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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 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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Curtiss Lusher wins Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ben Curtiss Lusher, a dual-master's candidate in business administration and public policy, has been recognized by the Rackham Graduate School with the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award.

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Short seminar on financial decision-making yields impressive results for migrants who don't save

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dean Yang, speaking in a Ford School Policy Points video, shares results from a recent microfinance study of the impact of modest financial literacy training on migrants' decisions to save. Yang and colleagues conducted a microsavings study of Indian migrants in the Arab Emirate of Qatar to find out how they made spending and saving decisions before the start of the study, and how their behavior changes in response to a three-hour motivational seminar on financial decision-making.

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7th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Each spring, Ford School faculty and staff nominate dozens of outstanding student research and service projects for recognition at the Gramlich Showcase of Student Work. Established in 2008 to honor internationally renowned economist and former Ford School dean, Ned Gramlich, this event features exceptional student work on a broad range of local, national, and international policy challenges.

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Potter comments on the large-scale knife attack at a train station in Southern China

Saturday, March 1, 2014

In a LA Times article on the March 1 attack, Philip Potter states that, although knives are low-tech, the attack showed sophistication because of the significant coordination and power projection. The attack occurred in Kumming, the capital of Yunnan province, when a group of assailants wielding large knives stormed into a railway station and attacked people at random.

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Ford School MPP student among winners of 2014 Social Impact Challenge

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Noelle Polaski (MPP, MA '16) is among four U-M graduate students whose team, Le Rouge, won the 2014 Social Impact Challenge based on their recommendations for Detroit Future City. The Social Impact Challenge asks multidisciplinary teams of graduate students to collaborate on addressing real issues for an organization that delivers social impact. Teams receive a Challenge statement, investigate the context and social issues, and develop strategic recommendations for action.

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Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke to sit on panel for Hausman paper

Monday, February 24, 2014

At Brooking Institution's spring conference next month, Joshua Hausman and Johannes Wieland will have their paper on Japan's attempts to break free from deflation and slow growth critiqued by Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Hausman and Wieland were classmates at the University of California, Berkley and both earned their doctorates this year.

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Dynarski comments on proposals to offset the high cost of a college education

Monday, February 24, 2014

In an NPR article, Susan Dynarski asked to explain the viability of proposals out of Oregon and Tennessee aimed at alleviating the cost of college. Both states are asking legislators to consider very different strategies for increasing college enrollment by aiding with funding.

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Levitsky shares his views on marijuana legalization with Mainstreet.com

Monday, February 24, 2014

On February 19, Ambassador Melvyn Levitsky was quoted in a Mainstreet.com article on the push for marijuana legalization. Levitsky, a former member on the United Nations International Narcotics Board, voiced his opposition to marijuana legalization.

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Danziger speaks with Al Jazeera America on the U.S. poverty rate

Monday, February 24, 2014

On February 20, Professor Sheldon Danziger was interviewed in an Al Jazeera America article about the relationship between poverty and inequality. Danziger discussed his research on how factors such as the racial composition of the U.S., shifts in family structure, education, growth and inequality have influenced the rate of poverty in the U.S. since 1980.

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Ambassador Richard Boucher and Margo Picken to teach two new public policy courses

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Announcing TWO exciting half-semester public policy courses taught by our Winter 2014 Towsley Foundation Policymakers in Residence, Ambassador Richard Boucher and Margo Picken!

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A conversation on leadership and foreign policy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The focus of this Ford Policy Union will be on leadership and on specific examples from Ambassador Negroponte's experience. What makes a good leader and how do leaders make decisions? How do leaders handle dissent and divergent views? What lessons have we learned from successes and failures in national security and foreign policy? Has traditional American diplomacy been sidelined because of dominance by our military in post-Cold War conflict and in counter-terrorism since 9/11? The Ford School's Professor of International Policy and Practice, Ambassador (ret) Melvyn Levitsky will conduct the discussion with Ambassador Negroponte and moderate a question and answer session with the audience.

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Quick online survey open for one week: please provide your input

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Ford School of Public Policy has engaged Hile Creative and The Linux Box to undertake a major project that is critical for the school's continued success: a complete redesign of the school's web presence. The school is focused on creating a site with a design and functionality that best meets the needs of all users, from current and prospective students to alumni, faculty, staff, potential employers, policymakers, and more. Your input is critical to this process.

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Let states tailor immigration policies to boost economic growth, says Lin

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

In a new Ford School Policy Points video, Ann Lin analyzes Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's plan to bring 50,000 highly skilled immigrants to the state over five years. She states that Governor Snyder's numbers are likely unrealistic under the current system and that she would rather see him work with fellow governors to promote a plan where states get to set their own priorities and select their own immigrants with approval from the federal government.

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