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How U.S. Fortunes Rise With Climbing Oil Prices

Blame Russia and OPEC for rising energy prices. Or thank them. Smith School professor Charles E. Olson says the United States will benefit overall as oil approaches $70 per barrel.

Apr 25, 2018
Three Steps To Return To 'Africa Rising'

For much of the past two decades, the overarching economic theme in sub-Saharan Africa has been "Africa Rising." But growth has slowed since then.

Apr 17, 2018
Improve Flood Relief and Recovery

With natural disasters occurring more frequently, a deeper understanding of emergency preparedness has become increasingly critical. Smith School professor Niratcha "Grace" Tungtisanont focuses on flood recovery in her new research.

Mar 24, 2018
Intervene When Justice Isn't Fair

Strict enforcement of the law sometimes rewards dirty-dealing and hypocrisy, which bothered T. Leigh Anenson as a litigator. Her new book, "Judging Equity: The Fusion of Unclean Hands in U.S. Law," explores a safety valve in the legal system designed to correct injustice.

Mar 03, 2018
Solar Panel Tariff Treads a Dangerous Path

Protectionism breeds high prices and diminishing choices for consumers, the Smith School's Gary Cohen says in a recent appearance on Sirius XM POTUS — part of a string of recent interviews on trade policy.

Jan 29, 2018
Is It Time To Rethink 2 Percent Inflation?

What happens when the two key pieces of economic data suggest different paths for U.S. interest rates? That's the situation playing out now as the Federal Reserve maps its course. The Smith School's Robert J. Windle explains. 

Jan 09, 2018
Why Saudi Aramco’s IPO Might Never Happen

Speculation is swirling about the world's largest oil company. But the Smith School's Charles Olson says there is increasing evidence that an initial public offering isn't actually going to happen.

Nov 13, 2017
Inside Elon Musk's Superspeed Vision

Smith School professors David A. Kirsch and Brent Goldfarb examine the feasibility of futuristic plans for a 600 mph hyperloop between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

Oct 26, 2017
Why Nobody Wins with the Bombardier Tariff

At first blush, the federal government's decision this week to slap a steep, 220 percent tariff on Bombardier's C-Series jets probably looks like a win for U.S. aerospace giant Boeing Co.

Sep 29, 2017