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May 08, 2015
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Each year in May you can count on the sun shining, flowers blooming, finals and the annual CHIDS End of Semester Get-Together!

May 08, 2015

A second month of slow job growth appears to further delay a looming interest-rate hike prescribed by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen six weeks ago. Smith School professor Peter Morici tells CNBC that such a hike risks pushing up the dollar and handicapping U.S. exports. Without a hike, prolonged slow growth means lackluster job creation below 2014 levels.

May 06, 2015

People like to have choices. But research shows that human brains have limits, and making too many decisions over the course of a day can wear down a person’s self-control. Smith professor Nicole M. Coomber has created a simple framework that can help people guard against decision fatigue. She says people must consider at least four things: values, automation, rationality and intuition.

May 06, 2015

Tesla, the electric-car company and Silicon Valley darling, has announced it would be selling new battery systems for homes and businesses. Is this the first step in an energy storage revolution, as some think? Less grandly, can it help the $29-billion company eventually turn a profit? Smith School professors Rajshree Agarwal and Charles E. Olson share insights.

May 06, 2015
World Class Faculty & Research

Smith School executive-in-residence Bill Longbrake says the Greece crisis can be viewed in the short term as a skunk at the party – the party being new optimism in the European Union. But in the longer view, Longbrake says Greece is a canary in the coal mine. “Its condition and crisis is the direct result of deeply embedded flaws in the European Union," he writes in the monthly Longbrake Letter.

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