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December 29, 2016

The 10 Most Remarkable Deals - and Busts - of 2016

by Ben Gomes-Casseres | PBS NewsHour

Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres highlights new mergers, partnerships and business busts from the past year.

Peter Wein '14, MA '15

December 19, 2016

BA/MA Alumni Profile - Q&A with Peter Wein '14, MA '15

"The BA/MA program was a learning environment in which I was able to narrow down my career goals as my studies became more focused."

Professor Andy Molinsky

December 13, 2016

LinkedIn Top Voices 2016: The 10 Must-Know Writers in Education

by Maya Pope-Chappell | LinkedIn

Professor Andy Molinsky is named as a leading expert and writer on LinkedIn's 2016 list of top education authors.

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December 9, 2016

Sorry, Donald Trump: Amazon Dominates, But It's No Monopoly

by Davey Alba | Wired

Professor Benjamin Gomes-Casseres, an expert on business alliances, contributes to an evaluation of Amazon's behavior and market status in light of suggestions that it could qualify as a monopoly.

Prathap Gangadhar, MBA '09

December 6, 2016

#WorldReadyAlumni- Q&A with Prathap Gangadhar, MBA '09

"It is essential to be able to adapt in order to be an effective leader."

November 30, 2016

Financial Executives International (FEI) and Brandeis International Business School (IBS) Partner to Enhance Career Preparation

Relationship to support career resources across both institutions

Financial Executives International’s (FEI) Career Services Programs offered graduate students at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of networking and resume writing at FEI’s career professional seminars, thanks to generous invitations from company executives.

Innovation Showcase

November 29, 2016

Brandeis Innovators Seek to Make an Impact

by Christina Moores | BrandeisNOW

The second annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase captured the deep entrepreneurial spirit on campus across a variety of disciplines and areas of the University, including faculty and student projects at Brandeis IBS.

Professor Andy Molinsky

November 17, 2016

3 Secrets For Getting Out of Stuff You Just Don't Have Time to Do

by Andy Molinsky | Inc.

Professor Andy Molinsky explores ways of comfortably saying "no" to free up time and lighten your load.

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November 16, 2016

Mapping Frontier Economies

by Aldo Musacchio and Eric Werker | Harvard Business Review

Professor Aldo Musacchio looks at opportunities in low-income, high-risk countries - known as "frontier markets" in the latest issue of Harvard Business Review.

Shattering Glass Ceilings

November 16, 2016

Shattering Glass Ceilings: A Panel’s Perspective

Five takeaways to help you become a World Ready Woman

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) convened a panel of accomplished Brandeis alumnae and faculty for a dynamic, multigenerational conversation on women in business and economics.

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Thomas Reedy

November 11, 2016

MSF Alumni Profile - Q&A with Thomas Reedy, MSF '07

"Regardless of the outcome, what you learn along the way is very valuable."

Ram Iyer, MBA '09

November 3, 2016

MBA Alumni Profile - Q&A with Ram Iyer, MBA '09

"The only way to keep up with the fast pace of change is to be on the forefront of learning."

Prior to attending Brandeis International Business School (IBS), Ram Iyer held an undergraduate degree in computer science and a solid job in software development. He sought to learn more about other aspects of the business world and knew that a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree was the launching pad he needed. Following time at EMC Corporation, Iyer now serves as the Director of Strategy and Operations at Liberty Mutual in Boston.

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October 31, 2016

Reinventing the Feedback Sandwich

by Andy Molinsky

Is there just one approach to giving professional feedback? Professor Andy Molinsky explores variants on the traditional "feedback sandwich."

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October 21, 2016

Brandeis International Business School Ranked by the Princeton Review

by Samantha Mocle

For the ninth year in a row, the Princeton Review has ranked Brandeis International Business School (IBS) among the 294 best business schools in North America.

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October 19, 2016

Adapting Your Organizational Processes to a New Culture

by Andy Molinsky and Robin Moriarty | Harvard Business Review

Organizational behavior can be difficult to adapt to new companies or new business cultures. Professor Andy Molinsky shares insight on how to proactively make those transitions seamless.

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October 11, 2016

Why Your Partnership Contract is Too Important to be Left to The Lawyers

by Benjamin Gomes-Casseres | Harvard Business Review

Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres shares the importance of contract theory as related to joint ventures, alliances, supply relationships and this year's Nobel prize winners in economics.

Professor Nader Habibi

October 6, 2016

Joblessness in the Middle East

Top of Mind with Julie Rose | BYU Radio

Professor Nader Habibi discusses the concept of overeducation and the social and political impact it could have in the Middle East.

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September 22, 2016

Helping Foreign Students Speak Up

by Andy Molinsky | Inside Higher Ed

Professor Andy Molinsky shares tips on helping international students come out of their cultural comfort zone in the classroom.

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September 9, 2016

When to Stay Inside Your Comfort Zone

by Andy Molinsky | Harvard Business Review

It's important to stretch outside of your comfort zone, but does that mean you can never retreat back? Professor Andy Molinsky points out a number of situations in which it makes perfect sense to stay within comfortable behavior boundaries.

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September 9, 2016

Four Ways to Stand Out From the Crowd to Get Your First Financial Services Job

by Marcia Katz | eFinancialCareers

Director of Career Development Marcia Katz shares tips for recent graduates, current students to land their first job in financial services.

Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres

August 23, 2016

Pfizer to Acquire Medivation for $14 Billiion

by Carolyn Y. Johnson | The Washington Post

Professor Benjamin Gomes-Casseres, an expert on business combinations, mergers and acquisitions, compares the recent Pfizer-Medivation deal to a previous proposed merger with Allergan.

Graddy Petri Announcement

August 15, 2016

Senior Faculty Appointed to Leadership Positions at Brandeis International Business School

Peter Petri, the Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance and a Senior Fellow of the East-West Center, has been appointed interim dean of Brandeis International Business School. Kathryn Graddy, the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Professor in Economics, has been named senior associate dean.

Shaw Lupton

August 11, 2016

5 Questions with Shaw Lupton, Managing Consultant at CoStar Portfolio Strategy

by Urban Land Institute Boston

Brandeis alumnus and adjunct professor Shaw Lupton discusses the future of real estate in Q&A with ULI Boston/New England.

Steve Cecchetti

August 11, 2016

Q&A: What Record Low Interest Rates Mean for Savers, Economy

by The Associated Press

Professor Steve Cecchetti shares the thought process and results behind record-low interest rates.

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August 2, 2016

Does the Federal Reserve Need Reforming?

by Sabri Ben-Achour | Marketplace

Professor Steve Cecchetti discusses influence and impact of bankers on the Federal Reserve System. Listen to the radio segment or read a brief synopsis.

Professor Nader Habibi

August 1, 2016

How Will Turkey's Failed Coup and Massive Purge Affect its Economic Future?

by Nader Habibi | The Conversation

Professor Nader Habibi explores the economic, social and political impact of the recent failed coup in Turkey.

Professor Andy Molinsky

August 1, 2016

If You're Not Outside Your Comfort Zone, You Won't Learn Anything

by Andy Molinsky | Harvard Business Review

Professor Andy Molinsky shares tips for coming out of your comfort zone and ultimately finding success in the process.

Professor Aldo Musacchio

August 1, 2016

As Olympics Approach, Brazil is Feeling the Weight of the World

by Shira Springer | The Boston Globe

Professor Aldo Musacchio shares input on economic impact of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bruce Magid

July 27, 2016

Bruce Magid to Step Down as Dean of Brandeis International Business School

Will join global educational company

Bruce Magid, dean of Brandeis University’s International Business School since 2007, will step down in August to accept a position with a British-based company that specializes in developing international public-private educational partnerships.

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July 13, 2016

"I'm a Bulgarian Banker in London With a Top-Notch U.S. Education."

by efinancialcareers

A Brandeis IBS alumnus shares the impact of politics on maintaining a truly global career.

Shaw Lupton

July 12, 2016

2016's Best Large Cities to Live In: Ask the Experts

by Richie Bernardo | WalletHub

Professor Shaw Lupton shares advice on buying and renting in a big city, and what factors to consider when picking a location to settle in.

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July 12, 2016

Don't Sell a Dull Market Short

by Mark Hulbert | USA TODAY

Professor Blake LeBaron discusses the correlation between stock market trading volume and price.

Professor Aldo Musacchio

July 8, 2016

These Are The Brutal Emergency Measures it Would Take to Pull Venezuela Back From Total Collapse Right Now

by Ana Campoy | Quartz

Professor Aldo Musacchio contributes to a conversation on Venezuela's economic state, suggesting an internal plan to overhaul its own economy.

Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz

July 1, 2016

Ronald D. Liebowitz Takes Office as Ninth Brandeis President

Featured on BrandeisNOW

Ronald D. Liebowitz, a recognized leader in higher education, began his term as the ninth president of Brandeis University.

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June 30, 2016

Why Iran's Anti-American Hardliners Want to Buy US-Made Boeings for Iran Air

by Nader Habibi | The Conversation

Professor Nader Habibi discusses the impact of the "normalization" of US-Iran economic ties on int'l business strategy.

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June 30, 2016

What's Behind These Big Merger Deal Busts?

by Ben Gomes-Casseres | PBS NewsHour

Professor Benjamin Gomes-Casseres cites Louis Brandeis' teachings on the "curse" of big business in examining recent merger failures.

Andy Molinsky

June 27, 2016

Beat These Four Parenting Stressors

by Kara Baskin | Jewish Boston

Professor Andy Molinsky explains how to break out of your comfort zone for better parenting.

Ben Gomes-Casseres

June 26, 2016

What We Can Learn From Merger Deals That Never Happened

by Benjamin Gomes-Casseres | Harvard Business Review

What's the deal behind failed deals? Professor Benjamin Gomes-Casseres shares lessons learned from mergers that never came to fruition.

Mendsaikhan Dashjil, MBA '15

June 21, 2016

#RealWorldReady - Q&A with Mendsaikhan Dashjil, MBA '15

"An understanding of the philosophies and core values of other cultures ultimately makes you comfortable doing business no matter where you're located."

Mendsaikhan (Mendee) Dashjil, MBA ’15 earned his undergraduate degree from the School of Economic Studies at the National University of Mongolia before starting his career in the oil and mining industries. He spent 13 years in private sector development before coming to the United States with his wife and three children to attend the MBA program at Brandeis International Business School (IBS).

June 20, 2016

Brandeis International Business School's MA Program Ranked Among Top 10 in the U.S. for 6th Year in a Row by the Financial Times

by Samantha Mocle

The school was ranked second overall in the United States and first in the country for its percentage of female faculty and students.

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June 15, 2016

Is the LinkedIn Acquisition Microsoft's Attempt to Build Its Own Alphabet?

by Benjamin Gomes-Casseres | Harvard Business Review

Professor Benjamin Gomes-Casseres speculates on the rationale, trajectory and potential innovation behind the recent deal.

Andy Molinsky

June 13, 2016

The Hidden Benefits of Short-Term Business Travel

by Andy Molinsky and Melissa Hahn | Harvard Business Review

Professor Andy Molinsky offers tips on turning a short business trip into a meaningful, cross-cultural exploration.

2016 Graduates

May 22, 2016

Brandeis International Business School graduates urged to transform global challenges into opportunities for impact

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) honored 196 members of the Class of 2016 at its 22nd annual diploma ceremony on Sunday, May 22. The graduates, who span several degree programs and represent 45 countries, gathered in Levin Ballroom with faculty, staff, and friends and family from around the world to celebrate their achievements and hear words of inspiration from keynote speaker Leonard Asper ’86.

Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

May 21, 2016

Brandeis International Business School honors passion and dedication at awards reception

Faculty and staff members recognized for excellence by peers and students

On the eve of the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) diploma ceremony, the school gathered with friends and family to celebrate achievements and recognize outstanding community members.

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May 19, 2016

Put Your Mind To Work

by Ben Gomes-Casseres '76 | BrandeisNOW

Knowledge alone won't change the world. For that, you need an app, says Gomes-Casseres.

Leonard Asper

May 16, 2016

Alumnus Len Asper '86 to Speak at 2016 Diploma Ceremony

Asper to receive Dean's Medal, share remarks with Brandeis International Business School (IBS) graduates

Asper is the current president and CEO of Anthem Sports and Entertainment Corporation, a member of the business school's Board of Overseers and founder of the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship.

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May 12, 2016

After Merger With Office Depot Dies, Staples Shareholders Revolt

by Megan Woolhouse and Deirdre Fernandes | The Boston Globe

Professor Benjamin-Casseres shares insight into the aftermath of the unsuccessful Staples-Office Depot merger.

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May 12, 2016

Antitrust in the Age of Amazon

by Rachel Adams | The New York Times

Professor Benjamin-Casseres talks competition, strategy for businesses in the office supply industry, including Staples, Office Depot and Amazon.

Microsoft BizSpark

May 6, 2016

Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center selected to join Microsoft BizSpark program 

Global program to foster success of Brandeis University startups

Brandeis University’s Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center (HFIC) announced today that it has been selected to join the Microsoft BizSpark Program as a Network Partner.

Tiwonge Ghambi, MBA '11

May 4, 2016

#WorldReadyAlumni - Q&A with Tiwonge Ghambi, MBA '11

Alumna combines passion for helping people with skills in finance

University namesake Justice Louis Brandeis advocated for people to do well in business by doing good for society, a concept that Tiwonge Ghambi, MBA ’11, takes to heart. She currently works at Open Society Foundations, where she merges skills with passion to make the world a better place.

Noor Menai

April 26, 2016

Noor Menai Joins Brandeis International Business School Board of Overseers

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) announced today that Noor Menai, president and CEO of CTBC Bank USA, has joined its board of overseers.

Felix Liu Ku '15, MA '16

April 19, 2016

Brandeis Inside Out: Felix Liu Ku '15, MA '16

by Samantha Mocle | BrandeisNOW

An economics/business double major fascinated by mergers and acquisitions merges into campus life and acquires job before graduation.

Werner de Merode, MBA '10

April 18, 2016

#WorldReadyAlumni - Q&A with Werner de Merode, MBA '10

"If you build the right career relationships along the way, you don't need to worry about planning too far into the future."

Werner de Merode spent his childhood making the world his home. After attending Brandeis IBS' MBA program to enhance his quantitative skills, he held finance positions at Staples for six years. He recently began a new role at McKinsey & Company, where he'll be working on strategic planning and analysis.

3DS 2016

April 12, 2016

From Coffee to Creation: A Weekend in the Life of a Brandeis Entrepreneur

by Halley Saul '17

The Brandeis 3 Day Start-Up (3DS) event asks students to brainstorm, develop and ultimately pitch a start-up business proposal to industry professionals in just 48 hours. 2016 participant Joseph Kaminsky, '16 walks us through the experience.

ALPFA leaders present to peers

April 5, 2016

Pass it On: ALPFA Student Leaders Share Best Practices

by Halley Saul '17

Leading a professional organization is no small task, but Daniela Huesca, MA ’16, and Nicholas Liew, MA ’16, have found a few keys to success.

Nils Teissier du Cros, MBA '11

April 1, 2016

#WorldReadyAlumni - Q&A with Nils Teissier du Cros

MBA Alumnus Part of Kuvee "Smart Bottle" Launch Team

"Making a move into the startup world is a great learning experience in an incredibly rewarding industry."

Geir H. Haarde with students and Peter Petri

March 30, 2016

Four Questions with Geir H. Haarde '73, Former Prime Minister of Iceland

Haarde discusses his time as a Brandeis undergraduate, lessons learned from the field, and advice for students seeking careers in economics, finance, and politics.

Peter Petri

March 24, 2016

How Trump's Hard Line on Trade Could Backfire

by Bob Davis | The Wall Street Journal

Professor Peter Petri discusses the potential economic impact of Republican candidate Donald Trump's trade proposals.

Tim Neunzig, MA '11

March 22, 2016

World Ready Alumni - Q&A with Tim Neunzig, MA '10

"Be true to your authentic self. Know your strengths and what you are truly about." The Facebook employee reflects on his time at Brandeis IBS and shares advice from the field.

Professor Andy Molinsky

March 21, 2016

5 Tips for Managing Successful Overseas Assignments

by Andy Molinsky and Melissa Hahn | Harvard Business Review

Professor Andy Molinsky provides tips for maximizing the ROI of overseas assignments.

Kate Goldfield and Viola Morse

March 17, 2016

#WorldReadyWomen - Q&A with Kate Goldfield and Viola Morse

The associate dean and director of Administration and Student Services share their insights on what it takes to succeed.

MBA Program Director Grace Zimmerman

March 10, 2016

#WorldReadyWomen - Q&A with Professor Grace Zimmerman - PART 2

"I believe that women will be fully liberated when men are also liberated and when both care about work-life balance equally."

MBA Program Director Grace Zimmerman

March 9, 2016

#WorldReadyWomen - Q&A with Professor Grace Zimmerman - PART 1

"When companies don’t recognize that and think women should behave just like men, they inadvertently undermine the value that we can bring."

March 8, 2016

The One Thing That Will Get More Women in the C-Suite

by Kate R. Salop | Fortune

On International Women's Day 2016, Senior Administrative Dean Kate Salop calls for advancements, increase in opportunities for women in business to achieve gender parity.

Emily Rumanek, MA '07, MBA '09

March 7, 2016

#WorldReadyWomen - Q&A with Emily Rumanek, MA '07, MBA '09

"Success is when I am happy and proud of what I’m doing. Titles don’t matter. What you’re doing and how much you’re learning from it does."

Pia Layon, MBA '10

March 7, 2016

#WorldReadyWomen - Q&A with Pia Layon, MBA '10

"I don’t accept that my race or gender is a hurdle. Those are my strengths – they are my ability to see things a different way."

CFA Research Challenge Winning Team

March 4, 2016

Winning the World

Brandeis IBS students take top honors against Ivy League competitors in experiential learning competitions

by Theresa Gaffney, '16 In the span of one week, student teams from Brandeis International Business School (IBS) beat such competitors as Columbia, Yale and Tufts in local, national and global business competitions.

February 26, 2016

Brandeis Students Sweep Contest to Find the Next Great Tycoon

by Megan Woolhouse | The Boston Globe

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) students took the top three places in Ansarada's M&A Deal Maker Game, beating out Columbia, Yale and Wharton competitors through negotiating and informed, smart decision making.

Professor Andy Molinsky

February 23, 2016

5 Key Mistakes When Delivering Bad News

by Andy Molinsky | LinkedIn

Delivering bad news can get emotional for managers. Professor Andy Molinsky identifies five common pitfalls to avoid.

February 18, 2016

Practice for Tough Situations as You'd Practice a Sport

by Andy Molinsky | Harvard Business Review

Professor Andy Molinsky advises that in order "to learn soft skills in a way that truly prepares us for what we’ll face when it really matters, we can take a few lessons from a different arena where learning, development, and performance are essential: professional sports."

Dean Bruce Magid

February 18, 2016

Venezuela Taking Tiny Steps Toward Fixing Economy

by Hannah Dreier | Associated Press

Can Venezuela's economy be saved? Or is it too little, too late? Dean Magid shares his perspective on the country's situation.

Satyam Panday

February 12, 2016

World Ready Research - Q&A with Satyam Panday, PhD '13

"Don't be afraid to take on projects that are out of your comfort zone - these provide the most valuable learning experiences."

February 11, 2016

Mastering the Sport of Global Business Communication

by Andy Molinsky | LinkedIn

Professor Molinsky draws inspiration from the world of sports to provide tips on successful global business communication.

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January 27, 2016

As Sanctions on Iran Are Lifted, Many U.S. Business Restrictions Remain

by Jim Zarroli | NPR

According to Professor Nader Habibi, many European firms are eager to enter into Iranian markets looking for partnership and investment opportunities following the lifting of nuclear sanctions.

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January 27, 2016

What Flint's Water Crisis Means for the Future of U.S. Cities

by Daniel Bergstresser | Fortune

Professor Daniel Bergstresser discusses the lessons U.S. cities can learn from the Flint Water Crisis, urges officials to invest in national infrastructure upgrades.

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January 26, 2016

Modeling the Economic Impact of the TPP

by Tracey Samuelson | Marketplace

Professor Peter Petri helped develop an economic model to project the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. Hear how it works, starting with the push of a button.

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January 26, 2016

Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Would Lift U.S. Incomes, But Not Jobs Overall, Study Says

by Jackie Calmes | The New York Times

A new study from Professor Peter Petri and Michael G. Plummer of Johns Hopkins University projects the impact of the TPP on U.S. jobs, imports, exports, and more.

January 25, 2016

'Landmark' Pacific Rim Trade Deal Could Boost U.S. Exports

by David Nakamura and Jim Tankersley | The Washington Post

Professor Peter Petri discusses potential impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. economy.

Eugene Kiselev, PhD '13

January 20, 2016

World Ready Research- Q&A with PhD Alumnus Eugene Kiselev

Find a job that you genuinely like, and don't be scared of the adjustment period, says Kiselev. "You were hired because of your abilities and confidence. You'll pick things up quickly."

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January 20, 2016

Where are Iran's Billions in Frozen Assets, and How Soon Will it Get Them Back?

by Matt Pearce | Los Angeles Times

Professor Nader Habibi weighs in on the impact of lifted nuclear sanctions in Iran on its frozen funds.

January 17, 2016

Is There a Global Business Code?

by Andy Molinsky | LinkedIn

Professor Molinsky discusses "global business code” -- a distinct, recognizable blend of many different cultural styles all rolled into one.

January 12, 2016

How to Manage Cultural Differences in Global Teams

by Ellen Sheng | Fast Company

Professor Andy Molinsky shares tips on how to adapt work culture to fix common areas of conflict within global teams.

Alexei Ponomarov, MBA '12

January 8, 2016

World Ready Alumni - Q&A with Alexei Ponomarov, MBA '12

"It's critical to adapt to new environments. I recommend finding a balance between school, professional, and personal life, and exercising a lot of patience."

Professor George Hall

January 8, 2016

America, Its Public Debt and the World Economy

by Julian Cardillo '14 | BrandeisNOW

Professor George Hall calculates the impact of America's debt on the international economy and U.S. domestic policy.

January 7, 2016

Pacific Trade Pact Set to Give Big Boost to Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia

by William Mauldin | Wall Street Journal

A new study from Professor Peter Petri on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is featured in The Wall Street Journal.