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The Hindu, 4/1/2009
Overconfidence can lead to resistance to feedback, research shows
Overconfidence can lead someone to fail to listen to others properly, resist feedback and learning opportunities, according to research by Don Moore, Carnegie Bosch Faculty Development Chair; Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior & Theory. Moore’s research also shows that overconfident people can become convinced that others are incompetent. URL for this article: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/jobs/0904/2009040150010100.htm

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4/2/2009
Entrepreneurs should focus on the essentials, professor says
Would-be entrepreneurs should focus on what’s essential about their products and services, according to R.F. Culbertson, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. Services with narrow scope or products with high barriers to market entry are not likely to succeed, he notes. URL for this article: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09092/960005-28.stm

Asbury Park Press, 4/5/2009
Meltzer calls notion of a regulator ‘a joke’
The idea that a new regulator will be able to determine what’s risky and what’s not is “a joke,” says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Instead, Meltzer says bankers should be motivated to make better judgments by being allowed to fail if they make bad decisions. URL for this article: http://www.app.com/article/20090405/BUSINESS/904050318/1003

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/5/2009
Meltzer: Banks should have to raise capital in the market
The government should require banks that need capital to raise it in the market, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says the Treasury Department should only back-stop banks’ capital raising, even if banks don’t like that idea. URL for this article: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_619273.html

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/9/2009
Apt: Hackers entering control systems for power grid is not surprising
A report that spies have hacked into computer systems controlling the nation’s power grid comes as no surprise to Jay Apt, Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Associate Research Professor, Distinguished Service Professor in Engineering and Public Policy. Apt says data access generally leads to control access, and experts have been urging for security over control systems for years. URL for this article: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/nation/s_619873.html

The Times (U.K.), 4/9/2009
Times ranks Carnegie Mellon seventh in economics, business
Carnegie Mellon ranks seventh in a ranking of top institutions in economics and business. The ranking was done by The Times in the United Kingdom.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 4/12/2009
Meltzer: Economic recovery will be slow
A slow economic recovery with no help from the usual housing boom is being projected by Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says inflation will pose the biggest problem in coming years. URL for this article: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_620264.html

Bloomberg, 4/13/2009
Meltzer: Inflation will rise above 1970s levels
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s efforts to spur growth may result in a higher cost of living, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer predicts that inflation will get higher than it was in the 1970s. URL for this article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a_MAnlf41cu4&refer=us

MSNBC.com, 4/13/2009
Carbon reduction will benefit nuclear, coal industries, says Lave
An emphasis on reducing carbon emissions will benefit renewable sources of energy, as well as nuclear power and coal, according to Lester Lave, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Economics and University Professor; Director, Carnegie Mellon Green Design Initiative; Co-Director, Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. Whether the boost to the nuclear industry is long-lived will depend on the cost and performance of the first four to eight units built during the next 10 years, he says. URL for this article: http://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=11864

Bloomberg, 4/13/2009
Meltzer: Bernanke’s programs may result in a higher cost of living
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s programs may result in a higher cost of living, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Rising costs erode the value of fixed payments from bonds. URL for this article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aqktM08jjayY&refer=home

The National, 4/14/2009
Fed strategies may be foiled, Meltzer says
Quantitative easing will create 1970s-style inflation and stagflation, according to Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. That prediction comes in the wake of warnings that losses of up to $4 trillion in U.S.-issued mortgages and related securities are offsetting the Federal Reserve’s strategies. URL for this article: http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090414/BUSINESS/179934845/-1/OPINION

Securities Law Daily News, 4/15/2009
Spatt: Federal regulators should not blame short sales
Short sales did not contribute to the current financial crisis, according to Chester Spatt, Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance; Director, Center for Financial Markets. Spatt says federal regulators should instead be concerned with banking reform, clearing and settlement of swaps, and leverage requirements. A URL for this article is unavailable. For a complete copy of the text, please contact Barbara Feldman.

Stanford Business, 4/16/2009
Moore: Auditors have trouble with objectivity
The relationship between accounting firms and their clients makes it impossible for auditors to be objective, according to Don Moore, Carnegie Bosch Faculty Development Chair; Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior & Theory. Auditors want smooth working relationships with their clients, so they have an incentive not to ask awkward questions. URL for this article: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/bmag/sbsm0808/feature-preventcheating.html?cmpid=topstories

Bloomberg, 4/17/2009
Output gap theory gets reality check from Meltzer, Goodfriend
Output gap theory is getting some reality checks from Marvin Goodfriend, Professor of Economics; Chairman, The Gailliot Center for Public Policy. Likewise commenting is Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy, who points to 1970s and 1980s-era Brazil as one example of a country with underutilized resources and high inflation. URL for this article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601110&sid=aH5aC1xJv4Vs

American Enterprise Institute, 4/17/2009
Meltzer: Fed has created uncertainty
By becoming a lender of last resort, the Federal Reserve has created great uncertainty, which is bad policymaking, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer believes the Fed should extend FDICIA to all financial firms. URL for this article: http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.29731,filter.economic/pub_detail.asp

Vanguard, 4/20/2009
Kydland expected at Nigerian summit
Renowned economists and policy analysts from across the world are expected in Nigeria to discuss food insecurity and poverty ravaging the country. Among them is Finn Kydland, The Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship; University Professor of Economics, Nobel Laureate (2004). URL for this article: http://allafrica.com/stories/200904200312.html

Houston Chronicle, 4/20/2009
Tepper School team wins Rice Business Plan Competition
A team from the Tepper School won the grand prize at the Rice Business Plan Competition. Dynamics, founded by MBA candidates Jeff Mullen and Brad Carpenter, produces next-generation interactive payment cards that utilize programmable magnetic stripes to communicate dynamic information. URL for this article: https://sites.stockpoint.com/dain/newspaper.asp?site=D&Mode=Investment&Story=20090420/110e6043.xml

New York Times, 4/20/2009
Blattberg: Fear of job loss is relatively high
Fear of job loss is relatively high right now, says Robert Blattberg, Timothy W. McGuire Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing; Executive Director, Center for Marketing Technology and Information. Even if the chances are two in 100, people are afraid they’ll be one of the two, he says. URL for this article: http://www.ocala.com/article/20090420/ZNYT01/904203006?Title=Sellers-Woo-Shoppers-With-Guarantees-to-Address-Layoff-Worries

New York Times, 4/22/2009
Apt: Renewables need backup from gas and coal
Some combination of gas- or coal-fired operations will be needed to fulfill energy demands in the future, says Jay Apt, Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, Associate Research Professor, Distinguished Service Professor in Engineering and Public Policy. Apt says such sources are necessary to provide power when it’s not available from renewable resources like wind. URL for this article: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/04/22/22greenwire-no-need-to-build-new-us-coal-or-nuclear-plants-10630.html

U.S. News & World Report, 4/23/2009
Tepper rises in U.S. News & World Report rankings
The Tepper School was ranked 15th overall by U.S. News & World Report, up from 17th last year. The magazine ranked the school’s Information Systems No. 2, Production/Operations No. 2, and Supply Chain/Logistics No. 3. URL for business school rankings index: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/rankings

BNet, 4/24/2009
Optimistic bosses help business, says Moore
When a boss is optimistic, business benefits, according to Don Moore, Carnegie Bosch Faculty Development Chair; Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior & Theory. Moore says optimism makes for persuasive and effective leaders. URL for this article: http://www.bnet.com/2403-13056_23-290516.html

Smart Money, 4/24/2009
Meltzer: Fed lacks political will
Political pressure on the Federal Reserve is irresistible, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Meltzer says he has no doubt the Fed has the technical capacity to find the right strategies; what he doubts is that the central bank as the political will. URL for this article: http://www.smartmoney.com/Investing/Economy/Golds-Luster-Still-Shines/

The Tartan, 4/27/2009
1980s generation wants to return to the nest, says Culbertson
The 1980s generation follows an era of extremely hurried behavior, and is now operating in the opposite direction, says R.F. Culbertson, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship. Culbertson says this generation wants to return to the nest and live in security. URL for this article: http://www.thetartan.org/2009/4/27/news/summer

Bloomberg, 4/28/2009
Meltzer: More aggression necessary to curb inflation
Policymakers should be more aggressive than in the past about stopping inflation, says Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Federal Reserve officials are relying on interest paid on bank reserves to help curb inflation once the economy stabilizes. URL for this article: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=a6k7NCnbwpJg&refer=news

Associated Press, 4/28/2009
Meltzer: Obama’s record does not measure up to rhetoric
President Obama’s record does not match up to his rhetoric, according to Allan Meltzer, The Allan H. Meltzer University Professor of Political Economy. Obama faces battles on some key fronts, such as taxes. URL for this article: http://www.dailymail.com/ap/ApBusiness/200904280829

BusinessWeek, 4/28/2009
Spatt: Banks need bailout money to shore up capital base
The Obama administration has criticized banks for not lending more of its bailout money, according to Chester Spatt, Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance; Director, Center for Financial Markets. However, Spatt points out that the banks took the money in distress and to shore up their capital base. URL for this article: http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/apr2009/db20090428_395895.htm

The Straits Times (Singapore), 4/29/2009
Srinivasan named to professorship endowed by alumnus
Kannan Srinivasan, H.J. Heinz II Professor of Management, Marketing and Information Systems, is the first recipient of a professorship established by Tepper School alumnus Rohet Tolani, who earned an MSIA in 1977. Mark Burd, Director of Public Relations for the Tepper School, says the university is delighted at the endowment. http://meltwaternews.com/prerobot/sph.asp?pub=ST&sphurl=www.straitstimes.com//Money/Story/STIStory_369429.html

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