UMD Grand Challenges Grant Funds Work to Better Understand How Small Business Thrive

University of Maryland research shows small businesses thrive with high social connections, critical for funding and growth. A study involving over 70 Baltimore small-business owners highlights social capital's importance, revealing it influences financing more than local bank presence or income levels.

Finding Success and Supporting Others

Luming Yang, MFin ’19, has had several “mini-careers” since graduation.

Smith Faculty Leading, Collaborating in UMD Grand Challenges Projects

Robert H. Smith School of Business faculty members are engaged in three projects selected by the University of Maryland for Grand Challenges grants supporting research “to spur world-changing, interdisciplinary research and solutions."

Public Firms Are Not Shortsighted and Respond More to Investment Opportunities Than Do Private Firms

Many analysts of financial markets are concerned that financial markets provide managers with economically harmful incentives.

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 positively with business development.

Smith Master of Finance Rises to No. 2 in U.S.

The Master of Finance program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business climbed to No. 2 in the United States in a Financial Times report published on June 18, 2018. The Smith School debuted in the ranking at No. 4 in 2017. Overall, the school improved from No. 38 to No. 30 in the Financial Times annual report, which assigns scores in 17 performance categories. Only MIT Sloan School of Management ranked higher among U.S. programs.

Fearless Idea 28: Close the Gender Wage Gap

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — Something inequitable happens when men and women with similar jobs get laid off at the same time from the same companies, and then move to the same new employer. The gender wage gap — whatever it was before — widens during the transition. Only one factor helps to soften the outcome. A study co-authored by professor Liu Yang at the University of Maryland’s Robert H.

Closing the Gender Wage Gap

By Liu Yang SMITH BRAIN TRUST -- Executive orders from the White House in 2014 rekindled a decades-long debate about gender pay disparities that persist in corporate America. Some blame the gap on lingering workplace biases that protect the C suite as the domain of men. Others dismiss the problem as overstated, citing the choices that women often make to sacrifice career advancement in favor of family.

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Career setbacks hit U.S. women harder than men, but a new study from the Smith School provides clues for closing the gender pay gaps that persist in corporate America.

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