How the 2019 gubernatorial race impacted Kentucky’s early COVID-19 experience

When Democratic candidate Andy Beshear defeated Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in the 2019 election, no one could have predicted that COVID-19 would define his term. In a recent study published by PLOS One, UofL economist Dr. Joshua Pinkston and sever…

When Democratic candidate Andy Beshear defeated Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in the 2019 election, no one could have predicted that COVID-19 would define his term. In a recent study published by PLOS One, UofL economist Dr. Joshua Pinkston and several other researchers examined the impact of early social distancing policies on the pandemic in Kentucky....

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What factors influence climate change policy?

Perhaps the only thing hotter than the heatwave that hit the Pacific Northwest earlier this summer is the debate on climate policy itself. Over the last twenty years, it’s gone from being a topic raised by environmental groups to being part of politica…

Perhaps the only thing hotter than the heatwave that hit the Pacific Northwest earlier this summer is the debate on climate policy itself. Over the last twenty years, it’s gone from being a topic raised by environmental groups to being part of political platforms and campaign talking points. There is little doubt that climate policy...

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Impactful Algorithms

It’s safe to say that the age-old debate between free will and pre-determination never considered social media, let alone algorithms. The role and purpose this technology plays in our daily digital life has become not only yoked to our habits; they blu…

It’s safe to say that the age-old debate between free will and pre-determination never considered social media, let alone algorithms. The role and purpose this technology plays in our daily digital life has become not only yoked to our habits; they blur the line between passive and active decision-making. For those who knew a time...

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Regulation Brewing

Prohibition’s legacy is the subject of a chapter in Regulation and Economic Opportunity: Blueprints for Reform. It was written by Director of the Center for Free Enterprise, Stephan Gohmann, PhD, and Johnson & Wales University Assistant Profes…

Prohibition’s legacy is the subject of a chapter in Regulation and Economic Opportunity: Blueprints for Reform. It was written by Director of the Center for Free Enterprise, Stephan Gohmann, PhD, and Johnson & Wales University Assistant Professor of Economics Adam C. Smith, PhD. “’Blue Laws’ and Other Cases of Bootlegger/Baptist Influence in Beer Regulation” documents some...

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Branding a Family Legacy

Family businesses were front and center with the second annual Louisville Business First/UofL Family Business Awards. This event showcased the diverse range of multigenerational businesses in the Louisville metro area. The awards highlight the long-sta…

Family businesses were front and center with the second annual Louisville Business First/UofL Family Business Awards. This event showcased the diverse range of multigenerational businesses in the Louisville metro area. The awards highlight the long-standing contributions family businesses make for not just the region but the world itself. When we hear the phrase family business or...

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What Essential Workers Buy to Stay Connected

This past year has demonstrated the power and impact technology and essential workers play in our ability to stay connected, and all of the wonderful complications that come with adapting to dramatic change. Think about it—many of us are working from h…

This past year has demonstrated the power and impact technology and essential workers play in our ability to stay connected, and all of the wonderful complications that come with adapting to dramatic change. Think about it—many of us are working from home, seeing our co-workers on a computer screen, but have not seen them in-person...

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How the Pandemic Changed our Commute

For those of us who have spent the last year working from home, the pandemic has re-written the book for our typical 9-to-5 existence. Our morning commute is much shorter (perhaps from one end of the house to the other), business casual took on a diffe…

For those of us who have spent the last year working from home, the pandemic has re-written the book for our typical 9-to-5 existence. Our morning commute is much shorter (perhaps from one end of the house to the other), business casual took on a different meaning, and Zoom-fatigue became embedded into our common language....

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