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Wolfers: Postpone Thanksgiving to save lives

Nov 19, 2020
"Let’s postpone Thanksgiving until May 27. By then Americans should have a lot more to be thankful for, including the likely availability of at least two highly effective vaccines, perhaps the freedom to get together with friends and possibly the...
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Another stimulus will be needed, says Shaefer

Nov 9, 2020
The initial stimulus plan was “the best thing we’ve ever done for low-income families during an economic crisis and it’s not even close,” said Shaefer. “It’s quite clear we’re going to need another economic stimulus to help families at this time” to...
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Stange: Taking a COVID gap year? Have a plan to re-enroll in school

Nov 7, 2020
Kevin Stange said students who have decided to take time off should create a “plan” to re-enroll in school, as a way to hold themselves accountable. “Most people are not the next Bill Gates and will be much better off having gone to college,” he...
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Shaefer on the success of the CARES Act

Oct 15, 2020
“It wasn’t perfect, but hands down it’s the most successful thing we’ve ever done in negating hardship,” said H. Luke Shaefer. Read the full New York Times article...
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Stevenson on the untapped potential of the labor force

Oct 12, 2020
"I think there’s actually a lot of room for us to do things better, faster, cheaper. That’s where our growth comes from and I’m always an optimist that we can do it," said Stevenson. "I also think that we have a lot of untapped potential in people....
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Wolfers on potential liability for irresponsible COVID-19 choices

Oct 6, 2020
"The purpose of liability law is to incentivize responsible behavior by making irresponsibility costly", said Wolfers. “We’d expect to see many more irresponsible choices being made by those taking the president’s comments to heart."  Read the...
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Stevenson highlights COVID recession's stark impacts on Gen Z

Oct 2, 2020
"What really matters is how long the recession lasts... I think there is already some damage to young people that is going to take them a decade to reverse," said Ford School economist Betsey Stevenson. "So, I think of that already as some permanent...
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Goldenberg turns up the student absentee vote

Sep 18, 2020
"I hope that our students are going to be taking these messages [about voting] home and helping their families and their friends, whether they are students of ours or not, to take the steps that they need [to vote absentee]," said...