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Vanderbilt Poll: Tennessee Senate race a toss-up; Lee in lead for governor

Oct. 18, 2018—New horse-race poll: Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn (R) is virtually tied with Phil Bredesen (D) at 43-44, while gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee (R) leads Democrat Karl Dean (D) 48-37.

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New model of polarization sheds light on today’s politics

Oct. 2, 2018—No politics is local anymore and it’s driving us apart, according to a new mathematical model of political competitiveness developed by political economist Mattias Polborn.

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Americans have more faith in legislatures where women are equally represented

Sep. 21, 2018—According to new research led by Amanda Clayton, Americans have more confidence in both the decisions made and the decision-making process when women are equally represented on a legislative committee versus an all-male committee.

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Labor unions help employees take more paid maternity leave

Sep. 20, 2018—Labor unions help working mothers take better advantage of their maternity leave benefits but could do more to mitigate the wage penalties that women experience following maternity leave.

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Crime, not money, drives migration from El Salvador and Honduras

Sep. 18, 2018—A new analysis shows that immigration policies designed to deter economic migrants do not dissuade migrants fleeing crime from seeking asylum.

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Age, race and gender split in political parties could lead to voter discrimination

Sep. 14, 2018—A vastly expanding gap in age, gender and diversity between the nation’s largest generation—millennials—and baby boomers is exacerbating voter discrimination, according to a Vanderbilt Law School expert.

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Full disclosure? Companies adjust reporting strategies in the face of political uncertainty

Sep. 13, 2018—Temporary political uncertainty, such as a gubernatorial election, influences the frequency and types of disclosures managers make about their business activities, according to new research by Owen finance professor Josh White.

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What happens in Vegas stays on TripAdvisor? New research on understanding the role of narrativity in consumer reviews

Sep. 13, 2018—Online reviews that tell a story are more persuasive than those that don't, according to Owen marketing professor Jennifer Edson Escalas.

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Expert: Inspiration, anger motivate women to run for office

Aug. 2, 2018—Amanda Clayton can provide insight into why so many women are running for office in 2018--and how they might change Washington if they are elected.

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Store brand spillover can dampen profits for national brands and retailers alike

Aug. 2, 2018—Vanderbilt researchers examine what happens when store brands in one category of goods, like soup, creates demands in another category, like canned vegetables.

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‘You don’t blow your diet on Twinkies’: Why consumers seek to maximize goal violations

Aug. 2, 2018—When consumers contemplate violating a personal goal (i.e., cheating on a diet, overspending on a budget), they often seek to make the most of that violation by choosing the most extreme option, according to new research from Kelly Goldsmith.

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Putting a price tag on a person’s life could make America safer and fairer

Jun. 25, 2018—Vanderbilt economist W. Kip Viscusi says putting a price tag on the value of a person’s life makes people and products safer.

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