleagues found that nurses on motorbikes with vaccine-stocked coolers could help increase vaccination rates in rural Sierra Leone, showing that it is possible to get health interventions to the most remote and under-resourced areas cost-effectively, in ways that help ensure that the interventions are taken up and used.

    A motorcycle carrying vaccine supplies along a dirt road
  • What Happens When Unions Bargain for Social Justice?

    In a new study, Yale SOM’s James Baron and Daniel Julius examine the wave of unionization in museums, where workers often bring social-justice concerns to the bargaining table.

    Museum staff picket in front of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts
  • Can ChatGPT Accelerate Social Science Research? 

    Yale SOM’s Balázs Kovács and his co-authors spent years designing a computer-based method to measure “typicality.” In a new study, they found that ChatGPT could duplicate their results at a fraction of the cost.

    An illustration of researchers watching a robot write on a blackboard
  • El Salvador Adopted Bitcoin as an Official Currency; Salvadorans Mostly Shrugged

    In an effort to boost financial inclusion, El Salvador made Bitcoin an official currency and offered incentives for adopting it. A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s David Argente and Diana Van Patten found that a lack of trust caused use of the cryptocurrency to fall off quickly.

    A Bitcoin ATM in San Salvador in 2021. 
  • Are U.S. Cities Preparing for the Flooding to Come?

    A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Anya Nakhmurina uses a novel method to track local efforts to prepare for climate change, and shows that many of the U.S. cities most at risk are behind in adopting adaptation measures.

    A person walking through a flooded street
  • Teachers See Misbehavior from Black Students as More Blameworthy

    In order to isolate the role of race in teacher-student interactions, Prof. Jayanti Owens created videos using actors to depict misbehavior. She found that teachers are more likely to describe an incident with “blaming” language if the actor playing the misbehaving students is Black.

    Students of various races in a classroom
  • U.S. Government Regulators May Be Favoring Their Future Private-Sector Employers

    How does the “revolving door” between government and industry benefit firms? A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Ivana Katic finds that firms see a smoother regulatory process in the months before they hire a former regulator, suggesting that they may find favor via the promise of future employment.

    A person pushing through a revolving door decorated with the American flag and dollar signs