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Popp comments on green stimulus, economic crisis in MIT Technology Review

July 28, 2020

"What’s really important right now is getting money out quickly, and Congress can’t even do that," says David Popp, professor of public administration and international affairs. "I worry about tacking on green stimulus, or anything else that slows down the process. We can worry about financing the green transition six months from now."

Harrington Meyer quoted in Christian Science Monitor article on working parents, COVID-19

July 10, 2020
"A lot more grandparents are deciding to burst their bubble," to see or care for their grandchildren.

Yingyi Ma quoted in South China Morning Post article on Trump's visa rules for foreign students

July 8, 2020

"A large majority of Chinese students [are] coming to study in the U.S. not for political reasons," says Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology. "What they really want is quality education opportunities, so that they can improve their career prospects, or they can broaden their horizons and really enjoy being in the process of cultivating their global citizenship."

Popp discusses green investments, post-COVID recovery in SPI blog post

June 26, 2020

"Our research shows that green investments can help smooth the transition to a green economy, but must be used carefully," says David Popp, professor of public administration and international affairs.

Ma comments on order to stop visas for skilled immigrants in Politico

June 25, 2020

Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology, assesses that Trump's executive order suspending the entry of foreign workers seeking H1-B visas "seriously undermines American leadership in fields such as technology and medicine where skilled immigrants serve as the backbone."

Ma quoted in South China Morning Post article on BLM movement, Asian-American community

June 17, 2020

Those of an older generation, whether in China or the U.S., generally prefer to circumvent discussion of politics and socioeconomic issues, says Yingyi Ma, associate professor of sociology. "They have memories of the Cultural Revolution and they understand how divisive and how difficult it was and how much destruction it caused," she says.

Hou quoted in Bloomberg article on balanced-budget loopholes

May 26, 2020

"The rules are not ironclad," says Yilin Hou, professor of public administration and international affairs. "The simple reason being that state governments must operate to provide the services demanded by citizens, however harsh the rules are." 

Rothbart recommends a new GI Bill for COVID-19 workers in The Hill

May 18, 2020

"This will help veterans of the COVID-19 crisis recover from their combat and will reflect well on how we treat our battle-tested heroes," writes Michah Rothbart, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, about the need for a new GI Bill.

Flores-Lagunes gives advice to 2020 graduates in

May 12, 2020

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, professor of economics, says that graduate school is generally a smart option for students graduating during an economic downturn, provided they balance the added debt with demand for jobs in their desired profession. He added that students should look for programs that help them build connections and network with future employers. 

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