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Wolfers notes ambiguity in current strength of the economy

Apr 29, 2022 Bloomberg
Bloomberg reports that the Covid-19 pandemic, now in its third year, has turned into a catalyst for lasting economic change, which will outlast the disease. Ford School economics professor Justin Wolfers notes that on the one hand the economy has...
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Shaefer reflects on end of expanded Child Tax Credit

Apr 22, 2022 The Philadelphia Inquirer
The expanded Child Tax Credit was wildly successful in providing Americans relief. But, its abrupt end could reverse that, according to Luke Shaefer, inaugural director of Poverty Solutions. "This has been a success story for middle-class...
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Wolfers weighs in on Biden's approval ratings

Apr 16, 2022 Los Angeles Times
Despite low unemployment and rising wages, inflation is causing President Biden to struggle with low approval ratings. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, discussed how he would frame the economy to raise approval...
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'Not a single indicator that a recession is coming' - Wolfers

Apr 13, 2022 Los Angeles Times
With inflation running high, yet unemployment low, President Biden's approval rating has sunk, signaling the economic anxiety of Americans. In light of this, Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, discussed the economy and...
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Farley breaks down population trends following pandemic

Mar 25, 2022 News Nation
The COVID-19 pandemic made big cities less attractive, with no events to attend or restaurants to sample. Reynolds Farley, a research scientist at the Population Studies Center, discussed the trend. “Cities growing and declining, that’s strongly...
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Stange comments on decreased enrollment rates

Mar 14, 2022 Bridge Michigan
Public school districts saw a drop in enrollment during the pandemic, with parents moving their students to private schools with COVID-19 rules parents were happier with. Enrollment rates are staying steady, a sign that those parents have decided to...
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Stevenson describes Biden report, current labor market

Mar 8, 2022
A new report from the Biden administration highlights how employer practices, including collusion and constraints on competiton, are limiting workers' choices and wages. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained the cause...
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Stevenson testifies on the need for more affordable childcare

Mar 2, 2022
Ford School economics professor Betsey Stevenson testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, in a hearing  about "how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the already struggling child care sector, and the resulting...
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Stevenson discusses importance of paid family leave

Feb 23, 2022
In the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents found themselves at home watching their children, rather than working, due to daycare closures. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, explained how child care closures...
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Johnson's study helps analyze thriving economy

Feb 23, 2022
A recent Washington Post article used a paper co-authored by David Johnson, director of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and Ford School professor by courtesy, to analyze American bank accounts.  "People were much slower to spend their...
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Jacob discusses chronic absenteeism fueled by pandemic

Feb 20, 2022 The Columbus Dispatch
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the nation are struggling with rising absenteeism rates. Brian Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, weighed in on the issue.  "There was a once-in-a-century global public...
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Stevenson discusses inflation and demand

Feb 13, 2022 CNN Politics
With inflation rising as the economy bounces back from the COVID-19 recession, the automobile industry is one area that has struggled due to labor and supply shortages. "The people screaming for Biden to do something do not want the Fed to raise...
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Ali comments on Ambassador Bridge blockade

Feb 11, 2022 MSN
A group of truck drivers protesting the Canadian border vaccine mandate has blocked the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Detroit to Windsor. Javed Ali, associate professor of practice, weighed in on the issue.  "I figured that if someone blocked...
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Wolfers discusses state of the economy

Feb 8, 2022 WDET
Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, recently appeared on WDET to talk about the economy, inflation, and jobs.  "People are complaining about rising prices and inflation. That’s their concern right now. It’s not about jobs,"...
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Not all Americans included in economic recovery - Wolfers

Feb 6, 2022 Los Angeles Times
The latest jobs report reflects a strong, recovering economy. But, Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, explained that not all Americans are feeling the effects of recovery.  "A lot of people, particularly older people, have...
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Stevenson weighs in on January jobs report

Feb 6, 2022
The January jobs report revealed strong employment gains, with 467,000 jobs added in January. Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, analyzed the report for numerous media outlets. The jobgains occurred in the midst of a...
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Detroit unemployment rate sits at 20%

Feb 3, 2022
Detroit’s unemployment rate—the proportion of adults who are in the labor force but not currently employed—remains at 20%, virtually unchanged over the course of 2021, according to a new University of Michigan survey.  This is less than half the...
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Black Michiganders: Key findings from U-M Poverty Solutions

Feb 3, 2022
Black History Month, celebrated every February, highlights the experiences and honors the achievements of Black Americans throughout history. Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan highlights key data from its research that relates to Black...
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COVID saved the Beijing olympics from political protest - Lin

Feb 1, 2022
As the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games get under way later this week, Ford School professor Ann Lin has commented on the COVID effect on the games. An advisory distributed by Michigan News about Lin and other experts here. It states, "Her work...
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Cooney highlights impact of expired Child Tax Credit

Feb 1, 2022 CNN
With COVID-19 still affecting the economy and people's finances, experts have seen food hardship increase across the country recently, rising faster in households without children. Patrick Cooney, assistant director of the Detroit Partnership on...
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Stevenson discusses the Great Resignation and inflation

Feb 1, 2022
Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, recently talked to Al Jazeera about the Great Resignation – the phenomenon of millions of Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs. She explained what's going on behind the...
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EPI paper cited on COVID crisis in education

Jan 31, 2022 Washington Post
The Washington Post reported on the "crisis of epic proportions" being faced by public education across areas of absenteeism, enrollment, teacher shortages, and other issues, many brought on by the adjustments needed for remote learning caused by...
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Stevenson predicts change in household division of labor

Jan 27, 2022
How do assumed roles in parenting affect the gender pay gap? Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, told The Boston Globe that childcare often falls on the mother, impacting wages and compensation. “Women seem to be a little...
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Hausman discusses COVID-19 economy

Jan 24, 2022 CBS News
Two years after COVID-19 was discovered in the U.S., the country is still grappling with the virus and its effects. Joshua Hausman, associate professor of public policy and economics, discussed the impact of the virus on different...