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Monnat research cited in Population Reference Bureau article on opioid overdose epidemic

According to Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, interventions should target communities with populations in "significant economic distress," focusing on "places that have experienced major labor market shifts and income decline over the past four decades." "Failure to consider the underlying economic causes could lead to ineffective policy strategies," she says.

January 17, 2018

Baltagi article on panel data using ε-contamination published in Journal of Econometricsec

Badi H.Baltagi, Georges Bresson, Anoop Chaturvedi & Guy Lacroix
December 31, 2017

Monnat comments on risks of healthcare mergers in CBS article

Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, was interviewed for the CBS Moneywatch article, "Could your pharmacy replace your doctor?" "We have to be careful that the clinics being proposed don't just become low-quality health care dumping grounds for poor and vulnerable patients," she said. "Quality of care should be a top concern."
December 7, 2017

Monnat weighs in on possible CVS, Aetna merger in Boston Globe

A CVS, Aetna merger is possible, upon which Shannon Monnat comments that the merger may lower costs by increasing access to timely, more affordable care. But she cautions that the potential downside is that it could contribute to the "tremendous disparity" in the health care system. Read more in the Boston Globe article, "Could CVS become the Genius Bar of health care?
December 5, 2017

Burman weighs in on a simpler tax code in the Huffington Post

"Radical simplification would be possible, but this bill is not radical simplification, regardless of how may props they use," says Len Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics, about the GOP tax bill.

November 30, 2017

Bifulco comments on Say Yes to Education in article

Robert Bifulco, associate dean and chair of public administration and international affairs, was quoted in the article "Will Say Yes to Education scholarship program boost Cleveland's economy?" Bifulco believes in the program, stating that the primary goal is to intervene in students lives, with humanitarian effects being larger than economic impacts.
November 20, 2017

Lutz study on SAT mismatch, college outcomes published in Ethnic and Racial Studies journal

Amy Lutz, Pamela R. Bennett & Rebecca Wang
November 17, 2017

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Burman discusses GOP tax plan in Washington Post, CBS News, NY Times

"This is not a burden increase. People who qualify for premium tax credits and drop insurance are better off doing it (their cost of insurance doesn't change). Worse off are those who have incomes too high to qualify for credits and would face much higher premiums," says Len Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics.

November 17, 2017

Monnat op-ed on the opioid crisis published in ConvergenceRI

Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, discusses the need to address the underlying causes of distress, despair and disconnectedness in regards to the opioid epidemic.

November 15, 2017

Burman comments on the debate to end the estate tax in The Atlantic

If Gary Cohn, the White House chief economic adviser, "were trying to make a parody of the rich people’s argument for the estate tax, he couldn’t have done a better job,” says Leonard Burman, professor of public administration and international affairs and Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics.

November 15, 2017

Maxwell X Lab innovates policymaking through behavioral science

The launch of Maxwell X Lab as a component of the Center for Policy Research in January 2017 is meant to understand human behavior based in social science and behavioral economics research. The goal here is to help Maxwell Students and faculty run experiments that result in reliable, convincing outcomes.
November 15, 2017

Monnat cited in Business Insider article on opioid crisis, Trump

Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, says her findings indicate that places where rates of death due to drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and suicide are high are also places that heavily supported Trump in the election.

November 13, 2017

Inaugural Otey and Barbara Scruggs graduate scholars named

“The Otey and Barbara Scruggs scholarship is a fitting tribute to a treasured member of the History Department and his wife,” said Associate Professor and Chair of History Norman Kutcher. “Otey cared deeply about the University generally and the History Department especially. Graduate education grew substantially in strength and numbers under his leadership, so it is fitting that this scholarship will benefit our most deserving graduate students.”

November 13, 2017

Lutz study on mismatch and academic performance published in Ethnic and Racial Studies

Amy Lutz, Pamela R. Bennett & Rebecca Wang
November 12, 2017

See related: Education

Schwartz study on inclusion, students with disabilities published

Leanna Stiefel, Menbere Shiferaw, Amy Ellen Schwartz & Michael Gottfried
November 2, 2017

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Susanna Loeb will be this year's speaker. Professor Loeb is Director of the Annenberg Institute and Professor of Education & International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Her research focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students.

The annual Jerry Miner Lecture is sponsored by EFAP and named in honor of Emeritus Professor, Jerry Miner. Professor Miner is an Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) faculty associate who is widely known for his research in public finance and education finance. He is one of very few scholars who understands the New York State Education aid formulas. 

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