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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.

  • Voting Isn’t the Only Way to Contribute

    An op-ed by Jason Brennan, Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor: ‘I voted!” stickers are a badge of honor. Ninety-six percent of Americans say that voting is an important duty, though far fewer actually vote. They regard voting as the highest civic sacrament. But what if voting is not a duty, but rather just one of many ways to be a good citizen?


  • Samsung Sacrificed the Note 7 to Save the Company

    An op-ed by John Jacobs, executive director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy: Samsung has killed the Galaxy Note 7. It is writing off $2.3 billion in the third quarter due to the cancellation of the highly touted phone. From my perspective, it was a smart, wise and cost-effective decision.


  • The Right to Vote Should Be Restricted to Those With Knowledge

    An op-ed by Jason Brennan, Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Term Associate Professor: Who should hold power: the few or the many? Concentrating power in the hands of a few—in monarchy, dictatorship, or oligarchy—tends to result in power for personal benefit at the expense of others. Yet in spreading power among the many—as in a democracy—individual votes no longer matter, and so most voters remain ignorant, biased, and misinformed.


  • How to Manage a Toxic Employee

    “There’s a pattern of de-energizing, frustrating or putting down teammates,” adds Christine Porath, an associate professor at Georgetown and the author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. “It’s not just that Joe is rude. The whole team suffers because of it.”


  • Kovacs: BDS Reform - What Happens to Competitors After a Mandated Price Cut?

    An op-ed by Anna-Maria Kovacs, a visiting policy scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy: The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has proposed re-regulation of the business data services (BDS) market, with price-cuts in markets deemed “non-competitive” as the primary tool. The vast majority of BDS is sold to wireline, wireless, and cable networks and to large enterprises. The provision of BDS requires significant capital investment by both incumbents and their competitors.


  • More Wealth, More Jobs, But Not for Everyone: What Fuels the Backlash on Trade

    Lower-income households have benefited from better prices on basic goods. As imports surged, the cost of baby and toddler clothes in the United States dropped by 10 percent from 1999 to 2013, according to an analysis by Pietra Rivoli, a trade expert at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. The price of shoes went up much more slowly than the overall cost of living.


  • We Don't Know How Many Jobs Have Been Lost to Trade, And Here's Why

    J. Bradford Jensen, the McCrane/Shaker Chair in International Business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, argued that manufacturing job losses have a lot more to do with this new economic climate than global trade. "I don't know that trade is the predominant reason for that shift," he said. "There are other things going on that are changing the composition of the U.S. economy, and the most important is changes in productivity."


  • A Sharpened Debate: Is It Ethical to Not Vote This Year for President?

    "Most Americans think there's an obligation to vote," says Jason Brennan, a Georgetown University professor and author of The Ethics of Voting, though the percentages may be inflated because they think that's what they're supposed to say. He doesn't agree, likening it to a lottery, when an individual ticket or vote isn't likely to make a difference.


  • Black Associates Less Likely to Jump Firms with Co-Workers, Study Finds

    “Our analyses reveal that black lawyers who regained employment were less likely to move with former co-workers than were white lawyers,” the authors, Christopher I. Rider, of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, Adina Sterling of Stanford’s Business School and David Tan, of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, wrote.