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Justin Wolfers

Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Wolfers is an economist with broad policy-related interests and experience. He is also affiliated with the NBER, Brookings and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a contributing columnist for the New York Times and host of the “Think Like An Economist” podcast. He is a popular teacher and author of a leading economics textbook.
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Wolfers discusses inflation panic and Fed response

Jan 17, 2022 CNN Business
As consumer prices rise, some Americans panic that inflation will continue unabated. With its new interet rate policy, some are wondering if the Federal Reserve made a  mistake. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, has faith in...
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Wolfers argues Build Back Better is not inflationary

Dec 23, 2021 CNN
When West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D) announced he could not support the Biden administration's Build Back Better plan, one of the reasons he cited was the inflationary effect an injection of $2 trillion could have on the economy. Ford School...
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Stevenson and Wolfers on 'The Great Reallocation'

Dec 8, 2021 The New York Times
Writing in The New York Times, Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers shared their views on what the future of work looks like in 2022—an economic upheaval they call "The Great Reallocation"—which just may lead to a more humane labor market. They...
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Wolfers provides analysis on jobs, inflation

Dec 5, 2021
As the omicron variant spreads, the impact it will have on the fragile economic recovery remains uncertain. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, talked to numerous media outlets about economic recovery, the jobs report, and...
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Wolfers breaks down jobs report in NYT op-ed

Dec 3, 2021
Following the release of the November jobs report, Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, broke down what it means in an op-ed in The New York Times.  "This chill in employment might lead one to conclude the economy’s too cold,...
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Wolfers weighs in on gender imbalance on college campuses

Nov 29, 2021 The New York Times
Justin Wolfers penned an opinion piece for the New York Times, sharing his views on the striking gender imbalance on college campuses these days: roughly three women students for every two men.  “The simple mathematics of more women than men...
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Psaki mentions Wolfers in press briefing

Sep 29, 2021 The White House
In a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki quoted Justin Wolfers, in regards to the Biden administration's recent vaccine and testing mandate for companies. "Viewing Biden’s vaccine mandate as simply economic policy, it’s...
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Vaccine mandate good for business, says Wolfers

Sep 17, 2021 NBC News
Some of America's top business executives met with President Biden on Wednesday to discuss the new vaccine and testing mandate for large businesses. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, explained why executive support for the...
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'The virus is the economy' - Wolfers

Sep 3, 2021 Fox Business News
After a few months of economic recovery, the delta variant is slowing down the economy yet again. "Today's dreadful jobs report - which basically put the recovery on ice for a while - is yet another reminder that the virus is the economy," Justin...
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Wolfers comments on work-from-home productivity

Jul 12, 2021 The Sydney Morning Herald
As the world adjusts to what life will look like as the pandemic ebbs, one key question is whether the work-from-home trend will continue. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, said that workers are more productive at home,...
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Wolfers debunks labor shortage with Don Lemon

Jun 22, 2021 CNN's Don Lemon Tonight
Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, sat down on CNN's Don Lemon Tonight to discuss the labor shortage that most believe the U.S. is currently experiencing. Wolfers had a different opinion. "I want to be careful about calling...
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Faculty News spring 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Javed Ali has appeared recently in outlets such as 60 Minutes, ABC News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, NPR’s Morning Edition, and the Los Angeles Times. He’ll become an associate professor of practice at the Ford School this...
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Wolfers analyzes Bitcoin drop

Jun 9, 2021 CryptoBrowser
After falling 10 percent in just 24 hours, a Bitcoin frenzy is underway. Justin Wolfers, professor of public policy and economics, explained how the government's increasing involvement in cryptocurrency affected the market. “News that the...
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Wolfers provides analysis, expectations for post-pandemic economy

Apr 22, 2021 NBC News
“Much of the gain of economic growth over recent decades has gone to capital rather than labor, and to the highly paid, rather than a broader group of workers,” Wolfers said. “A strong economy — and worker shortages — could help rebalance somewhat,...
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Wolfers co-authored paper looks at systemic sexism in economics

Feb 28, 2021
A paper on which Ford School economics professor Justin Wolfers collaborated (with Pascaline Dupas, Alicia Sasser Modestino, Muriel Niederle, and a broader set of 97 economist collaborators known as the Seminar Dynamics Collective), “Gender and the...
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Wolfers: New stimulus is just the first half of the bridge

Jan 5, 2021 NPR
Wolfers: "This is a bill that's going to provide extra support for the unemployed, who really are among the most needy right now, all the way through till the middle of March, when we know the vaccine's not really going to be widely available until...
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Faculty News fall 2020

Dec 9, 2020
Javed Ali organized a panel for New America on domestic terrorism. His new podcast, The Burn Bag, produced with two Ford School alumni, A'ndre Gonawela (BA ‘19) and Ryan Rosenthal (BA ‘19), has featured U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, General David...
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Student loan forgiveness proposals bad macro econ policy, says Wolfers

Dec 6, 2020 Chicago Tribune
Most of the [student loan debt] relief would go to people who don't need it and would merely sock it away. "This is the worst macro policy I've ever heard of," said Wolfers. It would make far more sense to funnel money to low-income and unemployed...
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Wolfers says people need pandemic relief grants

Dec 2, 2020 NPR Marketplace
Grants should go to people, said Wolfers.  “Unlike previous recessions, we should really design the package around income support for the millions of people who are either without work or on incredibly reduced hours,” he said. You can read and...
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Wolfers: Postpone Thanksgiving to save lives

Nov 19, 2020 New York Times
"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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Wolfers says economic issues dominate last days of the election

Oct 31, 2020 ABC Australia
"The U.S. GDP rebound leaves the economy in a hole as deep as the darkest days of the Great Recession that occurred after the financial crisis. Trump has been a disappointment in many ways for people in the Rust Belt. And a challenge for a Biden...