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Michigan's unemployed struggle to access state system

May 20, 2020
Kristin Seefeldt, associate professor of social work and public policy and faculty by courtesy at the Ford School, says Michigan’s unemployment system was never set up to handle severe drops in unemployment. In an article on Mlive May 15, she was...

Growing civic-minded technologists

May 19, 2020
“This was a game-changer for us,” said Kwaku Osei, the CEO of Farmacy, a food app startup focused on user’s dietary needs. Osei was one of five social entrepreneurs of color in the Detroit metro area matched with Masters students from the Ford...

Wolfers puts public health at the center of economic recovery

May 15, 2020
The current method for calculating Gross Domestic Product is missing “the immense value of the sacrifices being made by millions of people who have stayed at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus,” Ford School economics professor Justin Wolfers...

Levitsky predicts impeachment for Brazil’s Bolsonaro

May 14, 2020
Brazil’s Supreme Court on April 28 ordered an investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro after popular Justice Minister Sérgio Moro resigned and accused him of firing the country’s Federal Police chief in an attempt to interfere with investigations....

Dominguez on the post-COVID economy

May 13, 2020
Ford School professor of public policy and economics Kathryn Dominguez tells NPR's Marketplace that consumer goods consumption may well change in the post-COVID economy, making current measures of inflation less relevant. “There will be lots of...
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TANF left out of coronavirus relief efforts

May 8, 2020
Temporary Assistance For Needy Families, or TANF, was created as part of the 1996 Welfare Reform bill as a way to give cash assistance to those most vulnerable. Yet at a time when millions of Americans are in dire need of cash assistance, the...

Michigan poverty map shows economic security by county

May 4, 2020
Even before the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic began, about 14% of Michiganders were living in poverty and another 29% of households were struggling to make ends meet.That’s according to the latest Michigan Poverty and Well-Being...

Online learning out of reach for millions of students

May 1, 2020
UNESCO, the United Nations’ education agency, released data on April 21 revealing that half of all children currently out of school due to stay-at-home orders do not have access to a computer, and forty percent do not have access to the internet....

Celebrating the 2020 graduating classes

Apr 29, 2020
The Ford School is proud to celebrate our classes of 2020 graduates—BAs, MPPs, MPAs, and PhDs—as they move forward to work on collaborative, creative solutions to complex challenges in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Due to the...