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Miles Kimball is Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan. Politically, Miles is an independent who grew up in an apolitical family. He holds many strong opinions—open to revision in response to cogent arguments—that do not line up neatly with either the Republican or Democratic Party.

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How Story Has Become Central to Advertising

They routinely ask some of life’s deepest questions: Who are you? What do you care about? What are your goals in life? What do you struggle with? What do you love and hate? But these are not psychiatrists or spiritual advisers; they’re marketers probing consumers to figure out why we buy. Whether it’s sleek sports cars, laundry detergents, or cellphones, mapping the views and yearnings of potential buyers helps these specialists construct ad campaigns and brand identities. Though people...

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Reza Moghadam Flags ‘Enabling Deep Negative Rates to Fight Recessions’ in the Financial Times

I announced Ruchir Agarwal’s and my new IMF Working Paper in “Ruchir Agarwal and Miles Kimball—Enabling Deep Negative Rates to Fight Recessions: A Guide.” We are both delighted to see Reza Moghadam flag it in a Financial Times op-ed: “The ECB must make negative interest rate policy effective.”Below, I quote the key passage from Reza’s op-ed,...

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Matt Clancy’s Beginner’s Guide to #EconTwitter

My #1 advice to new economists is to get on twitter and plug into the #EconTwitter community. This document is a guide on how to do that. It’s a bit geared towards academics, since that’s what I know best, but #EconTwitter is a lot more than academics and I’ve tried to write so it’s useful to people outside academia too. What’s #EconTwitter?  Literally? Twitter is a website that lets users broadcast 280 characters of text to other users. These are call tweets, and they can also include...

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Colleagues Remember James E. Gruber as a `Gentle, but Fierce’ Voice for People Silenced by Discrimination and Prejudice

Sociology Professor Emeritus James E. Gruber passed away June 26, but his influence on society from nearly 50 years of equity research and advocacy remains. Locally, Gruber successfully advocated for paid parental leave on UM-Dearborn’s campus in the early 1990s. Statewide, he served as an expert court witness from local hearings all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court. Nationally, his research was cited in a 1993 case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, and he worked on court causes on...

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Sara Roncero-Menendez: 15 Tech Execs’ Names You’re Mispronouncing

By Sara Roncero-Menendez2013-11-15 12:03:53 UTC Innovators and businesspeople alike are sculpting the world in incredible ways, and as a result, they've become celebrities. Steve Jobs, Marissa Mayer, Jony Ive and many others have rocked the business and tech worlds with their ideas and designs. Still, unlike the celebrities of Hollywood, the media doesn't always report on these public figures. And since we don't hear their names repeated over and over again, finding their correct...

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Charles Marohn: Organic Markets for Residences and Businesses in the Traditional City

This is the sixth part of a multi-part series, My Journey from Free Market Ideologue to Strong Towns Advocate.There’s been a recurring strain of feedback to this series that is best represented by this comment on the last column:I’m still not seeing where the indictment of the free market is, or where more intervention by the government or more government spending is going to be the solution.It’s interesting to me because the idea of My Journey from Free Market Ideologue...

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