An hereditary meritocracy – 01/23/15
Article cites research by Professor Lauren Rivera that found that while the law firms, banks and consultancies where starting salaries are highest did not intend to recruit students from wealthy backgrounds, the companies had a penchant for graduates who had been to well-known universities and played varsity sports.
How Social Networks Can Keep The Poor Down And The Rich Up – 01/21/15
Article by Professor Ned Smith about his study that found that people who view themselves as having high socio-economic status widened their networks when their jobs were at risk. Those who viewed themselves as low-status remembered their networks as smaller and less diverse, contributing to long-term job displacement among low-status individuals and to wealth disparity in general.
Harvard Business Review
The Pros and Cons of Doing One Thing at a Time – 01/20/15
Article reports on research by Professor Nicola Persico that found that completing tasks sequentially is more efficient than working on many tasks at once. In a study of Italian judges, heavy jugglers took longer to complete their portfolios and were less likely to complete their cases in a given time period.