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Stock market, resurgent since '08, indicates Americans are better off, say Stevenson and Wolfers

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ford School economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers argue a resurgent stock market indicates Americans are in better shape than they were in September 2008, which marked the height of the U.S. banking and financial crisis.

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Sheldon Danziger says U.S. Congress must do more to alleviate poverty

Friday, September 7, 2012

In the latest installment of "Policy Points," Sheldon Danziger predicts a rise in the poverty rate for 2012. The U.S. Census Bureau will announce the latest poverty figures next week.

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Kristin Seefeldt pens op-ed about Michigan Recession and Recovery Survey

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Michigan continues to battle the economic challenges of the Great Recession, but some progress has been made, reported Kristin Seefeldt and Sarah Burgard in a guest column for the Detroit Free Press.

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Five Ford School students awarded CEW scholarships

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Center for the Education of Women has named the Ford School's Emma Maack (MPP student), Caroline Meehan (MPP student), Alyssa Mouton (MPP student), Rachel Potter (PhD candidate), and Cici Vu (MPP student) among its 2012-13 scholarship recipients.

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MPPS findings encouraging but some cities still struggling, Ivacko says

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The latest poll in the Michigan Public Policy Survey, conducted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), has received national attention for its promising findings. Only one-third of the local governments in Michigan say they are somewhat or significantly less able to meet their fiscal needs this year—a big drop from last year when nearly half reported having such difficulties.

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In election season, the Fed will "be accused of being political no matter what they do," Collins says

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Susan Collins, the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, was quoted by Reuters and CNNMoney regarding the dangers of politicizing the Federal Reserve and U.S. monetary policy.

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CLOSUP survey: Fiscal stress easing for Michigan's local governments, many still suffering

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Only one-third of the local governments in Michigan say they are somewhat or significantly less able to meet their fiscal needs this year—a big drop from last year when nearly half reported having such difficulties, according to a University of Michigan survey.

Other findings in the poll by the U-M's Ford School of Public Policy point to a trend of easing in fiscal stress for local governments overall in the state, though many are still suffering ongoing declines.

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Public opinion on climate change unduly influenced by recent weather, Rabe says

Monday, September 3, 2012

Whether it's a record-breaking heat wave or an exceptionally snowy winter, the public often lets seasonal weather unduly influence their belief in climate change, Barry G. Rabe told The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Susan M. Collins chairs first day of annual Federal Reserve conference, introduces Chairman Bernanke

Friday, August 31, 2012

Dean Susan M. Collins chaired today's session of the 2012 Economic Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As part of Collins' duties, she introduced Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who delivered a highly-anticipated speech outlining the Fed's ongoing plans to give the U.S. economy a boost. The conference is hosted annually by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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The Fed needs to act, communicate more boldly, Dean Susan Collins tells CNBC

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Susan Collins, the Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, told CNBC Thursday she believes the Federal Reserve should act boldly to stimulate the U.S. economy.

"I think the Fed should and can do more," Collins said. "It's not just quantitative easing. It's how it communicates its policy, which I think is hugely important in terms of making a difference."

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New Year Kick-Off: Welcome Week at the Ford School

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The official start of the school year, Welcome Week and Orientation (August 27–August 31) at the Ford School gives new master's students the opportunity to meet and engage with peers, faculty, and staff, and begin the process of preparing for the academic year. Every year during the week prior to the start of classes, new MPP and MPA candidates receive their handbooks, meet future professors, learn how best to utilize Student and Academic Services, and how not to get lost in Weill Hall.

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'The Great Recession was not an equal disemployer,' Danziger tells CNBC

Monday, August 27, 2012

National Poverty Center director Sheldon Danziger told CNBC that "the Great Recession was not an equal disemployer."

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A 2012 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund Lecture by General Michael Hayden

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Policy Talks @ the Ford School - a 2012 Josh Rosenthal Education Fund
Lecture by General Michael Hayden.

Friday, September 07, 2012
1:00-2:30 p.m.

Alumni Center, Founders Room
200 Fletcher Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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U.S. adults acknowledging concern for childhood inactivity, obesity, poll finds

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nearly two in five U.S. adults consider lack of exercise a primary health concern for children, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. This unprecedented result received national attention in The Indianapolis Star and USA Today.

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Freep writer: Marina v.N. Whitman's new memoir "feels like viewing several extraordinary movies in one sitting"

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Marina von Neumann Whitman's memoir, The Martian's Daughter, "feels like viewing several extraordinary movies in one sitting," writes Detroit Free Press business writer Tom Walsh.

The only child of famed mathematician John von Neumann, Whitman became the first woman on the Council of Economic Advisors under President Nixon and then a leading executive at General Motors. Whitman's frequent encounters with well-known characters and moments in American history prompted Walsh to compare her memoir to films such as A Beautiful Mind, The Wizard of Oz, and Forrest Gump.

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Missed inflation and employment targets damage the Fed's credibility, Ford School economists tell The Washington Post

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

With the consumer price index at just 0.1 percent in July – well short of the Federal Reserve's 2-percent target – economists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers contend the Fed should act vigorously when it meets again in September, according to The Washington Post.

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Chris Crachiola (BA '12) featured in USA Today article on U.S. students interning abroad

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Recent Ford School graduate Chris Crachiola (BA '12) was featured in a USA Today Education article highlighting the value of international work experience to recent college graduates in today's job market.

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