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News organizations often turn to Georgetown faculty members for insightful, expert commentary on current events. From opinions on unfolding events to providing in-depth analysis, Georgetown scholars and researchers appear daily in local, national and international news reports.

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  • U.S. Teenagers Spurn Working as School Takes Priority
    February 19, 2014
    “Work experience complements skill, and the combination of the two is more valuable than either one alone. It is more difficult to get going, to get onto the on-ramp, in the American economy than it used to be," Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, on trends in teen employment.
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    Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

  • Getting Religion on Risk Tolerance
    February 18, 2014
    “Given widely held expectations for rising interest rates over the next few years, it may feel counterintuitive to sell stocks to buy bonds, but this is the power of asset reallocation within a balanced portfolio — it forces us to sell what has gone up in the previous year and buy what has gone down; in effect, reallocation forces us to sell high and buy low,” William Droms, the John J. Powers, Jr. Professor of Finance in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, on managing risk in investments.
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    Source: The Wall Street Journal Market Watch

  • Letters: On car safety
    February 15, 2014
    “Kenya piloted a low-cost scheme that placed stickers in the country’s ubiquitous matatus, or minibuses, urging passengers to speak up against reckless driving. Vehicles that were offered the stickers saw a 50% reduction in total accidents compared with a control group,” James Habyarimana, associate professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and William Jack, associate professor of economics, on car safety policy in Kenya.
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    Source: The Economist

  • Jos. A. Bank to Buy Eddie Bauer in Deal Worth $825 Million
    February 14, 2014
    “This is a marriage made for divorce. It’s a marriage of a once-great story that has now become a discount brand, which is Jos. A. Bank, with a brand that is passe, history, which is Eddie Bauer,” Ronald Goodstein, an associate professor of marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on Jos. A. Bank’s plan to buy Eddie Bauer.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Modernized Telecom Policy Must Reflect That Change Is the Only Constant
    February 7, 2014
    “It’s time for a new regulatory approach that builds on the realities of the current marketplace, assures a vibrant market of innovation and new choices for consumers, and stokes the private sector investment that fuels economic growth and jobs,” John Mayo, professor of economics, business, and public policy in Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, on the impact of the digital revolution on telecom policy.
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    Source: Roll Call

  • Biz Asia America
    February 7, 2014
    “Unlike the U.S., in most countries, the government pays for at least a portion of their Olympic investments, so in a sense, the government is really trying to maximize their investment,” Marlene Morris Towns, teaching professor of marketing, on investing in Olympic athletes.
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    Source: CCTV

  • Sponsors Take on Risks with Eye on Rewards
    February 5, 2014
    "As a consumer myself, cheering for the U.S. team, I think of it as supporting our athletes and our belief system and acknowledging the injustice being done. Supporting our nation and our nation's sensibilities and sense of fairness," Marlene Morris Towns, teaching professor of marketing, on controversies surrounding the Olympics in Sochi.
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    Source: USA Today

  • Will IPOs Continue to Soar in 2014?
    January 27, 2014
    “There is a lot of pent-up supply with issuers wanting to go public, some of it driven by private equity looking for exits,” Reena Aggarwal, professor of finance and director of the Georgetown University Center for Financial Markets and Policy, on the high volume of public offerings in 2013.
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    Source: Nasdaq

  • Goo and You
    January 20, 2014
    “I think it’s amazing that a caterpillar can have an experience, go into its chrysalis, 5 weeks pass, emerge as a seemingly different organism and that it still can recall experiences that happened to it when it was a caterpillar,” Martha Weiss, associate professor of biology, on memory through the process or metamorphosis.
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    Source: RadioLab

  • The horrors ‘12 Years a Slave’ couldn’t tell
    January 18, 2014
    “The film — nominated for nine Oscars, including best picture and best director — brings Northup’s remarkable 1853 memoir to life with searing portrayals of torture and survival. It has revived curiosity about Northup’s life and renewed debate over how to depict the pain of the past and the present,” Adam Rothman, associate professor of history, on the historical analysis of “12 Years a Slave.”
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    Source: Al Jazeera America

  • Close look awaits NIST cybersecurity framework due next month
    January 15, 2014
    "While retailing is not deemed critical infrastructure, the episode underscores the economic ramifications of network hacking," Eric Burger, research professor and director of the Georgetown Center for Secure Communications, on security risks associated with the recent breach of Target credit card information.
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    Source: Federal Times

  • North Korea announces execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek
    December 12, 2013
    “He’s doing what dictators do, especially somebody young and inexperienced. He’s taking reckless action and doing things that are self-indulgent,” Victor Cha, professor in the School of Foreign Service, on the political priorities of Kim Jong Un.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Use caution in raising the minimum wage
    December 9, 2013
    “The biggest concern among economists is that imposing pay increases on employers will reduce the hiring of low-wage workers and raise unemployment. But in four decades of research by economists, this appears to be a small or nonexistent effect,” Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on raising the minimum wage.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Analysis: U.S. retailers brace for margin hit from holiday discounts
    November 20, 2013
    "We're creating a retail market where everything is going to be on sale all the time," he said. "You're killing yourself as an industry, you've trained people to only buy on sale,” Ronald Goodstein, professor of marketing in the McDonough School of Business, on decreased margins during holiday sales.
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    Source: Reuters

  • Microsoft, GE, and the futility of ranking employees
    November 18, 2013
    "The ratings can be arbitrary, and they can have serious effects on creativity and team-sharing, but they can have the benefit of helping cut the deadwood," Brooks Holtom, associate professor in the McDonough School of Business, on employee ranking systems.
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    Source: CNN Money

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