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Justin Wolfers discusses liability insurance for gun owners on NPR's Morning Edition

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Justin Wolfers spoke with National Public Radio's Morning Edition about requiring gun owners to hold liability insurance in order to help keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who may use them irresponsibly. By requiring gun owners to provide information about their gun-use habits, Wolfers said, insurers could identify individuals who pose the greatest risk and charge premiums accordingly.

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Local leaders: Funding reforms needed to avoid service cuts

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Local government leaders in Michigan report that the way their jurisdictions are funded requires significant reform to maintain services in the wake of the Great Recession, according to a University of Michigan survey.

Fewer than half of local leaders, or 43 percent, believe the system of funding local government in Michigan would allow them to maintain their current packages of services in the future, even if the economy continues to improve, according to the poll by U-M's Ford School of Public Policy.

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Los Angeles Times interviews Justin Wolfers on fourth-quarter economic slowdown

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In a recent Los Angeles Times article Justin Wolfers commented on fears of a new recession following news that the U.S. economy contracted in the fourth quarter of 2012. Total economic output shrank by 0.1% in the last three months of 2012, causing some economists to speculate that the economy could be headed for another recession. Two straight quarters of contraction would officially indicate the start of another recession, the newspaper reported. Despite the disappointing figures, however, Wolfers said it is too soon to make such predictions.

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'Ford School feed' – how to RSVP for the DC trip, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's visit, southeast Michigan's RTA, and more

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The latest edition of the Ford School feed , an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today. The newly redesigned feed reminds DC-area alums to RSVP for the Ford School's annual DC event and reception on February 7, and includes an update from Dean Susan M. Collins) about the latest Ford School news, including Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's January visit.

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The storm after the superstorm: alumna lobbies for forward-thinking relief

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

When Superstorm Sandy struck the northeast coast last October, it struck with a vengeance. It cascaded over seawalls; knocked a roller coaster into the ocean; yanked out chunks of the Atlantic City boardwalk; felled trees and power lines; flooded multimillion dollar homes; lit fires, then blew them from street to street; and shut down public transport systems, schools, airports, and the New York Stock Exchange. Residents in the lower third of Manhattan lost electricity-no lights, no computers, no elevators, no refrigerators-and they weren't the only ones. Altogether, some 8.5 million lost power in the northeastern United States. Worse yet, tens of thousands were left homeless.

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Ford School students to visit Cape Verde in March for 2013 IEDP

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In March, twenty-five graduate students from the Ford School and other programs at the University of Michigan will spend a week off the coast of West Africa in the island nation of Cape Verde to research social and economic issues. The trip will be the culmination of a half-semester course focusing on development issues in Cape Verde.

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New paper from Jacob, McCall, and Stange analyses the "College as Country Club"

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A new paper by Brian A. Jacob, Brian P. McCall, and Kevin M. Stange, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, is receiving attention from The Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications for its analysis of the pressure facing universities to provide students with greater amenities.

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Elisabeth Gerber to represent Washtenaw County on Regional Transit Authority

Monday, January 28, 2013

Elisabeth R. Gerber, the Jack Walker Jr. Professor of Public Policy, is one of two representatives for Washtenaw County on the newly instated Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for southeast Michigan. County Commissioner Conan Smith made her appointment, along with that of fellow representative Richard Murphy, program director of Michigan Suburbs Alliance, official in December.

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Terrorist networks and deadly force

Friday, January 25, 2013

When violent non-state organizations form alliances with each other, do they become more lethal? Ford School Assistant Professor Philip B. K. Potter and Associate Professor Michael Horowitz of the University of Pennsylvania seek to answer this question in their article Allying to Kill: Terrorist Intergroup Cooperation and the Consequences for Lethality, published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution this month. The article explores the networks of violent non-state actors, and how these connections bolster their deadly acts.

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Global repercussions: The impact of today's U.S. economy

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A conversation with Ted Truman, Marina Whitman, and Susan Collins as part of the Ford School's annual DC event/reception on Feb. 7. Alums, RSVP by Feb. 5.

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"Black and Blue" documentary kicks off celebrations of President Ford's centennial year

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On January 23, the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will present the documentary Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game. The film will screen at 4 p.m. in the Ford School's Annenberg Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring son of President Ford, Steven Ford, and grandson of Willis Ward, Buzz Thomas.

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Black and Blue documentary film screening and panel discussion

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will host a screening of the documentary titled Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game, followed by a panel discussion featuring former Senator Buzz Thomas (grandson of Willis Ward) and Steve Ford (son of President Gerald R. Ford) on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day events.

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Michigan Chronicle interviews Rabe on fracking in Michigan

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Michigan Chronicle interviewed Barry Rabe for its story on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fracking is a process by which oil and gas companies inject chemical fluids or sand into underground shale rock formations in order to free deposits of oil or natural gas. The article, "Fracking Put Pennsylvania on Top of the U.S. Gas Boom—Is Michigan Next?" considers how growth of fracking techniques may impact the economy and environment in Michigan.

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Wolfers quoted in Marketplace segment on Fed transcripts

Monday, January 21, 2013

Justin Wolfers was quoted in a segment on American Public Media's Marketplace about Federal Reserve Board deliberations in the run-up to the Great Recession. The Fed recently released transcripts for its 2007 meetings that show substantial disagreement among its members about the status of the U.S. economy.

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Kristin Seefeldt speaks with New York Times, NPR on debt in America

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kristin Seefeldt spoke with The New York Times and National Public Radio's On Point about her research following the debt burdens of single mothers in Detroit.

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Three Ford School master's students named among first Dow Sustainability Fellows

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cassarah Brown (MPP '14), Adrianna McIntyre (MPP/MPH '15), and Betsy Riley (MPP/MS '14) are part of forty master's and professional degree students selected to receive the Dow Sustainability Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

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Chairman Bernanke's Policy Talks @ the Ford School remarks widely covered by local, national media

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Monday's Policy Talks @ the Ford School conversation with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was widely covered by local and national media with more than 3,196 mentions since January 1.

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Ford School alum Manny Teodoro to receive 2013 ASPA Book Award

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ford School alum Manny Teodoro (PhD '07) has been named the recipient of the 2013 Book Award presented by the Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The award is given to new works with the potential to make a lasting contribution to literature on public administration. Teodoro's book, Bureaucratic Ambition: Careers, Motives, and the Innovative Administrator, uses case studies and quantitative analysis to advance the view that institutional design can lead to more entrepreneurial public administration executives.

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Michigan Today article on Policy Talks @ the Ford School guests Ornstein and Mann

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A new article in Michigan Today recounts the career paths of Norman Ornstein (PhD '74) and Thomas Mann (MA '68/PhD '77), who recently returned to the Ford School to discuss their book, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.

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Today.com quotes Justin Wolfers on public concern over debt, government

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Justin Wolfers was quoted in a Today.com article looking at growing public concern surrounding national debt and political dysfunction in America. The article points to a January Gallop poll in which 20 percent of respondents said they view the federal deficit as the biggest problem facing America and 18 percent of respondents identified politicians and government as the biggest issue—both numbers represent dramatic increases since late 2012.

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