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How Connecticut Elevated Its Business Climate

Connecticut turned itself into a destination for new businesses by prioritizing business development and inviting input and help from the private sector, write Prof. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and three other leaders of AdvanceCT, the state’s business attraction and retention engine.

The Connecticut state capitol and the Hartford skyline
  • What Is the Impact of Trump’s Immigration Order?

    We asked Cristina Rodríguez of Yale Law School, whose research interests include immigration law and policy, to explain the consequences of President Donald Trump's April 22 proclamation on immigration during the COVID-19 crisis.

    New U.S. citizens at a ceremony in Salt Lake City in April 2019. Photo: George Frey/Getty Images.
  • Faculty Viewpoints: The Public Health Response

    In an online discussion, Yale faculty members discussed what’s missing from the public health response to COVID-19 and offered visions of the post-pandemic world.

    Drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Lake Elsinore, California, in March 2020. Photo: Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images.
  • Keeping a Close Eye on Local Governments’ Finances Can Improve How they Govern 

    Yale SOM’s Anya Nakhmurina found that fiscal monitoring policies, which require a state office to review local governments’ finances, boosted municipalities’ financial health and reduced corruption convictions of local officials.

    A city hall building
  • Can Big Data Fight a Pandemic?

    The COVID-19 crisis has intensified the debate over big data and privacy. Governments are pulling together data from public and private systems in order to predict and counter the spread of COVID-19. But setting aside privacy protections in a time of crisis could lead to new, permanent norms.

    An illustration of an eye made out of data with an image of the COVID-19 virus in the center
  • What Happens When a Billion Identities Are Digitized?

    The success of India’s Aadhaar, a biometrically secured national identification system, has ignited a debate over whether any entity, public or private, should have the ability to pool our full digital profiles.

    A woman having her eyes scanned at an Aadhaar registration office in Guwahati, India, in 2018. Photo: David Talukdar/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
  • Study Suggests That Local Chinese Officials Manipulate GDP

    A study by Yale SOM’s Frank Zhang suggests that local Chinese governments often push through projects without long-term economic value, or fabricate numbers outright, in order to meet GDP targets.

    A construction worker in China
  • Should We Worry about the Trillion-Dollar Deficit?

    We asked William English, a professor in the practice of finance and a former economist at the Federal Reserve, how the deficit and the ballooning national debt affect the economy and the ability of Congress and the Fed to fight future recessions.

    A pile of bound copies of the federal budget
  • Aspiring to Be the Next Silicon Valley? Think Twice

    A study by Yale SOM researchers suggests that when venture capital funding in a metropolitan area increases, industries with customers outside the region suffer and income inequality widens.

    Silicon Valley in evening
  • Should Government Run on Rules or Principles?

    Janhabi Nandy ’09, an official at the Treasury Board of Canada, makes the case that a nuanced, principle-based approach can make government more effective.

    Ottawa's Parliament Centre Block. Photo: Michael Runkel/Alamy Stock Photo.
  • How Meritocracy Worsens Inequality—and Makes Even the Rich Miserable

    Yale Law School’s Daniel Markovits argues that rather than democratizing American society, meritocracy has contributed to increasing inequality and the decline of the middle class.

    An illustration of people in business attire starting a race with one ahead of the others