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New research by Stevenson and Wolfers counters conventional wisdom, shows you can never have too much money

Monday, April 29, 2013

According to the Easterlin Paradox, posited by Richard Easterlin in 1974, greater average well being does not correlate with higher average income, that is, more money doesn't necessarily make one happier. Indeed, some version of the credo "money can't buy happiness" has become conventional wisdom. But a new paper by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, published by the Brookings Institution, shows a strong link between higher income and well-being among both the rich and the poor.

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Assuming Success: Grant Erwin (MPP '09)

Monday, April 29, 2013

For seven days in September 2012, thousands of Chicago public school teachers walked off their jobs when contract negotiations with the city ground to a halt. Represented by the Chicago Teacher's Union (CTU), the striking teachers were the first in more than twenty-five years to stage a work stoppage, and their strike affected more than 350,000 school children in America's third largest public school system.

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Yu Xie named 2013 Henry and Bryna David Endowment recipient

Monday, April 29, 2013

Yu Xie has been named the 2013 recipient of the Henry and Bryna David Endowment by the National Research Council's Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. The award is given annually to individuals performing innovative research in the behavioral and social sciences.

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Ford School APS students reimagine GM Powertrain Plant Facility and Willow Run Airport

Friday, April 26, 2013

Ford School master's students Patrick Leonard, Tyler Sawher, Dan Trubman, and Eboni Wells presented proposals to local officials, community leaders, and residents that would repurpose the GM Powertrain Plant Facility and the Willow Run Airport as a waste management facility, or "Energyopolis," and "Willow Network," a research hub. The presentation served as the culmination of the students' final project for the Applied Policy Seminar (APS). The four students were part of a research group that also included students from the U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the School of Public Health, and the College of Engineering.

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Ford School community participates in run to honor victims of Boston Marathon bombing

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Members of the Ford School community participated in a three-mile solidarity run through Ann Arbor on Saturday to honor victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing. The event, organized by Ford School graduate student James (Jimmy) Schneidewind (MPP '14) and co-sponsored by the Ford School, the City of Ann Arbor, and local organizations and businesses, was planned as a way for the Ann Arbor and University of Michigan communities to show support for victims of the bombing.

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Melvyn Levitsky appears in Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor, answering the question: How Will an Investigation of Lula Affect Brazil's Politics?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How Will an Investigation of Lula Affect Brazil's Politics?

Question from Latin America Advisor

Prosecutors in Brazil announced April 5 that they have opened an investigation of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in connection with the so-called "mensalão" vote-buying scheme. The scandal has already led to several convictions, including that of Lula's former chief of staff, José Dirceu. Have the prosecutions dealt a significant blow to corruption in Brazil? How is the scandal, and now the probe involving Lula, affecting the country's politics ahead of next year's presidential election?

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Atran article, Black and White and Red All Over, featured in Foreign Policy magazine

Monday, April 22, 2013

An article by Scott Atran in Foreign Policy magazine discusses media coverage of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing and how media journalism influences public response to terrorist attacks. In the article, Atran argues that sensational media coverage and outsized reactions from law enforcement have amplified the effect of individual terrorist acts.

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Axelrod to receive 2013 Skytte Prize

Monday, April 22, 2013

Robert Axelrod has been named the winner of the 2013 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. The Skytte Prize is among the most prestigious awards in political science and recognizes outstanding academics for their contribution to the discipline.

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Urban policy-themed Spring edition of State & Hill published

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cities—in America and around the globe—remain vitally important in fueling economic growth, producing jobs, and cultivating innovation and creativity. This edition of State & Hill features insights into city policy from faculty, alumni, and friends of the Ford School.

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An engaged citizen

Monday, April 22, 2013

Barry Rabe on the future of CLOSUP

A six-inch bobblehead of Ron Swanson, director of a fictitious Midwestern parks department in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, dominates the meeting table in Barry Rabe's office. The bobblehead is something of an enigma.

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You can get there from here

Monday, April 22, 2013

RTA Board representative Elisabeth R. Gerber sees the possibilities transit can offer for Southeast Michigan-and for the region's hardest hit city

Getting from Detroit to Ann Arbor is a trip in more ways than one. The two cities are 43 miles apart. But the expense and inconvenience of driving deters many from making the trip. Trains and buses run daily, but the schedules are slim and the costs prohibitive for the average commuter.

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All in the game

Monday, April 22, 2013

An interdisciplinary approach to urban policy

"Aw yeah. That golden rule." -Bunk Moreland

Dirty and disheveled, Dukie rocks up to his crew in an alley somewhere off Franklin Street in West Baltimore. It's the last day of a long, hot summer, eighth grade looming like a threat. Namond notices Dukie's black eye, courtesy of boys from a rival neighborhood. "What happened to you?" he shouts. "Those Terrace boys banged me coming off the train tracks over there by Ramsay Street," Dukie says. Little Randy pipes up, "They can't whip on Dukie like that." Namond concurs: "Nah, only we can whip on Dukie like that."

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Putting out the flames: from the health of cities to the health care industry

Monday, April 22, 2013

In the summer of 1967, James B. Hudak (MPP '71) watched Detroit burn. He was between his sophomore and junior years as an undergraduate at Yale. A friend got him a summer job working the night shift at a Chrysler assembly plant in Detroit. He lived with a bunch of guys in a rental on Lake St. Clair. At the end of July, at night, he looked across the lake from his home and saw Detroit in flames. He watched giant troop transports filled with Army and National Guard soldiers landing at Selfridge Air Force Base.

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John R. Chamberlin: Making a life

Monday, April 22, 2013

This Saturday, John Chamberlin will board a plane for Paris. He's gearing up for new adventures in retirement. Over the past four decades, he's taught more core courses than any other faculty member at the school, served as interim and associate dean, and helped launch the Ford School's immensely successful undergraduate degree program. He's also been an indispensable sounding board for faculty, staff, and studentsÐa great listener, with irreplaceable institutional knowledge, wise advice, and the kind of long-view that has helped our school grow and mature in so many ways.

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Order maintenance in the eyes of Olmsted

Monday, April 22, 2013

In the center of our nation's most densely populated city - a city buffeted by noise and commerce and pollution - lies the oasis of Central Park, a lush landscape co-designed in the 1850s by America's most famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. With 270,000 trees and shrubs, miles of winding paths, and dozens of bridges, it was one of 19th century America's most ambitious public works projects; it was also, it should be said, a bit of a problem.

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Brian A. Jacob helps city schools become data driven

Monday, April 22, 2013

In an era of shrinking public education budgets, school districts cannot afford to make the wrong decision when they hire a teacher or cut a program. To make sure they reach the right answers, administrators are turning to Annenberg Professor Brian A. Jacob, whose data analysis has helped guide urban public school reforms across the country.

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A look back at Grutter v. Bollinger

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ten years after the U.S. Supreme Court heard Grutter v. Bollinger, we look back at President Ford's defense of affirmative action in higher education

This June marks the 10th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the use of affirmative action by the University of Michigan Law School.

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After war

Monday, April 22, 2013

Zouheir Al Ghreiwati looks toward the future of Syria

Zouheir Al Ghreiwati's (BA '14) native land is a warzone.

Hailing from Damascus, Syria, Al Ghreiwati lived in the now war-torn nation until his junior year of high school. Despite the mainstream media's portrayal of Syria as a country divided by sectarian lines, Ghreiwati believes the civil war is driven not by religious hatred, but by the Syrian people's desire for democracy.

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Alumna combats violence against women with GenderHopes

Monday, April 22, 2013

Knowledge is power for combatting violence against women

"So far, there aren't reliable statistics on domestic violence in Monaco," says Vibeke Brask Thomsen (MPP/MA '06), founder and director of GenderHopes. "It doesn't mean they don't exist, we just haven't found them yet." Finding accurate information–and using it to educate women, policymakers, and the public at large–is one of the central aims of this Monaco-based non-profit dedicated to combatting violence against women.

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Improving urban health through the power of community

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ruth Browne (MPP/MPH '83) just did the happy dance. She's celebrating a gift to the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, an institute she's directed since its founding in 1992 by the legendary African American tennis star and humanitarian. This moment of unguarded delight is particularly endearing in Browne because her public persona is all polish and professionalism. It has to be. As CEO of an internationally recognized nonprofit leader in community-based health interventions, Browne knows how important the institute's work is to economically disadvantaged communities of color and poverty, which suffer a disproportionate share of preventable illnesses like heart disease, asthma, and diabetes.

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