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Knowledge@Wharton: March 28, 2019

Today on Knowledge@Wharton … In what some are calling the “Therexit,” British Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons she will resign if her United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union passes. This was not enough to get a vote yesterday as Parliament also rejected eight other alternatives. Lawmakers will be debating this again tomorrow so Mrs. May may get another shot at her plan. Time is running out for them to either find an agreeable solution and leave the EU on May 22, or face a “hard Brexit” with no deal on April 12. With more on this, we are joined by ERIK JONES, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy and Director of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and HAROLD JAMES, Professor of European Studies and Director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society at Princeton University.

Then, today is the opening day of major league baseball season. The sport has been influenced in recent years by big data and analytics to determine the best players. But traditionally, this has also been done by scouting… using visual evidence to see who is the most talented. And while the two sides may seem very far apart, a new book explains this isn’t always the case. Our guest, CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS, Assistant Professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University, and his new book is Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know About Baseball.

Next, planning for the cost of college is a certainty for most parents with children. Just this week Minnesota Senator Tina Smith and Iowa’s two senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, introduced three bills to empower students and their families to access better information to avoid sticker shock. Colleges receiving federal student aid have actually been required to post a net price calculator on their website since 2011. But a new study from the Alliance for higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education looked at 80 public and private institutions and found flaws in this system. Their research showed some “net price calculators” are difficult to find, don’t consistently work, or provide information that is confusing or misleading. The brief suggests ideas to correct the issues so that families don’t end up in economic peril. Explaining her study is LAURA PERNA, lead researcher of the report, Executive Director of Penn AHEAD, and Professor at Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

Finally, is it easier for an incompetent man to get a leadership role than it is for an accomplished and competent woman? The answer is yes …. according to our guest DR. TOMAS CHAMORRO PREMUZIC. The Chief Talent Scientist at Manpower Group, and Professor of Business Psychology at University College, London and Columbia University finds the issue behind the of lack of female leaderships can be linked to the problem of differentiating confidence and competence. A man who displays a strong, all-knowing, and perhaps even charming, personality can mask incompetence in their job. He also learned that while women tend to be more humble and sensitive, scientific evidence shows that they are more likely to adopt more effective leadership strategies than their male counterparts. His new book is Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders (And How To Fix It).

Air Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 on SiriusXM 132

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Erik Jones and Harold James

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Featuring: Erik Jones, Harold James

Christopher Phillips

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Featuring: Christopher Phillips

Laura Perna

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Featuring: Laura Perna

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

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Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Chief Talent Scientist, ManpowerGroup


Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, talent management, leadership development, and people analytics. He is the Chief Talent Scientist at Manpower Group, co-founder of Deeper Signals and Metaprofiling, and Professor of Business Psychology at both University College London, and Columbia University. He has previously held academic positions at New York University and the London School of Economics, and lectured at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, London Business School, Johns Hopkins, IMD, and INSEAD, as well as being the CEO at Hogan Assessment Systems. Dr. Tomas has published 9 books and over 130 scientific papers (h index 58), making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation.
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Erik Jones

Director of European and Uraisan Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy, Johns Hopkins University


Erik Jones is Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). His most recent book is a collection of short essays called The Year the European Crisis Ended (2014). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012) and The Oxford Handbook of Italian Politics (2015). Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship.

Professor Jones is a frequent commentator on European politics and political economy whose contributions have been published in, among others, Financial Times, New York Times, USA Today, and newspapers and magazines across Europe. He has written extensively on European monetary integration and macroeconomic governance and has been active in public debates about the European response to the global economic and financial crisis. Professor Jones is co-editor of Government and Opposition and he is a contributing editor to the Institute for International and Strategic Studies Journal Survival.

Jones earned his AB at Princeton University (1988) and his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS (1990, 1996). Prior to joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins, he worked at the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Central European University and the University of Nottingham. A US citizen, Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty-five years.

Twitter – @Erik_Jones_SAIS
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Harold James

Professor in European Studies, Princeton University


Harold James studies economic and financial history and modern German history. He was a fellow of Peterhouse for eight years before coming to Princeton University in 1986. His books include a study of the interwar depression in Germany, The German Slump (1986); an analysis of the changing character of national identity in Germany, A German Identity 1770-1990 (1989) (both books are also available in German); and International Monetary Cooperation Since Bretton Woods (1996). He was also coauthor of a history of Deutsche Bank (1995), which won the Financial Times Global Business Book Award in 1996, and he wrote The Deutsche Bank and the Nazi Economic War Against the Jews (2001). His most recent works are The End of Globalization: Lessons from the Great Depression (2001), which is also available in Chinese, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish, and Europe Reborn: A History 1914-2000 (2003). Forthcoming publications are: The Roman Predicament: How the Rules of International Order Create the Politics of Empire (2006) and Family Capitalism: Wendels, Haniels and Falcks (2006). In 2004 he was awarded the Helmut Schmidt Prize for Economic History, and in 2005 the Ludwig Erhard Prize for writing about economics. He is chairman of the Editorial Board of World Politics. Ph.D Cambridge University. – See more at: http://wws.princeton.edu/faculty-research/faculty/hjames#sthash.qUllgHjE.dpuf
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Christopher Phillips

Head, Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services


Christopher Philips, CFA, heads Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services, which assists and counsels institutional clients, including defined benefit plans, endowments, and foundations. Previously, he led a team of investment-only relationship managers in Vanguard Institutional Investor Services, and served as an senior investment analyst in Vanguard Investment Strategy Group, where he wrote and presented research on various topics, including international investing, indexing, and benchmark selection. He joined Vanguard in 2000. Mr. Philips earned a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and is a CFA® charterholder.

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Laura Perna

Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education


Laura W. Perna is a James S. Riepe Professor and founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also serving as past chair of the Faculty Senate at the University of Pennsylvania, chair of the Higher Education Division of the Graduate School of Education, faculty fellow of the Institute for Urban Research, faculty affiliate of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, and member of the advisory board for the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. She holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her master’s in public policy and Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan.

She has held leadership positions in the primary national associations in the field of higher education administration. Dr. Perna served as President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) from 2014 to 2015 and Vice President of the American Educational Research Association’s Division J (Postsecondary Education) from 2010 to 2013 and now is a member of the AERA Grants Governing Board. She has been on the editorial boards of leading journals including American Education Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Academe, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Research in Higher Education. She is now co-editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.

In 2003, Dr. Perna received the Promising Scholar/Early Career Achievement Award from ASHE. Penn honored her in 2010 with the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. She received the 2010 Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. In 2014, Dr. Perna was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a Penn Fellow, and the inaugural James S. Riepe Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Twitter – @lauraperna1
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