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April 26, 2022
New Study Shows Social Capital as Key Driver of Small Business
A community’s social capital – the level of trust and cooperation among residents – is conventionally associated with the likes of higher SAT scores and less youth violence. But a new study drawn from Payment Protection Program (PPP) and U.S. Census data shows that the same metric also correlates…
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April 22, 2022
The Twitter Bots that Boost Tesla
Amid Elon Musk’s successful $44 billion bid to buy Twitter this week, there’s no denying the value the social media platform has brought to one of the world’s richest person’s other companies, 240 characters at a time. Tesla’s sky-high valuation—over $1 trillion—is linked to the electric car maker’…
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April 19, 2022
Economics of Cybersecurity Deep Dive

By Pratima Harigunani

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April 7, 2022
3 Keys to Addressing Bias in Health Data and Algorithms and Why it Matters

Underserved and marginalized populations in the United States and across the world have long suffered from unequal access to the basic human need of healthcare based on factors that should not be relevant: race, gender, ethnicity, geographic location and income, says Maryland Smith’s

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April 6, 2022
Inflation’s Root Cause and Downside of a ‘Windfall Profits Tax’

The consumer price index’s 7.9 percent increase over the past year “is excessive inflation” and “primarily the result of unnecessary fiscal stimulus ($1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act)” that has been “bolstered by excessively accommodative monetary policy by the…

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March 29, 2022
Insuring Against Cyber Breaches
The cost of a data breach can be a crippling expense for companies and a looming threat. The world record for the largest payout for a ransomware demand, made by an insurance company this year, now stands at $40 million. That’s why it’s so important for companies to figure out how much they should…
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March 29, 2022
A Tax-Day Lowdown from Smith’s Sam Handwerger
After two years of COVID-caused disruption, tax season this year ends after the traditional, April 15 statutory date – but with more extensions for some people, and they are not COVID-related. 
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March 14, 2022
White House Call for Labor Reforms Extensively Cites Research by Smith’s Evan Starr
Though ‘increased worker leverage from a tight labor market’ frequently is part of the national narrative surrounding the COVID-era economy, a study recently announced by the U.S. Treasury asserts anti-competitive labor practices have forced down wages and worsened working conditions, costing…
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March 10, 2022
How to Avoid Falling for a Con
Are you at risk of falling for a scammer? Maryland Smith’s Jui Ramaprasad has advice for how to avoid becoming a victim of, say, a swindler on a dating platform or a fake German heiress.
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March 10, 2022
A Fluid Situation
Banking Bans More Likely Than Oil, Vodka Boycotts to Influence Russia’s Ukraine Stance
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