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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.

  • On the Eve of Midterms, Government Contractors Fear Another Shutdown

    Unfortunately, experts are predicting another shutdown, most likely after the midterm elections, and possibly before the end of the year. The House of Representatives is unlikely to repeat the scenario from a year ago. But if Republicans succeed in taking the Senate, the chances of a shutdown would escalate substantially, as a show of power, before the 2016 presidential election, says Robert Shapiro, a senior policy scholar at Georgetown's Center for Business and Public Policy, and former economic advisor to President Clinton.

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  • Sheikh Dr. Khalid on Advisory Board of Georgetown McDonough Business, Society and Public Policy Initiative

    Prominent Qatari entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Thani al-Thani has been made a member of the Advisory Board of the Business, Society and Public Policy Initiative of the Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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  • America Can’t Lead the World in Innovation if the FAA Keeps Dragging its Feet on Drone Rules

    An op-ed by Larry Downes, senior industry and innovation fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy: “As the latest revolutionary digital technology takes off, entrepreneurs are finding themselves battling federal regulators for permission just to experiment with new applications. This time it’s the Federal Aviation Administration, which has been struggling since 2012 to develop rules for safely integrating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), aka drones, into U.S. airspace. To be clear, we’re not talking here about the lethal, multi-million dollar military aircraft that are changing the nature of warfare. We’re talking about small, consumer-friendly devices that sell today to hobbyists and others for less than $300.”

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  • Apparel Company Succeeding on Anti-Sweatshop Model

    Surveying the Alta Gracia project’s development thus far, a new Georgetown University report concludes the factory “is assuming the attribute of a stable business.” Barring unforeseen circumstances, the report’s authors project that the factory could begin turning a profit by as soon as next year. In other words: Knights Apparel and WRC may be proving that it is possible, under certain circumstances, to run a successful clothing factory in the developing world without depriving the factory’s employees.

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  • The Midterm Elections: A Small-Business Primer

    Although an immigration reform bill passed the Senate with pretty strong bipartisan support in 2013, expect only minimal movement on the issue says Robert Shapiro, a senior policy scholar at Georgetown's Center for Business and Public Policy, and former economic advisor to President Clinton. The reason, Shapiro says, is the Republican base is too split to come to an agreement. A Republican sweep wouldn't do much to ease the fissure.

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  • FCC’s Rosenworcel: D.C. Needs to Get in the Silicon Valley ‘Sandbox'

    “The traditional regulatory process can be cumbersome,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said Tuesday during a panel discussion at Georgetown University. “It can be risk averse and hostile to new ideas. It is rarely as nimble as the digital economy itself. But we need to fix this, and I think we can — if we embrace the idea of government in the sandbox.”

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  • The Free-Trade Way to Job Growth

    Research by Andrew B. Bernard at Dartmouth and J. Bradford Jensen at Georgetown, as well as my own, has long documented that workers at globally engaged companies tend to earn more than workers at purely domestic companies: about 15%-20% more in companies that export or import, and about 25%-30% more in multinationals.

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  • For Sale: My Data

    Ishani Banerji, research director for the Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research, in an op-ed for Huffington Post’s business section: “Everything about us--how much we sleep, how many calories we consume, what we buy, what we watch, where we go, where we spend--is going to be information that someone somewhere can use to sell us something. This information is already a commodity that is being bought and sold. We're just not part of the marketplace. Yet.”

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  • VC/DC: Net Neutrality at Home, TTIP Abroad. Moving Towards the Center?

    Larry Downes, senior industry and innovation fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, writes in an op-ed regarding the debate on net neutrality: “Many of the arguments and proposals now circulating would never be tolerated for physical goods. And in any case, such efforts run contrary to the principle of a digital single market. Perhaps they would be heard less often if TTIP and TPP move forward.”

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