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Politics and Policy

Biden Should Go on Offense—Without Being Offensive

Yale leadership expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and his co-author Steven Tian argue that President Joseph Biden has a strong record of economic accomplishment, and he should tout that at the first presidential debate rather than rely on populist attacks on big business.

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  • Are Student Loans Worth It?

    We asked SOM’s Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham, whose current work focuses on assessing the costs and benefits of debtor protection policies and understanding the role that consumer debt plays in the macroeconomy, to put President Biden’s decision to forgive student debt in context.

    Graduates at California State University of Los Angeles's 2022 commencement ceremony in May 2022.
  • Leading after Roe

    Amanda Skinner ’08, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, discusses the consequences of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision for women’s health and economic lives, and for her organization.

    Pro-choice protesters outside a Planned Parenthood location in St. Louis in 2019.
  • 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.

    An illustration of a U.S. flag in the shape of the U.S. being carved up by red and blue hands with scalpels
  • 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.

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  • Businesses Staying in Russia Are Underperforming the Market

    A new analysis from Prof. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and his team suggests that the firms cutting ties with Russia are seeing markedly better shareholder returns.

    A young woman near the Kremlin on April 27, 2022.
  • What Does Putin Want?

    We asked Yale SOM’s Barry Nalebuff, an expert on game theory and negotiation, what it will take to find common ground and bring the war in Ukraine to an end.

    A mural of Vladimir Putin in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Government Can Be the Solution

    For investment banker Carol Samuels ’86, a key value is helping government make a difference in people’s lives, by applying financial tools and long-term thinking.

    The newly renovated Leodis V. McDaniel High School in Portland, Oregon.
  • A Year Later, Most CEOs Are Keeping Their Post-Insurrection Promises

    Recent news stories have asserted that corporate leaders are reneging on their pledges to withhold contributions to members of Congress who voted against certifying election results on January 6, 2021. But Yale SOM's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, who hosted one of the meetings where those pledges were made, writes that CEOs remain deeply troubled by threats to democracy, and that campaign records show that most corporate PACs aren't giving to election objectors.

    Senator Josh Hawley gestures to demonstrators as he enters the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
  • Controlling the Virus Is the Key to Reducing Inflation

    Yale SOM’s William English, a former economist at the Federal Reserve, explains the role of COVID-19 in the spike in prices, considers how policymakers can respond, and confronts the sheer uncertainty of the times.

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  • Without a Local Newspaper, Americans Pay Less Attention to Local Politics 

    Prof. Michael Sinkinson and his co-authors look back at when television, not the internet, was the new technology chipping away at newspaper circulation. They find that when readership diminished, engagement with local politics did too.

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