CBR’s favourite charts of 2016

Here are a handful of data visualizations by Chicago Booth Review from 2016 that prove facts can be beautiful


To study the impact of research expenditure on scientific productivity, Harvard’s Haris Tabakovic and Chicago Booth’s Thomas Wollmann look to an unlikely source: the variation in expenditures created by unexpected college football outcomes. Photo: Getty Images
To study the impact of research expenditure on scientific productivity, Harvard’s Haris Tabakovic and Chicago Booth’s Thomas Wollmann look to an unlikely source: the variation in expenditures created by unexpected college football outcomes. Photo: Getty Images

At Chicago Booth Review (CBR), we’re suckers for the stories that numbers can tell. We have a soft spot for hard data, and we have made it our mission to make that data as visually appealing as it is scientifically powerful. In that regard, 2016 has been a banner year: we published more than 80 charts, infographics, tables, and maps over the span of our four print issues, with even more online. They helped us understand everything from how college football success affects academic research to the factors that predict who will become a CEO. And though it’s said the truth isn’t pretty, here are a handful of data visualizations from 2016 that prove facts can be beautiful.

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