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Internship field report: Nick Pfost @ EqualityMaine

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Second year MPPer Nick Pfost shares news from Portland, Maine, where he's serving as legislative and public policy graduate intern at EqualityMaine. In his guest blog post for EqualityMaine, Pfost describes himself as "the nerdy high school student who watched CSPAN after classes while eating my macaroni and cheese." He'll spend the summer working on a variety of EqualityMaine legislative priorities, including LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying legislation.

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Rabe cited in Forbes on EPA greenhouse gas rules

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ford School Professor Barry Rabe was cited in Howard Gleckman's June 2 Forbes article "Could EPA's New Greenhouse Gas Rule Open the Door to a New State-based Gas Tax?" "The proposed EPA rules, which Brookings senior fellow Barry Rabe describes as "climate federalism," seem to acknowledge the demise—at least for now—of a single federal solution to the climate problem," writes Gleckman.

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Major league fun for Ford School alums, students

Monday, June 2, 2014

Founding Ford School Dean Ned Gramlich was an avid baseball fan, and directed Major League Baseball's economic study commission in 1992, so we could think of no better way to cap our May 30 conference, "Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance of Policy Research," than to host a reception for DC-area alumni and students at Nationals Park.

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Celebrating Ned Gramlich: The Tribute Video

Monday, June 2, 2014

In 2007, the Urban Institute and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy teamed up to create a video for Ned Gramlich, founding dean of our school and a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. Ned was battling a life-threatening illness, and the video was difficult to produce as Ned's friends and colleagues tried to remain positive for Ned's sake, while they fought back their own sadness. We are sharing this video publicly, in conjunction with the May 30 conference "Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance of Policy Research," sponsored by the Ford School and hosted at the Federal Reserve Board headquarters in Washington, DC.

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Whitman in Huff Po feature on crying at work

Friday, May 30, 2014

Marina v.N. Whitman is featured in Catherine Pearson's "What 15 Female Leaders Really Think about Crying at Work," published in the Huffington Post on May 28.

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Justin Wolfers featured in Aussie Financial Review

Thursday, May 29, 2014

"The path from gambling at a Sydney racetrack to sparring with the world's intellectual elite led Justin Wolfers to become one of Australia's more unorthodox and influential academic exports," writes Washington Correspondent John Kehoe in an extensive feature on Ford School Professor Justin Wolfers published in the May 30 issue of the Australian Financial Review Magazine.

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Michigan's hourly minimum wage to increase to $9.25

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In the May 28 Michigan Daily article, "Michigan law raises minimum wage to $9.25," Margo Levy, an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, interviews Professors Sandra Danziger and Alan Deardorff on the pros and cons of the state's new minimum wage law.

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Introducing…the 2014 undergraduate student yearbook

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

To our knowledge, the Ford School has never prepared a yearbook for students and new graduates, but we decided this was a tradition worth breaking. Undergraduate students from the classes of 2014 and 2015 shared their photos and memories with us this spring, and we compiled them in an electronic yearbook that celebrates the energy and engagement of the Ford School's BA students and alumni.

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What fast food wage protesters can learn from the past

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In a May 23 article for Business Insider, Hayley Peterson looks to history to argue "Why Today's Fast Food Wage Protests Won't Force Companies to Pony Up." "American workers have been unionizing and striking for better pay and working conditions since the mid-19th century," writes Peterson, who believes that today's fast food wage protests have little in common with successful labor movements of the past.

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Easing credit for parents seeking educational loans?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In a May 27 article for Bloomberg, Janet Lorin describes, "Alarm Raised by Plan to Ease Credit Norms on U.S. Parent Loans." The new plan to extend loans to a greater pool of parent applicants is drawing criticism from consumer advocates who say loosening the credit standards will "only hurt borrowers, and default rates, already on the rise, will continue to climb," writes Lorin.

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Barr argues for regulation of systemically important firms

Friday, May 23, 2014

Professor Michael S. Barr makes an appearance in "Financial Crisis, Over and Already Forgotten," a May 22 New York Times article by Floyd Norris. Norris writes that Barr is "working on a book titled, "Five Ways the Financial System Will Fail Next Time." The first way, Norris says of Barr's list, "'Amnesia, willful and otherwise,' regarding the causes and consequences of the crisis."

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Wolfers' research cited in NYT The Upshot column

Friday, May 23, 2014

"An indirect path to accuracy in election polling," a May 21 article by David Leonhardt for the New York Times' recently launched blog, The Upshot, cites work by Ford School Professor Justin Wolfers. Writing on Congressman Charles Rangel's reelection chances, Leonhardt (managing editor of The Upshot) uses Wolfers' research to argue that recent polls might show the primary challenge as closer than it actually is.

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Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance of Policy Research

Friday, May 23, 2014

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ford School (which of course had a different name 100 years ago), the Ford School and Federal Reserve Bank host "Honoring Ned Gramlich and the Importance of Policy Research," a conference that brings together leading practitioners of public policy analysis to illuminate current issues in the spirit of Ned's guiding principle: that good analysis is essential to making and implementing good policy.

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Hall characterizes minimum wage bill lobbying activity

Thursday, May 22, 2014

According to an analysis conducted by Bloomberg BNA, a division of Bloomberg, some 40 different groups spent money in the first three months of 2014 to lobby Congress on the minimum wage bill. Labor unions were for the bill; business groups were against it; but others, including religious groups, companies, and at least one major metropolitan area, also got involved. While the minimum wage bill stalled in April, it may return for a vote in the coming months.

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Kids and screen time, too much says Davis

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Young children in the U.S. get too much screen time is the chief finding of a new poll directed by Professor Matt Davis. More than one-quarter of parents with young children report that their kids get more than three hours of screen time per day, well above the National Institutes of Health guidelines. More than 10 percent of parents report no limits on screen time.

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CNN interviews Stevenson on Beantown plan to eliminate gender pay gap

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Most people would recognize that it's unfair to pay women less than men for the same level and quality of work. But Boston leaders see something more: pay equity is attractive to women, who make up more than half of the highly educated labor force.

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Former ambassador to Brazil analyzes president's reelection odds

Friday, May 16, 2014

On May 16, Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor published comments by Melvyn Levitsky, former U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, describing the challenges President Dilma will face in her reelection bid. "Growth is down, inflation and unemployment are up, and corruption in the Workers' Party continues to make headlines," says Levitsky. "It's no wonder that President Dilma's standing has suffered."

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"What's the counterfactual?" asks Sue Dynarski of student loans

Friday, May 16, 2014

In a May 15 Chronicle of Higher Education article, Beckie Supiano explores the tricky question of how student loans affect long-term financial well-being. "Paying off student loans is a fact of life for a growing number of American households," writes Supiano. "So it's important to understand how student debt matters in borrowers' financial lives."

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Wolfers for Upshot: Labor Market Dented, Not Broken

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In his May 13 Upshot blog post for the New York Times, "Labor Market Seems Dented, Not Broken," Ford School Professor Justin Wolfers argues for a sunnier outlook on labor market prospects.

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Axelrod highlighted in Vox on Republican Benghazi dilemma

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ford School Professor Robert Axelrod's research was cited by Zack Beauchamp in the May 12 Vox article, "Benghazi is a prisoner's dilemma, and the Republicans are the prisoners." Beauchamp argues that the newly formed House Republicans' special committee on the Benghazi attacks is a political prisoner's dilemma.

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