About BAID

About BAID

"Why is democracy more fragile today than a decade ago?  What are the consequences of media consolidation?  How does AI impact these areas?"

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Democracy is widely believed to be necessary for the sustainability of markets and market reforms that encourage investment and innovation.

Surprisingly then, as political polling shows, democracies are living in a moment of crisis. Business is not isolated from these trends. This initiative will explore the impact of social and traditional media, government regulation, misinformation, and new and emerging technologies on democracy.

Latest Event Highlights

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How could we use psychological targeting in a way that didn't lock us into our own echo chambers?

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This was one of the topics that Columbia Business School Professor Sandra Matz explored in her insightful BAID The Hub at Columbia Business School Dear Mama Coffee Presentation 'Friend or Foe? Big Data as a Window into Our Psychology,' moderated by CBS Professor Gita Johar

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Learn more on our event highlights on the Hub Events page.

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In recent years, the media market in Russia has been reshaped by the government, affecting citizens' access to independent news sources. Experts believe media control and #censorship have intensified during the war with #Ukraine. Where do the Russian people go to get their news now, and how does it shape their beliefs?

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Last week, Andrey Simonov, associate professor of marketing at Columbia Business School, explored the Russian media market and how it has evolved over the last year. Swipe to see photos from the compelling discussion.

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This event was part of a new speaker series presented by BAID @TheHub.

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On March 27, 2023, the event discussed Ukraine's highly educated human capital and the need to attract foreign direct investment and align with the European Union for rebuilding, as part of BAID @The Hub's Dear Mama Coffee Speaker Series talk, 'A Marshall Plan for a Democratic Ukraine.'

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Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses the need to attract foreign direct investment for rebuilding Ukraine.

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Stay tuned for the recap and videos of the event's speaker highlights.

Past Events

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Russian Media During the War

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Held on: April 12, 2023

Location: 670 Kravis Hall

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A Marshall Plan for a Democratic Ukraine

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Held on: March 27, 2023

Location: Dear Mama Coffee

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Democratizing Alternative Energy Solutions to Cities

Held on: February 23, 2023

Location: Dear Mama 611 West 129th Street New York, NY 10027

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The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century: with comments on Russia and Ukraine

Held on: October 20, 2022

Location: Columbia Business School, David Geffen Hall at 645 West 130th Street

Initiative Leadership

Led by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics Bruce Kogut, in collaboration with CBS faculty, including Professors Ann BartelGita JoharAndrea Prat, Andrey Simonov, and external members like Professor Mario Small and Provost and Professor Sergei Guriev, BAID will conduct academic-quality studies and advocacy to stimulate public debate and exchange ideas to strengthen democracies.  

Gita Johar

Gita Johar

Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business , Marketing Division

Bruce Kogut

Bruce Kogut

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Management Division

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Andrea Prat

Andrea Prat

Richard Paul Richman Professor of Business, Economics Division

Competitive Strategy Affiliated Faculty

Andrey Simonov

Andrey Simonov

Gary Winnick and Martin Granoff Associate Professor of Business, Marketing Division

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Mario L. Small

Quetelet Professor of Social Science, Department of Sociology, Columbia University

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