Using the Early History of Jazz as a Case Study for Innovation, Marketing and More

Damon Phillips' book Shaping Jazz, published late last year, describes how the racial dynamics of the early 20th century and record company executives’ aspirations to join the cultural elite shaped what we now know as jazz. While the music was popular and provided an opportunity for new companies to make money, it was mostly associated with African Americans as well as immigrants considered low class—Italians, Irish and Jews.


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Columbia Economists Use Soccer Balls to Study the Adoption of Innovative Technology

In their research on soccer ball manufacturers, Eric Verhoogen and Amit Khandelwal found that how workers are paid, and whether or not incentives are offered, can promote or stifle the adoption of a new technology.


A Monster for All Ages and Cultures: Godzilla Resonates for East Asian Scholar slide show

This spring, Godzilla has been wreaking havoc worldwide as the latest incarnation of the skyscraper-sized lizard stomps its way back onto the silver screen. The 2014 reboot of the iconic film franchise also highlights an enduring research interest of Gregory M. Pflugfelder, an associate professor of Japanese history at Columbia.

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