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  • Does Big Tech Gobble Up Competitors?

    An executive order from President Joe Biden last month and a congressional report in October accused large technology firms of engaging in “killer acquisitions,” citing research by Yale SOM’s Florian Ederer.

    A crocodile with two fish in its mouth
  • A Pandemic Landscape of Optimism and Uncertainty

    Nationally, infection rates are close to their low point and many Americans are resuming their usual activities, but the more transmissible Delta variant is spreading and vaccinations are still low in some areas. We asked Yale SOM's Dr. Howard Forman where things stand now.

    A Centers for Disease Control graphic showing the level of community transmission of COVID-19 from June 29 through July 5, 2021. 
  • Can Congress Create Real Competition for Big Tech? 

    Last week, members of Congress from both parties introduced a series of bills to curtail the dominance of the major technology firms. We asked Prof. Fiona Scott Morton if the proposed legislation would help level the playing field.

    A group of apps for Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook in "jiggle mode," with delete buttons on each one
  • How Nudges Could Boost Vaccination Rates

    A study co-authored by Yale SOM’s James Choi tested a variety of text messages to prompt people to get flu vaccines, offering one potential tool to encourage those who aren’t rushing to get a COVID shot.

    A woman looking at her phone while walking
  • How COVID Has Worsened the Opioid Epidemic

    There is another epidemic we cannot lose sight of: the opioid epidemic, which has become only more acute in the United States and elsewhere amidst the disruptions and stress caused by COVID-19.

    Family members of people who died after taking fentanyl pills at a press conference in Los Angeles in February 2021. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images.
  • Is Bitcoin a Bubble?

    The price of a single Bitcoin is up more than 700% since the beginning of 2020, defying years of predictions of a crash. We asked Prof. Aleh Tsyvinski, professor of economics at Yale, to shed some light on the continuing phenomenon.

    Bitcoins floating in a bubble on a black background
  • A Peaceful Transfer of Power at Amazon

    We asked Yale SOM leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, author of a landmark study of CEO succession, how Amazon will be changed by the departure of its founder.

    Jeff Bezos at a press conference in 2012. Photo: J. Emilio Flores/Corbis via Getty Images.
  • Will the GameStop Rebellion Last?

    We asked Yale SOM’s Kelly Shue, an expert in behavioral economics and empirical corporate finance, to explain what the GameStop phenomenon might mean for the balance of power on Wall Street.

    A sign reading "check out these great deals" at a GameStop store
  • The Vaccines Bring Hope—and New Questions

    A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are a reality—and now we face the logistical and medical complications of inoculating a vast population while infection rages and the virus mutates. We asked Yale SOM’s Dr. Howard Forman, a public authority on the pandemic, for an update.

    A woman getting a vaccination
  • Did Congress Just Fix Surprise Medical Billing?

    A new federal law prevents patients from being billed by out-of-network doctors after being treated in an in-network hospital. We asked Prof. Fiona Scott Morton, whose research helped bring the practice to light, what the new law will mean for patients and healthcare costs.

    An emergency room in Moreno Valley, California, in May 2020. Photo: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images.