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Fed's choice to hold steady on monetary policy "right decision," says Justin Wolfers

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

After months of debate over a potential taper, Chairman Bernanke announced that the Fed will hold off tightening the quantitative easing policies enacted after the Great Recession.

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U.S. poverty has held steady, despite growing income inequality, says Sheldon Danziger in New York Times op-ed

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sheldon H. Danziger's New York Times op-ed, "The Mismeasure of Poverty," suggests that the recent Census Bureau report on the 2012 U.S. poverty rate—at 15 percent—is inaccurate because it doesn't reflect the value of poverty interventions like food stamps (which allow families to redirect their money to other needs) and the earned-income tax credit (which can provide families with up to $3,000 per year).

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Building on success

Monday, September 16, 2013

Here's something you might not know: more than 90 percent of American children have health insurance. While making sure that all U.S. children have coverage is the goal, this is definitely a win. And according to Elisabeth Wright Burak (MPP/MSW '01), senior program director for Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families (CCF), we can attribute this success story to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. "A lot of it has to do with work that has happened at the state level," says Burak, "making it easier for families to sign up for healthcare coverage, taking a lot of red tape out of the system, and modernizing eligibility systems so kids don't drop off unnecessarily. Now we're in this exciting new era of health reform where states have the opportunity to make the same progress for parents and other adults who have no affordable coverage today—the whole family wins."

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BA information session

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Join us for a meeting to learn more about our undergraduate public policy program on Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m.

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Helen Levy discusses proposed Detroit health insurance exchange program

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Helen Levy spoke with Michigan Radio about how a new plan being considered by Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr would affect some Detroit retirees. The plan would shift younger retirees, those under 65, to insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

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Bad data from Labor Department: misleading and harmful, says Wolfers

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Justin Wolfers wrote an opinion article for Bloomberg about the U.S. Department of Labor's release of bad statistics. In the article, "Labor Department's Bumbling Bureaucrats Can't Count," Wolfers explains that bad data can not only be misleading, but also harmful to market participants and policymakers.

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Photo of Sen. Debbie Stabenow earns top prize in President Ford button contest

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Ford School's 2013 Centennial Button Contest: Liam and Mike Householder. The Householders submitted a photo of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) wearing a centennial button in front of the statue of President Ford that stands in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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Rachel Potter wins APSA Founders Award for best graduate student paper

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Rachel Potter has won the 2013 Founders Award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her paper, "Strategic Transparency in Agency Rulemaking." The award is given for the best graduate student paper presented at APSA's annual meeting or at any of the regional meetings in the preceding two years.

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Welcome back returning Fordies!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Summer vacation is never long enough—whether you're working an internship, reading a great book on the beach, or hanging out in Ann Arbor.

Nevertheless, fall semester is upon us. As Weill Hall fills with the sound of returning Fordies, here's a look back at a few highlights from the summer of 2013:

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National Poverty Center recognized for its contribution to poverty research

Friday, August 30, 2013

The National Poverty Center (NPC) was named to the MSWOnlinePrograms.org's list of 99 Great Organizations Confronting Poverty and Hunger. The NPC was recognized for its multidisciplinary and policy-relevant research, its mentorship and training of emerging scholars, and for how it informs public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty.

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Carl Simon's work with mathematical models earns him a spot on a list of top STEM educators

Friday, August 30, 2013

Carl P. Simon was named one of the top 25 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) professors in Michigan by the Online Schools Michigan website, which is a resource for students to learn about online education options in the state.

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September 12: Policy Talks @ the Ford School with Alan Bersin

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Join us for a Josh Rosenthal Lecture, "Managing global borders: In defense of big data," with the Assistant Secretary of International Affairs, Alan Bersin, at 4:30 p.m.

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Collins suggests investors may see more diverse opinions from Fed presidents

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Susan M. Collins was quoted in a CNNMoney article, "Four downsides of a chattier Fed," explaining why more communication from the Federal Reserve hasn't always added clarity.

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Dean Susan Collins quoted in Reuters on Fed bond-buying policy

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ford School Dean Susan Collins was quoted by Reuters at the 2013 Federal Reserve Jackson Hole Symposium on the central bank's bond-buying policy. With regard to speculation about when a tapering of assets purchases might occur, Collins said, "I think September is too soon. I don't think it's a done deal."

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New Policy Points video features Dean Susan Collins explaining importance of annual Federal Reserve meeting

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Each year, policy leaders, academics, and financial industry experts from around the world gather in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the annual Federal Reserve Jackson Hole Symposium hosted by the Kansas City Fed. This year's theme is "Unconventional Monetary Policy in a Global Environment."

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No good reason to link food stamp assistance and drug tests, say Pollack and Danziger

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In the Washington Post Wonkblog, Harold Pollack and Sheldon Danziger argue that there is no evidence to support a policy requiring that food-stamp recipients be tested for drugs. Nevertheless, House Republicans are proposing just that, as well as $40 billion in cuts to food-stamp assistance over time.

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Obesity still top concern, National Poll on Children's Health shows

Monday, August 19, 2013

Dr. Matt Davis was interviewed on WDIV Detroit, a local NBC affiliate, about the results of a C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health that asked adults to rank the top health concerns for children in 2013. The overall top three concerns for children were childhood obesity, drug abuse, and smoking/tobacco use, but the individual rankings among different races and ethnicities varied.

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Close to the heart

Monday, August 19, 2013

The statistics are sobering: nearly half of every 100 children born in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, will be underweight; six will die before their first birthday. More than 80 percent of all children report repeated physical abuse; some 44 percent of girls and 56 percent of boys report sexual abuse. Child labor is common and, for girls, so is marrying—and bearing children—while still in adolescence.

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Congratulations to Liam and Mike Householder

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A photo of Senator Debbie Stabenow earns top prize in President Ford button contest. [More]

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September 19: Policy Talks @ the Ford School with Olympia Snowe

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Join us for a Citi Foundation Lecture, "What's gone wrong in Washington, and why it doesn't have to be this way," with Senator Olympia Snowe at 4:00 p.m. [More]

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