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 […]

Post mortem of Chicago’s repealed soda tax

This week, the Cook County’s Board of Commissioners voted to repeal their tax on sugar-sweetened beverages by a vote of 15-1. This is the latest twist in a multi-year back-and-forth battle between soda tax advocates and opponents. John Cawley, professor in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, is studying the impact of the soda […]

NAFTA struggles to regulate increasingly global supply chain

The fourth round of negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) resumes in Washington on Wednesday, amidst concerns that these talks may end in an impasse between the Trump administration and the governments of Mexico and Canada. Two Cornell University experts comment on the status of the negotiations and what they mean for […]

Nobel winner linked human psychology to economic behavior

University of Chicago professor and former Cornell University academic Richard Thaler was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Science on Monday for his contribution in the field of behavioral economics. Tom Gilovich, professor of psychology at Cornell, also works in the field of behavioral economics and is a close associate of Thaler. He comments on […]

Puerto Rico needs a repeal of the Jones Act, further incentives

As Puerto Rico deals with the aftermath of the hurricane and struggles to restore its power grid, much of its economy – including the well-developed pharmaceutical industry – faces an uncertain future. Steven C. Kyle, an expert in macroeconomics and government policy in the U.S. and in low-income countries, says that while a new power […]

Guest worker bill to stabilize agriculture labor market

  The U.S. Congress this week began discussing legislation that could help stabilize the labor market for U.S. agriculture. The bill would create a new designation known as H-2C aimed at providing a legal supply of workers for U.S. farms. H-2C would replace the H-2A program, which is broadly considered to be ineffective. The new […]

Discrimination more likely when resources are scarce

ITHACA, N.Y. – At the height of the Great Recession, psychologist Amy Krosch noticed a troubling trend: people of color seemed to be getting much harder hit than the white population on a number of socioeconomic indicators. She wondered whether something about the psychological effects of economic scarcity might be making pre-recession racial disparities even worse. […]

Kasich’s comments on GOP reflect two-party predicament

  Over the weekend Ohio governor and former republican candidate John Kasich hinted he may decide to withdraw support from his own party, should the GOP fail to “fix” itself and continue its current trajectory towards the far-right. Cornell experts comment on Kasich’s remark and offer their take on the well-being of the two-party system. […]