By Nathan Mass. Stanford University. --- The entertainment industry and its predominant content providers have found themselves in an unusual predicament.
The Dairy Cliff: The Economic Significance of Permanent Agricultural Law in America
By Rebecca Deubler. Stanford University. --- Recent focus on the fiscal cliff has overshadowed a less publicized but highly significant development that will occur on October 1 if Congress fails to act.
Which Political System Maximizes Utility – a Democracy or an Autocracy?
By Ganesh R. Kumaraguru. Stanford University. --- There is a growing debate in the 21st century as to whether democracies outperform certain autocracies in increasing a citizen’s utility.
The Economics of Dropping Out
By Olivia Moore. Stanford University. --- Besides their incredible success, some of the most famous names in the technology world today—Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson—have one thing in common: none of them finished college.
The Game Theory Behind Acing an Exam
By Anne Evered. Stanford University. --- Last December, students at Johns Hopkins University took advantage of their computer science professor’s grading policies to essentially “game” the system and receive full marks on an exam without ever filling out a single answer.
The Economic Consequences of China’s One Child Policy
By Sam Hansen. Stanford University. --- In the aftermath of the Mao-era, China enacted the one-child policy to curb its staggering population growth and mitigate the associated consequences of poverty, resource-depletion, pollution, and urban sprawl. Though it dramatically reduced...
Long Tails and Superstars: The Impact of Collaborative Filtering across Online Platforms
By Henry Z. Tang. Stanford University. --- Collaborative filtering (CF) is an ongoing development in the algorithms used for online recommendation systems that have become both a complement to and substitute for traditional search on online marketplaces
The Economics of Degree Inflation
By Justin Moore. Stanford University. --- As the percentage of the population that has attained a bachelor’s degree increases, the value of a college degree continues to decline - a phenomenon known as degree inflation. Though degree inflation motivates more young people to attend college to compete in the job market...
COIN and Cash: The Use of Economic Aid in Conflict
By Rajiv Suresh. Stanford University. --- The shift away from conventional to small-scale warfare has led to a search for effective solutions to such conflicts. One of the more popular tactics that has become relevant in the past century is the “hearts and minds” approach...