Op-Ed: How New Ownership of the Phoenix Suns Swung the Title Odds in Their Favor

Written by Beck Smolak On December 20, 2022, a present came early for Phoenix Suns fans as Mat Ishbia bought a majority stake in the team for a record-setting $4 billion (Reynolds 2023). Robert Sarver, the previous owner, had been in charge for almost two decades yet was strongly disliked by the public. Ishbia attained…

No Need to Run

Written by Joshua Ravichandran I’m a runner. In fact- I just ran my first half marathon last week. But let me tell you, there’s one place I’ll never run to. That’s my bank- and that’s thanks to some really smart policy.  This paper hopes to answer three big questions. First, what exactly is a bank…

Op-Ed: Applications of Behavioral Economics in Pharmaceutical Policy

Written by Siddharth Desai Pharmaceutical policy was formed under the guise of fundamental economic concepts, which presume the rationality of all involved parties. However, according to behavioral economics, a style of economic analysis that utilizes psychological insights into human behavior to explain economic decision-making, consumers frequently exhibit predictable patterns of irrational behavior (Oxford Dictionary). Policymakers…

Dishonesty in Business

Written by Jack Leitzes In an environment where professionals have a lot of independence, moments of desperation can lead to corrupt decisions. Dishonest decision-making in business refers explicitly to actions of individuals or organizations that violate ethical principles and laws. These infractions can take many forms, and from financial fraud to bribery, each holds serious…

ASML: The Little-Known Source of the World’s Technological Progress

Written by Robert Hwang Semiconductors are the key component of almost every piece of modern technology we use. However, their utility eludes most people due to the technical nature of their function. Chips, as semiconductors are commonly called, are minuscule products, made of silicon, that have a conductivity between conductors- metals- and insulators- glass (Segal). …

How Housing and Education Drive Inequality

Written by Adam Savageau According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, each dollar spent towards schooling in a neighborhood results in a $20 appreciation in homes (Gorman). Not only do good schools add tremendous value to the surrounding housing, but higher home prices feed back into schools. NBER also notes that, as housing prices…

The tactics big auto manufacturers are using to slow the transition to Electric Vehicles

Written by Kai Lu The transition to electric cars (EVs) is gaining momentum globally as technology improves and governments implement policies to promote their adoption. Meanwhile, the big auto manufacturers are trying everything they can to slow down this transition. This article introduces some common tactics these companies employ to fight against the shift to…

Opinion: The Case for Abolishing the Federal Minimum Wage

Written by Miguel Calle Jaramillo $7.25. $15. $25. The debate over the federal minimum wage is not new. However, before reassessing federal minimum wage laws, one must wonder why they exist in the first place. The reason commonly proposed by politicians – particularly those on the left – is that they help low-skilled workers and…