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Danziger comments on what we can learn from change in poverty rate under revised census measure

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sheldon Danizger quoted in Associated Press and CNN Money articles on the release of the 2012 poverty rate under the supplemental poverty measure, which calculates the number of poor people in America as 3 million higher than the official count.

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Dynarski-Kreisman plan for student loan repayment reform cited in Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A proposal by Sue Dynarski and Education Policy Initiative postdoctoral research fellow Daniel Kreisman for a single loan repayment system was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal article "How to Overhaul the Student-Loan System." Under the Dynarski and Kreisman plan, each borrower's monthly payments would be set as a percentage of income.

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Potter quoted in The Washington Post on recent Beijing attack

Friday, November 1, 2013

Security officials in China have blamed the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a little-known militant group, for the October 28th suicide car crash in Tiananmen Square that killed five people. While some groups are questioning the connection, Phil Potter notes that the Pakistan-based ETIM leadership could be gaining in sophistication.

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Potter interviewed in New York Times on growing risk of terrorism in China

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Following the explosion in Tiananmen Square on October 28th, which Beijing police have labeled a terrorist attack, Phil Potter was interviewed by Sinosphere, the China blog of The New York Times, on the history of separatist violence in the region, the divide between the "two Chinas" and the likelihood that further crackdowns would exacerbate resentment.



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Archiving mass atrocities gives victims a chance to uncover the truth

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Egyptian protesters feared security agents were shredding and burning documents of abuses under the Hosni Mubarak regime, so in March 2011 they stormed the former headquarters of the secret police to seize them.

Such documents have immense power to shed light on the workings of deposed regimes and the abuses they perpetrated, said John Ciorciari, assistant professor of public policy and senior legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia.

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Rising child poverty long trend in the making, says Danziger

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sheldon Danziger was quoted in a Fox News article about rising child poverty. The article covers a study by the Southern Education Foundation which found that the majority of public school students in 13 southern and four western states are living at poverty levels, as well as a study by Opportunity Nation which found that one in seven young adults between the ages of 16-24 are neither in school nor working.

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Dynarski presents policy proposal on making borrowing work for today's students

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On October 21, The Hamilton Project hosted a forum on the evolving role of higher education in American society. At the forum, Susan Dynarski presented a paper titled "Loans for Educational Opportunity: Making Borrowing Work for Today's Students," which served as the focus of a roundtable discussion. The paper was co-authored by Education Policy Initiative postdoctoral research fellow Daniel Kreisman.

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Chamberlin comments on Governor Snyder decision to close NERD Fund

Monday, October 21, 2013

On October 20, Governor Rick Snyder announced he will close his nonprofit, the New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify (NERD) Fund, saying that the fund, which has come under fire for not disclosing donors, has become "an unnecessary distraction." In a Detroit Free Press article, John Chamberlin stated that the NERD Fund was a bad idea in the first place and that the announcement is "a major step in the right direction."

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Hyman awarded Spencer Foundation grant to study the effects of targeted information on college enrollment decisions

Friday, October 18, 2013

Education Policy Initiative postdoctoral research fellow Joshua Hyman will use the Spencer Foundation grant to study the effect of information about college financing on students' enrollment decisions. The project, a collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, is titled "Information and College Enrollment: Evidence from Two Statewide Experiments in Michigan."

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Levy remarks on impact of ACA subsidies and rollout glitches

Friday, October 18, 2013

Nearly one month into the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Helen Levy responds to criticisms about the potential fallout from ACA subsidies, as well as questions about the program's current technical issues.

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Wolfers comments on 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science winners

Friday, October 18, 2013

On October 14, Eugene F. Fama, Lars Peter Hansen, and Robert J. Shiller were awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Fama and Shiller are leading proponents of opposing views about the rationality of financial markets. Justin Wolfers was quoted by both the New York Times and NPR News on how the contradictory views of this year's winners "encapsulates the state of modern economics."

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Ford students testify in Lansing on equity crowdfunding legislation

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Christopher Falcone (MPP '14), Matthew Papadapoluos (MPP/MA '13), Erin Sullivan (MPP '14), and Jessica Teng (MPP '14) appeared in front of the House Commerce Committee to testify on House Bill (HB) 4996 which would allow equity crowdfunding in Michigan. The students have been working on this issue as part of their Applied Policy Seminar, taught by Professor Elisabeth Gerber. Their project has focused on the possibility of using crowdfunding to spur economic development in Michigan.

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New site on the development of human rights standards and advocacy launches

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Working on this site has been a labor of love," said Susan Waltz, Ford School faculty member and practitioner in the field of human rights policy. The Human Rights Advocacy and the History of Human Rights Standards website provides a valuable resource for students, instructors, researchers, and advocates.

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Gerber updates Ann Arbor City Council on progress of Regional Transit Authority

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

On October 14, Elisabeth Gerber spoke at a city council work session covering regional transportation initiatives. Gerber is one of two Washtenaw County representatives on the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for southeast Michigan, which also includes Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties.

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Levy explains why ACA unlikely to impact health care coverage provided by employers

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In a UPI article, Helen Levy addresses concerns about how health care reform will impact coverage provided by employers. Levy argues that the changes stemming from the ACA should not be a major cause for concern for those who rely on employers for coverage and will actually be a competitive advantage for small firms.

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Yellen has most Fed system experience, Whitman explains

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Marina Whitman was quoted by the Yahoo! Finance blog The Daily Ticker about the nomination of Janet Yellen as the next head of the federal reserve bank.

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'Ford School feed'— new faculty and staff members, Alumni Board self-nominations, Ford School centennial button contest winners and more.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, arrived in inboxes today.

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Ford School faculty leading the way on Affordable Care Act discussion

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Two Ford School professors, Helen Levy and Dr. Matthew Davis are using online platforms to provide clarity on the latest reform to the U.S. health care system.

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Dynarski and Hyman receive APPAM's Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for excellence in research

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Experimental Evidence on the Effect of Childhood Investments on Postsecondary Degree Attainment and Degree Completion" by Susan Dynarski and postdoctoral fellow Joshua Hyman, as well as Northwestern University associate professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, has been selected to receive the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award. The Vernon Award is given to the best research paper published in the current volume of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), the Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management's (APPAM) flagship journal.

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Wolfers praises nomination of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

President Barack Obama has announced that he plans to nominate Janet Yellen as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. In a Bloomberg View column, Justin Wolfers explains why he is enthusiastic by the historic selection.

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