New Study Shows Social Capital as Key Driver of Small Business

A community’s social capital – the level of trust and cooperation among residents – is conventionally associated with the likes of higher SAT scores and less youth violence. But a new study drawn from Payment Protection Program (PPP) and U.S. Census data shows that the same metric also correlates positively with business development.

Smith Master of Finance Rises to No. 2 in U.S.

The Master of Finance program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business climbed to No. 2 in the United States in a Financial Times report published on June 18, 2018. The Smith School debuted in the ranking at No. 4 in 2017. Overall, the school improved from No. 38 to No. 30 in the Financial Times annual report, which assigns scores in 17 performance categories. Only MIT Sloan School of Management ranked higher among U.S. programs.

Fearless Idea 28: Close the Gender Wage Gap

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — Something inequitable happens when men and women with similar jobs get laid off at the same time from the same companies, and then move to the same new employer. The gender wage gap — whatever it was before — widens during the transition. Only one factor helps to soften the outcome. A study co-authored by professor Liu Yang at the University of Maryland’s Robert H.

Closing the Gender Wage Gap

By Liu Yang SMITH BRAIN TRUST -- Executive orders from the White House in 2014 rekindled a decades-long debate about gender pay disparities that persist in corporate America. Some blame the gap on lingering workplace biases that protect the C suite as the domain of men. Others dismiss the problem as overstated, citing the choices that women often make to sacrifice career advancement in favor of family.

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Career setbacks hit U.S. women harder than men, but a new study from the Smith School provides clues for closing the gender pay gaps that persist in corporate America.

New Study Shows How Gender Pay Gap Widens

Effect Reduced at Firms Where a Majority of Senior Leaders Are Women COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Women wage earners suffer more than men when they leave similar jobs at the same company and relocate to the same new employer following layoffs, a first-of-its-kind study from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business shows. The gender pay gap widens during the transition regardless of age, race, education or seniority, although the effects are less pronounced at firms where a majority of senior leaders are women.

Room for Equity?

Research by Liu Yang Female corporate leadership can neutralize the gender wage disparity Firms can take advantage of capable women leaders and position them to nurture a culture of gender equity and subsequent broader base of incentivized workers that feel treated fairly

Do Public Firms Get a Bad Rap?

Pressure to deliver quarterly returns can drive managerial myopia. Recent studies link the short-termism to Wall Street culture and dynamics. But a deeper analysis tells a different story.

Seize Growth Opportunities

Public firms grow faster and respond better to positive demand shocks in the first five years after an initial public offering than firms that stay private, new research co-authored by Smith School professor Liu Yang shows.

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