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Researchers today are trying to understand how information technology affects innovation, productivity, and economic growth while studying the impact of political and legal ground rules. Academics featured here are looking at the potential to create jobs and keep policymakers aware of emerging trends in technology.

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Professor Bennett Capers discusses his article, “Afrofuturism, Critical Race Theory, and Policing in the Year 2044,” and shares how his interests in literature, experience as a prosecutor, and his personal identity influence his scholarship.
Professor William Kerr, Harvard Business School, shares data on immigrant contributions, examines the important roles played by universities and firms, and provides suggestions for how the U.S. immigration policy could be improved.
Matthew Gentzkow, Stanford economist, discusses a recent paper that explores to what extent rising affective polarization has seen increases in the U.S. and other developed democracies.
Stanford economist Matthew Gentzkow shares findings from recent research that explores how polarization has evolved during the coronavirus pandemic.
Brooklyn Law professor Frank Pasquale’s new book, New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI, explores the ways that technological advances affect how we work, what media we consume, and how law is made and enforced; and he addresses the problems that arise when robots advance into hospitals, schools, and the military.
In their article, “How to Win with Machine Learning,” Rotman School of Management professors Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb explain how companies entering industries with an AI-enabled product or service can build a sustainable competitive advantage and raise entry barriers against latecomers.
Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, widely known for his research on remote work, shares his expertise about the ups and downs of working from home.
Erik Brynjolfsson and colleagues share findings from a study that looked at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on remote work.
Professors Geoffrey Parker, Dartmouth College, and Marshall Van Alstyne, Boston University, share insights into why some platform-based businesses have been able to pivot and thrive amidst the COVID-19 restrictions while others flounder.
Economists Susan Athey, Stanford, and Daron Acemoglu, MIT, will be testifying at today’s House Budget Committee hearing on artificial intelligence and the workforce.
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Health Information Technology

“Health Information Technology” or Health IT encompasses a wide range of hardware and software products used by patients, doctors, pharmacies, hospitals, insurers or other participants in the healthcare ecosystem to process and store data and communications related to health care.

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What We Know Now About the Business Impact of Hybrid Work

“But the biggest challenge—and maybe the one unexpected bit—is how much employees have got comfortable with choice of days in the office and like to flip that around each week, for whatever reason, childcare reasons, work, personal reasons, etc. ” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

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September 6, 2022

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Liability Rules for Autonomous Vehicles: How Traditional Legal Relations Encourage Modern Technological Innovation

As autonomous vehicles (AVs) come into use, lawyers will guide courts’ choice of liability rules, the sanctions that apply when the rules of the road are broken. The best rule for many accidents involving AVs will be strict liability.

By: Richard Epstein