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University students attend a protest inside Tehran University as anti-riot Iranian police prevent them from joining other protesters. AP Photo

Why Iran’s protests matter this time

Although the unrest that shocked Iran's ruling elite appears to be over, there are several reasons to think this won't be the last time disaffected citizens take to the streets.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vows he will fight to protect his state from fallout from the new tax law. AP Photo/Hans Pennink

Why states may get away with creative income tax maneuvers

New York, California and other high-tax states are angling to use the charitable deduction and state payroll taxes as workarounds to shield both their residents and their revenue.
Some telemarketers retain nearly all of the charitable dollars they solicit. Gajus/Shutterstock.com

When charities let telemarketers gouge donors

For-profit fundraisers often keep more of the money they collect on behalf of nonprofits than they should but Ohio's attorney general is accusing a charity of serving as an accomplice to a crime.
Richard Thaler, laureate in economics, receives his Nobel in Stockholm in December. TT News Agency/Jonas Ekstromer via Reuters

Behavioral economics finally goes mainstream: 4 essential reads

After two Nobel prize wins for behavioral economists, the burgeoning field has demonstrated its importance in shaping effective economic and government policy.
To mark its 30th anniversary in business, the national PetSmart chain is donating enough food to serve animals in need an estimated 60 million meals. Sandy Huffaker/AP Images for PetSmart

Giving and fundraising: 4 essential reads

Ever wondered which fundraising appeals work best or what kind of charitable donations are ideal after disasters strike?
Most of the growing number of jobs in the solar industry have more to do with maintaining and installing panels than manufacturing them. only_kim/Shutterstock.com

Better ways to foster solar innovation and save jobs

The Trump administration can boost domestic solar panel manufacturing without slapping duties on all imports.
You probably don’t remember the Kathie Lee sweatshop scandal of the mid-1990s. What about the more recent debacles? AP Photo/Michael Schmelling

Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically

People who see themselves as conscientious consumers often buy items made by companies that violate their values because it's hard to keep that information in mind.
Protesters have sought for years to force Exxon Mobil to disclose the risks it faces due to climate change and to do more to minimize them. AP Photo/LM Otero

Exxon Mobil’s about-face on climate disclosure

The oil giant is bowing to pressure exerted by shareholders and the authorities as it tries to catch up with its competitors.
Companies with no-tipping policies can affect customer satisfaction. Pra Chid/Shutterstock.com

How the war on tipping harms customers

Some observers say we should eliminate tipping in restaurants because of the negative impact on workers. But how do customers feel about that?