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Debate over 'Pay It Forward' continues, Dynarski's suggested amendments receive increased attention

Friday, April 4, 2014

Susan Dynarski is quoted in a number of articles this month discussing 'Pay It Forward' legislation, now under consideration by more than a dozen states, which would tie student loan repayments to a percentage of income for a fixed number of years. The model, explains Dynarski in her February Brookings blog, is a disincentive to those who expect to make a higher income post-graduation. Why? Because they'll wind up paying more and subsidizing low earners.

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Times of India highlights Yang study, motivating migrants boosts savings

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ruchi Chopda of the Times of India reports on a recent discovery by Dean Yang and Ganesh Seshan: motivating migrants can help them save more, do it more collaboratively, and send more money to their families back home.

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Inequality in America

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This talk will investigate the problem of rising economic inequality in the United States and the various options for addressing it. The unique history of the U.S. has meant that the U.S. political discussion has historically been unconcerned with income inequality; however, rising inequality during the past three decades is attracting increased attention and concern. Growing economic inequality is also closely correlated with rising inequality in a variety of other social domains. This includes evidence of growing differences by economic status in education, housing, health, and marital/fertility choices. Many of the major causes of this rising inequality are not easily addressed in any direct way. In fact, some of these causes have produced other substantial benefits. Within the political economy of the U.S., there are only a limited number of areas where inequality can be addressed in ways that might garner widespread support, including efforts aimed at greater opportunity for low-income families in educat

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The aftermath of financial crises: It doesn't have to be that bad

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In the wake of the 2008 crisis, many have concluded that financial crises inevitably lead to prolonged, terrible recessions. But in fact, there have been a wide range of experiences throughout history. How much countries suffer depends crucially on the policies governments adopt. This examination of history has implications for what Europe and other areas should do today, and for what policies should be used in future crises.

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Metropolitan areas, regionalism, and the politics of intergovernmental cooperation

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Ford School's distinguished Jack L. Walker, Jr. Professor of Public Policy Elisabeth R. Gerber will deliver a lecture as part of our school's centennial celebrations.

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GM penny-wise and pound-foolish says Marina v.N. Whitman

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In an interview with reporters, Marina v.N. Whitman, once the highest ranking female executive in the auto industry and a former vice president and group executive at General Motors, discusses the company's lengthy delay in recalling cars with faulty ignition switches that have been blamed for at least 13 deaths.

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Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Joy Rohde will remark on major points of her book Armed with Expertise and answer questions from the audience. The event includes remarks from Alan Deardorff and Gabrielle Hecht.

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Public policy students respond to Kevyn Orr's Ford School lecture

Friday, March 28, 2014

On March 26, 2014, Detroit's Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, spoke at the University of Michigan as part of an event put on by the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Public policy student Harsha Nahata was quoted in Rochelle Riley's Detroit Free Press column on her thoughts about Orr's speech and about the future of the city of Detroit.

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Ford School survey informs leaders on fiscal health and economic development

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five years ago, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy launched an ongoing survey of the chief elected and appointed officials in every one of Michigan's 1,856 counties, cities, townships and villages, large and small. Among the survey's goals? Identifying their most pressing governance problems, including the impact of cuts in state revenue-sharing, tax-revenue losses, and troublesome barriers to economic development, as well as the innovative steps local leaders are taking to effectively overcome them.

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20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - with Paul Rusesabagina

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Keynote lecture is part of the IPC commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Rwandan Event Registration.

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Kevyn Orr speaks at the Ford School

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Over 400 people turned out on March 25th to hear Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr deliver a lecture as part of the Policy Talks @ the Ford School series.

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Peace Corps in the 21st Century

Friday, March 21, 2014

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is acting Director of the Peace Corps as of July 2013. She was initially appointed deputy director of the Peace Corps on June 23, 2010. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Western Samoa, 1981–83) with more than two decades of experience in public health focused on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.

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Hausman's Brookings Institution paper analyzes Japan's new economic policy – "Abenomics"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A recent Brookings paper published by the Ford School's Joshua K. Hausman and University of California, San Diego's Johannes Wieland analyzes Japan's new economic policy experiment – "Abenomics." Hausman and Wieland claim that if Japanese policymakers are able to convince the public, the policy has the potential to boost the economy.

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The second annual Student Day of Thanks – Hail Yeah!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On March 19, 2014 the second annual Student Day of Thanks was held in the Great Hall of the Ford School. Students wrote personalized messages of thanks onto postcards that were mailed to many of the Ford School alumni who made gifts to the school in the past year.

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The Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies hosts calls for proposals

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will give out funding for up to five project proposals. The Center is seeking proposals that "contribute to interdisciplinary and collaborative research on issues related to diversity in public policy or enrich the broader community's engagement with issues of diversity." The Center's vision aims "to create an intellectual environment that will foster dialogue and debate and lead to concrete policy solutions which address the opportunities and challenges of diversity."

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Five Ford School faculty were nominated by students for this year's Golden Apple Award

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Golden Apple Award, recognizes outstanding university teaching, and is the only award where nominees are chosen by students. This year, about 300 faculty in total were chosen, and out of this five were from the Ford School. This year's winner for the Golden Apple Award is Victor Lieberman, a Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished Professor of History and Asian and Comparative History. The award ceremony will take place on April 2, 2014 in Rackham Auditorium.

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Obamacare and Beyond: How To Reform the U.S. Health System

Friday, March 14, 2014

Avik Roy, opinion editor at Forbes, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and former health policy adviser to then presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will debate senior editor at the New Republic and author of Sick, Jonathan Cohn over the viability of the Affordable Care Act.

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Levitsky shares his view on Russia-Ukraine with U.S. News and World Report

Friday, March 7, 2014

On March 7, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky was quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article on the emerging crisis between Russia, Ukraine, and the West. During his tenure as ambassador, Levitsky held posts as officer-in-charge of U.S.-Soviet relations and political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

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Times of India reports on Dean Yang's new study: short financial literacy seminar improves migrant saving decisions

Friday, March 7, 2014

"More than 200 million workers travel abroad to work as maids, construction labourers and at other low-wage jobs," writes Hemali Chhapia for the Times of India. "The money they send back home is often essential to their families' survival and homeland's economy."

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Electronic cigarette liquid is extracted from tobacco; let's regulate them as we'd regulate other tobacco products says Michigan's chief medical executive

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Dr. Matthew Davis, a Ford School faculty member and chief medical executive for the state of Michigan, calls on legislators to regulate e-cigarettes just as they regulate tobacco products.

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