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The top 10 MIT Sloan stories of 2016–2017

A new look at the housing crisis, “30 Under 30” entrepreneurs, and platform strategy led headlines this year.

By Zach Church  |  June 8, 2017

Take a look back at the most-read MIT Sloan news stories of the 2016–2017 school year.

1. Finance professor Antoinette Schoar cast into doubt the central storyline of the 2008 housing crisis — that it was driven by subprime borrowers.

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2. Seventeen MIT entrepreneurs were named to the 2017 Forbes “30 Under 30” lists.

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3. We rounded up essential reading about developing and implementing a platform strategy.

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4. In a new book, alumnus Ali Almossawi explained how to use algorithms to solve everyday problems.

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5. The MIT Sloan Master of Finance degree received a federal designation as a science, technology, engineering, and math program, allowing graduates from other countries to work in the U.S. for longer.

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6. Faculty members discussed the economic implications of a $15 minimum wage.

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7. Seventeen new MIT startups — pitching everything from a device to reduce infections in chemotherapy patients to an on-demand wardrobe for “boss ladies”— debuted in September.

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8. Assistant Professor Christian Catalini explained blockchain and how the buzzed-about technology could upend every industry.

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9. Three MIT-born fintech startups sought new ways to evaluate borrowers, making loans to small businesses in Latin America, international students in the United States, and graduate students.

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10. MBA student Juliana Kerrest reported back on her work at AeroFarms, the world’s largest vertical farm.

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