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New faculty: Kejia Hu, assistant professor of operations management

Oct. 9, 2017—Kejia Hu, new assistant professor of operations management, believes big data can be used as a tool for good, bringing about positive change in the marketplace. And her research can prove it.

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New faculty: Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, assistant professor of economics

Oct. 9, 2017—As one of the architects of California’s successful statewide carbon cap-and-trade program, Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, a new assistant professor of economics at Vanderbilt, worked to find a way for companies in California to reduce their carbon emissions while still remaining competitive with firms in states with fewer environmental regulations.

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Crime casts pall on Central America’s Northern Triangle

Oct. 3, 2017—LAPOP research shows that crime prevalence impacts economic progress in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras

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Large pay disparities can be regarded as fair, with proper motivational orientation

Sep. 27, 2017—When employees are guided by the pursuit of gains and advancement, they can view pay disparities as fair, according to new research by Tae-Youn Park of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

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Center for Effective Lawmaking announces highest-scoring members of Congress

Sep. 26, 2017—The most effective legislators in the U.S. House of Representative and Senate were identified by the new Center for Effective Lawmaking in Washington, D.C.

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Tolerance, participation in local government up in the Americas

Sep. 26, 2017—New data gathered by the Latin American Political Opinion Project (LAPOP) include some upticks but also discouraging news about the state of democracy in the Americas.

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Center for Effective Lawmaking to premier in Washington; news conference is Sept. 26

Sep. 6, 2017—The new Center for Effective Lawmaking, which studies the causes and consequences of the legislative effectiveness of members of Congress, will be introduced in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The center is a joint effort by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

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Trump not elected by the working class, researchers say

Jun. 30, 2017—President Trump was not elected by white working-class voters, say two researchers who consulted data from the American National Election Studies.

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No place like home: Anxious adults drawn to ads that feature home concepts

Jun. 13, 2017—Research by Steve Posavac, E. Bronson Ingram Professor of Marketing at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, uncovers another consequence of anxiety symptoms: susceptibility to certain ads.

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Claims from hedge funds cause rise in appraisal actions

Jun. 7, 2017—Hedge fund expert Randall Thomas says appraisal action petitions are on the rise, and he can explain why

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Expert: Private industry, better messaging can help overcome damage from Paris withdrawal

Jun. 2, 2017—Vanderbilt University law and earth science professors contend initiatives that reduce carbon emissions from corporations and households can fill some of the gap.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Tennesseans cooling on Trump, favor ACA provisions

May. 30, 2017—The Vanderbilt Poll surveyed a demographically representative sample of 1,000 Tennesseans about a variety of important issues related to state and federal government across two weeks in May, 2017.

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