Taken to an Extreme, Gerrymandering Could Lead to a One-Sided Congress
A new study by Yale SOM’s Kai Hao Yang and Alexander Zentefis finds that partisan gerrymandering, pushed to the limit, could exclude the views of half the country from the legislative process.
Real-Time Placement Odds Can Smooth the School Choice Process
Some families going through the school placement process overestimate their chances of getting into their top choices, and fail to match at any school as a result. Warnings about the placement odds at top schools can dramatically reduce non-placements.
Religious Nursing Homes Have More Severe Violations of Care Standards than Secular Ones. Why?
The homes’ strong internal identity means that wrongdoing is less likely to be flagged for an outside regulator’s involvement, allowing problems to worsen, suggests new research co-authored by Yale SOM’s Amandine Ody-Brasier.
Perceptions of Shifts in Public Opinion Are Wildly Off Base
People greatly overestimate how conservative people were in the past, leading to an exaggerated impression of liberal progress, according to a study by Yale SOM’s Jason Dana and Adam Mastroianni of Columbia Business School.
Multinationals Can Have a Positive Local Impact—If They Face Enough Competition for Labor
The United Fruit Company had a reputation for manipulating governments and exploiting workers in Latin America. But Yale SOM’s Diana Van Patten found that in some areas, competition for workers led it to invest in local infrastructure, with long-lasting positive impacts.
Wastewater Can Reveal How Many of Us Have Gotten COVID-19
New research based on data on COVID-19 RNA in sewage suggests that many more people had been infected with COVID-19 by May 2021 than official case counts indicated.
Competition from China Contributed to Decline in Union Organizing
New research co-authored by Yale SOM Dean Kerwin K. Charles shows that the rise in imports from China at the beginning of this century accelerated a long decline in union elections, by diminishing the benefits of unionization and increasing the risk.
Private Equity Investors Helped Stabilize Failed Banks During the Financial Crisis
A new study co-authored by Prof. Song Ma finds that during the financial crisis, private equity firms took on banks in poor health that other buyers didn’t want, and those banks performed relatively well under their new management.
What Sports Betting Teaches Us about Financial Markets
In a new paper, Tobias Moskowitz of Yale SOM finds that the sports betting market exhibits pricing patterns also seen in the stock market—suggesting that both may be subject to human irrationality.
Study: An Abundance of Media Fuels Polarization
Yale SOM’s Vahideh Manshadi and her co-authors built a model showing that faced with a flood of information, an individual tends to take in material that reinforces their existing beliefs.