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What Does It Mean to Have a Meaningful Job?

Recent scholarship from Professor Stephan Meier suggests that it’s not just the mission of workplace that matters, but factors such as autonomy, competence, and “relatedness,” or feeling connected to an organization, that defines a meaningful job.

Planetary Economics

Professor Geoffrey Heal argues global economic growth and sustainability can — and should — go hand in hand.

No News is Good News

When it comes to social responsibility, writes Professor Stephan Meier, being too bad or too good can bring harmful headlines.

Teaching Beyond the Test

Professor Jonah Rockoff discusses how a good teacher's influence can affect student test scores and long-term success in life.

Undersavers Anonymous

Professor Stephan Meier investigates how a simple text message can prompt the poor to double their savings.

Taking Attendance with Teachers

Professor Jonah Rockoff discusses how much teacher absences hurt student achievement.

Are Macro Changes in Store for Microlending

Professor Suresh Sundaresan explores how new financial tools and technologies are poised to change the way microfinance is practiced.

The Nonprofit MBA

The nonprofit sector is always hit particularly hard during recessions. That, Professor Ray Horton says, gives MBAs and today's nonprofits more to offer each other than ever.

Making the Grade with Mentoring

Professor Jonah Rockoff examines data from New York City's public schools to assess whether mentor programs — increasingly used in the private as well as the public sector — reduce employee turnover and improve productivity.

The ROI of CSR

Professor Geoffrey Heal discusses his book When Principles Pay, in which he considers how a firm's environmental and social performance affect its competitiveness and financial performance.

Insuring against Global Warming

Professor Geoffrey Heal explores how much countries should spend to avoid the uncertain risk of climate change, and how this uncertainty should factor into government decisions on prevention measures.

Making Globalization Fair

In discussing the politics of globalization, Professor Joseph Stiglitz, a prominent critic of globalization's shortcomings and author of Making Globalization Work, offers practical ideas for extending its benefits.

Small Loans on a Large Scale

Is microfinance the key to ending poverty in the developing world? Professor Suresh Sundaresan and PhD student Sam Cheung examine the issues facing both lenders and borrowers in the microfinance market.

Lending to the Poor

How can credit markets in developed countries help low-income families break the cycle of poverty? Professor Patrick Bolton discusses a book edited with Howard Rosenthal that came out of a conference on credit markets for the poor in developed countries.

Fixing Public Schools

Does teacher certification affect student performance? Professor Jonah Rockoff looks at the performance of public school teachers in New York City.

Reassessing Robert Moses and His Vision for New York

Professor Ray Horton, who was for 15 years president of the Citizens Budget Commission, a nonprofit organization that promotes good government in New York City and New York State, discusses the recent nostalgia for the master builder.

Ownership Versus Environment: Why Are Public Sector Firms Inefficient?

Privatization is not the only way to improve the performance of public-sector enterprises. A study of Indonesian firms, by Professors Ann Bartel of Columbia and Ann Harrison of UC Berkeley, shows that less drastic changes can lead to similar gains in productivity.

A Combinational Auction Improves School Meals in Chile

Professor Gabriel Weintraub et al. look at the auction models used to assign catering contracts for school lunches in Chile.