Articles and Opinion

Economics

Political economy, or economic politics?

Videla, Pedro Income inequality is a hot topic in the U.S. political debates. But has the income of the top 1% actually soared? Taking a closer look at some widely cited statistics is enough to raise some serious doubts. Read article
Information Technologies

The Big Picture: What's the future of banking?

IESE Insight Evolving consumer expectations, tech innovations, regulatory changes and new business models are fast reshaping the global banking industry. As the rules of the game change, who will emerge as the winners? Read article
Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

How kindness culture can elevate your business

Baker, William Successful companies all share a commitment to three principles: abundance, long-term relationships and regard for others. How well does your company encourage the growth and development of its employees, and then celebrate their accomplishments? Read article
Marketing

Hurry! Only 3 left in stock! When scarcity signals are most powerful

Calvo, Eduard; Cui, Ruomeng; Wagner, Laura Many retailers disclose product availability to get customers to buy, but does it really boost sales and profits? By studying this effect in online retail, we identify the contexts where scarcity signals are most powerful. Read article
Economics

What do we have to lose? Risk compensation during a pandemic

Talamas, Eduard In the race to get COVID-19 under control, should we roll out a new vaccine that's perfectly safe but only partially effective? Not so fast: if the less-than-optimal vaccine encourages risky behavior, it may end up causing more harm than good. Read article