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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.

  • Commentary: Free Can Be Good and is Hardly Anti-Competitive

    An op-ed by Anna-Maria Kovacs: No sooner was Halloween over than the holiday deals began to flood inboxes, websites, mailboxes, magazines, newspapers and stores. Better yet, offers of free goods and services are everywhere. Buy a laptop and save on the mouse and software. Buy a burger and get a free drink. Rent an apartment and get the first month free. Buy a box of cereal and the second is free. Even some hearing aids come with free batteries.


  • The Rise and Rise of the Referendum

    Professor Jason Brennan of Georgetown University says referendum voters are like fickle sports fans. "People like referenda where their side wins and hate them when their side loses," he told the BBC. "When their side loses, they say things such as, 'This is why we have representative parliaments.'"


  • Trump Won in Counties that Lost Jobs to China and Mexico

    And economists J. Bradford Jensen, Stephen Weymouth and Dennis P. Quinn point out that incumbent parties are more likely to lose votes when imports increase and exports decrease, particularly in swing states where low-skilled manufacturing workers face competition from imports.


  • TPP and TIPP trade deals likely ‘dead’ after Donald Trump’s election — but for how long?

    Arthur Dong, professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, told The Independent that all multi-lateral trade deals that fall across economic and geopolitical fault lines will be called into question under president Trump. "As to whether it’s a permanent nail in the coffin, that’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out," he said.


  • How CEOs are responding to Donald Trump's win

    Some CEOs or corporate officials who have spoken out have seen calls for boycotts of their brands on social media. "They're clearly not as vocal, and in many cases are laying low and waiting to see what really is generated through the Republican-controlled Congress," says Thomas Cooke, a professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.


  • Investing in America’s communications infrastructure

    An article by Anna-Maria Kovacs: President-elect Trump has promised to lower taxes and strengthen America’s infrastructure. To fulfill that dual commitment, private investment is essential. It is particularly crucial for the communications industry on which most of the U.S. economy now relies. Thus, one of the new administration’s most important economic tasks will be to ensure that the right incentives are in place to encourage investment in America’s broadband infrastructure.


  • Why Parliament Won’t Stop Brexit

    An op-ed by James P. Moore, Jr.: Divorces are messy things, particularly once the decision is made and reality sets in that things may not be so straightforward. This is exactly what the United Kingdom faces as it plans and negotiates its separation from the E.U. following the Brexit vote. To complicate matters further, the U.K.’s Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that Parliament must give approval before secession can commence.


  • The Problem with Our Government is Democracy

    An op-ed by Jason Brennan: Many are scratching their heads: How can someone like Donald Trump win the presidency? To win elections, politicians must push policies that appeal to voters. But most voters are systematically misinformed about the basic facts relevant to elections, and many advocate policies they would reject if they were better informed. We get low-quality government because voters have little idea what they’re doing.