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Stevenson and Wolfers: "Think Like an Economist"

Aug 21, 2020
Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers have launched a new podcast, called "Think Like an Economist." In a series of tweets on August 19, @JustinWolfers explained:   We’re calling it Think Like an Economist because we want to teach you to,...

Ford School economists comment on Federal response to COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020
A historic $2 trillion relief package has just been approved by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent economic crisis. Professors Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers have weighed in on the relief package and the economic...
Weiser Diplomacy Center Series

The Evolving Role of the U.S. in the Gulf Region

Nov 16, 2020, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Please join us for a virtual public event with General Anthony C. Zinni, former United States Marine Corps general and Dr. Dania Thafer, Executive Director of Gulf International Forum (GIF) in conversation with Associate Professor John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center. 
CFLP Blue Bag Lunches

Domesticating Foreign Finance

Sep 10, 2020, 12:00 pm EDT
More than a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, U.S. policymakers still have not adequately addressed one of the primary causes of the crash: foreign banks.
CFLP Blue Bag Lunches

Private Financing of Public Infrastructure: Will Digital Finance Open the Floodgates?

Oct 4, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
South Hall Room 0220
Historically, public infrastructure systems such as roads, water utilities, and schools are financed using a combination of tax revenue, government and revenue-backed bonds. This system has repeatedly fallen short due to insufficient tax revenue and political aversion towards funding “social infrastructure”. Especially for schools, the access to quality infrastructure is highly correlated (in the US) to poverty, stemming from property values, credit worthiness and other factors. A recent bill (not passed) required a 1:6 leverage of federal with state and private finance, compared to 1:12 in Europe and 1:30 proposed under the Climate accords. Either infrastructure has not been built or upgraded, or private capital has stepped in the breach. At the Center for Smart Infrastructure Finance, we're asking whether data-driven models can close the gap by taking advantage of the internet of things (IoT): smart sensors that deliver information which can be monetized. This seminar will explore how private financing models that leverage digital data supply chains to attract 'efficient capital' (e.g. insurance, options trades, debt securities, variable interest rate bonds) can be adapted to financing public infrastructure while limiting recourse to the citizens that use it, and leveling the economic disparities of access.
Ford School

Interdisciplinary approaches to financial stability

Oct 22-23, 2015, 8:00 am-3:30 pm EDT
University of Michigan Law School, Room TBA
The Federal Office of Financial Research and the University of Michigan are co-hosting this conference to bring together regulators, policymakers, financial market participants, and academic researchers to explore ways of bolstering financial stability.
Ford School