Despite red carpet, Trump agenda in Asia largely ignored

  As President Trump nears the end of his first trip to Asia, foreign policy experts are gauging the possible effect the 12-day long diplomatic tour will have on U.S. economic and political relations in the region. Annelise Riles, professor of far east legal studies and anthropology at Cornell University and the founder and director […]

Kids in tough neighborhoods face joblessness, lower income as adults

ITHACA, N.Y. – For decades researchers have known kids who grow up in disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely to face a slew of difficulties in childhood, from higher rates of teen pregnancy and health problems to less education. A new Cornell University study now shows a child’s neighborhood also impacts her economic well-being into adulthood. […]

Splits in GOP base make tax plan dead-on-arrival

After much debate and delays, congressional Republicans are scheduled to release their tax bill on Thursday. Elizabeth Sanders, professor of government at Cornell, studies economic regulations and political parties’ alignment. She says that disagreement on tax reform – as in the case of health care reform – is an indicator of how the Republican Party […]

In Asia Trump could learn subtleties of North Korean issue

This week President Trump will embark in his first visit to Asia, a 13-day trip with scheduled stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The trip is seen as a chance for the administration to clarify its stance on outstanding foreign policy issues in the region, such as the handling of North […]

Will Russia hearings reap regulations for social media giants?

Next week, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google as part of an ongoing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The tech giants will be asked about Kremlin-sponsored propaganda and misinformation on their platforms during last year’s campaign and their plans to prevent future interference. […]

Philly’s tax on soda made prices bubble up

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University economist John Cawley was at a research conference in Philadelphia when he happened upon a sweet natural experiment in the making. An expert in risky health behaviors linked to obesity, Cawley read a newspaper article about how an upcoming city tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would be challenging to implement in […]

NAFTA negotiations may hinge on dairy dispute

Dairy supply management has emerged as a singular turning point in negotiations over NAFTA. The issue is a complicated one, fueled by strong feelings on both sides of the border, and may ultimately end up sundering NAFTA altogether says Andrew Novakovic, an expert in dairy markets and professor of agricultural economics at the Charles H. […]

Non-Disclosure laws cover up decades of sexual harassment

Over the past few weeks dozens of women have come forward with accounts of sexual harassments or assaults by famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The allegations shed light on the widespread use of confidential agreement and internal arbitration systems – in Hollywood and other industries – to settle disputes and keep abuses out of the […]

Protectionist food aid shipping rules waste money, cost lives

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is scheduled to discuss ways to reform the Food for Peace Program, an international aid program introduced by President Eisenhower in 1954 which has developed to reach tens of millions of people in food-insecure regions every year. Economist Christopher Barrett, who is author of the award-winning Food Aid After Fifty […]

Netflix investors: When will revenue match content spending?

Netflix will report earnings for the third quarter after the market closes on Monday, Oct. 16. The company has been overspending his competitors in recent years and bought a staggering $22 billion in new content since 2014. While the expansion is crucial to Netflix’s aspiration to build a world-class digital library, Drew Pascarella, lecturer of […]