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Strategy, Economics, Ethics & Public Policy Faculty in the News

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business’s distinguished faculty members regularly provide thought leadership through various media outlets. They share research insights and commentary on business news.

  • Can Epistocracy, Or Knowledge-Based Voting, Fix Democracy?

    An op-ed by Jason Brennan, Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Term Associate Professor: Elected officials tend to pass laws they believe will appeal to the median voter. A politician on the left or right usually can win more votes by moving to the center, a theory you can see in action by watching how presidential candidates soften their policies after the primaries. The median voter wields great power over what politicians ultimately do. But — and here’s the problem — the median voter would fail economics or Political Science 101.


  • How Trade Affects the Vote for President

    Global trade can produce winners and losers in the marketplace—and also in politics, according to a new paper…Authors Bradford Jensen, Dennis Quinn and Stephen Weymouth of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business examined county-level election results since 1992 and national-level results since 1936. It’s the first study to demonstrate that increasing employment in high-skilled industries affects voting, showing the divergent distributional effects for both winners and losers in trade.


  • Favorite Business School Professors Teaching MBAs

    It isn’t easy to master the intricacies of the time value of money or a P&L statement. That’s why the most talented professors are often able to break down complex concepts so they are understandable and memorable —a specialty of two Georgetown professors: Allison Koester and Arthur Dong. According to Georgetown’s Devon Weiss, a classic poet who joined EY’s M&A operations department after graduation, both are able to relate key content to students in different ways. “Professor Arthur Dong has mastered the art of simplifying complex problems and teaching students how to apply MBA fundamentals to generate innovative solutions,” Weiss explains. In contrast, Koester appeals to various learning styles and experience levels. “Professor Allison Koester is able to simultaneously teach accounting courses to students with both CPA and non-business backgrounds,” Weiss explains. “Her ability to explain concepts in a seemingly endless number of ways and from multiple perspectives leaves no student behind.” “Professor Catherine Tinsley’s research enriches her leadership and negotiations courses, leveraging the most recent findings industry-wide. She has helped me learn how I can become a motivating, visionary leader by establishing a leadership style characterized by authenticity and embracing my own unique sources of power.” – Devon Weiss, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business


  • McDonough School’s Quinn: Relation of Trade to Election

    Dennis Quinn, Professor of International Political Economy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, on new study: “Winners and Losers in International Trade: Effects on U.S. Presidential Voting."


  • Here's Why Donald Trump Could Win Ohio and Michigan

    So why have the candidates moved left on trade, even if the electorate has not? Economists Bradford Jensen, Dennis Quinn, and Stephen Weymouth of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business may have an answer. In a new working paper shared with Fortune, the economists show that international trade “directly influences U.S. presidential elections.” The incumbent party tends to win counties with more highly skilled service sector jobs, not the type that are typically lost to trade, and lose counties in which there is a high concentration of trade sensitive low-skilled manufacturing.


  • Why U.S. Tech Companies Can't Figure Out China

    “There’s a home-field advantage,” said Arthur Dong, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “Whether it’s state function of government policy or a less formal policy, foreign companies are at a great disadvantage.”


  • Rooney Rule in Reverse: Minority Coaching Hires Have Stalled

    Minorities dominate coaching positions for running backs and, to a lesser degree, the defensive secondary, but whites fill the most upwardly mobile spots. Researchers at the Georgetown McDonough School of Business expounded on this subject in a study of coaching staffs from 1985 to 2012. They concluded in part that while teams do hire minorities for positions carrying a lower likelihood for promotion, white coaches gained promotions more readily even when researchers accounted for assistant coaches' initial and current NFL jobs.


  • Comey’s Email Decision: Hillary Has Civil Liberties Too

    An op-ed by John Hasnas, professor of business at Georgetown McDonough and executive director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics: Over 20 years ago, I published an article that argued that the rule of law was not only a myth but an extremely dangerous one that causes people "to be willing not only to relinquish a large measure of [their] own freedom but to enthusiastically support the state in the suppression of others' freedom as well."


  • The Harsh Downside of Free Trade – And the Glimmer of Hope

    “Half of the workers in the business service sector in the US are in tradable activities, which in turn employ more people than the entire US manufacturing sector,” says J. Bradford Jensen, a Georgetown University economist. What’s left of the US manufacturing sector is also healthy. North Carolina remains a manufacturing powerhouse, says Georgetown University business professor Pietra Rivoli, the author of “The Travels of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy.”