Topic: Economics

Professor W. Brad Wilcox (left), Ethan Shire ’19 (middle) and Professor Glenn Loury (right) discussed the impact of marriage on adults, children and society as a whole through a sociological and economic lens.

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Watson panel extols virtues of marriage

November 9, 2018 0 comments

Professor of Economics Glenn Loury and Professor W. Brad Wilcox, a sociology professor at the University of Virginia, engaged in a discussion titled “Perspectives on Family Structure, Marriage, and Inequality” last night.

Despite not taking an economics course until her junior year at Swarthmore College, Paxson P’19 chose to pursue the subject as her major.

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Paxson P’19 discusses diversity in economics

October 30, 2018 0 comments

President Christina Paxson P’19 spoke about her experience as an economist and discussed diversity in the field at a lecture held in the University’s Science Center yesterday afternoon.

Fernandez ’21: Reconsidering capitalism as the only option

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Fernandez ’21: Reconsidering capitalism as the only option

October 30, 2018 0 comments

The Political Theory Project hosted a Janus Forum called “Urban Policy in the 21st Century” Oct. 25 to discuss the future of economic policy in the United States.

University study examines effects of SNAP benefits

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University study examines effects of SNAP benefits

October 22, 2018 0 comments

Families who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program use fewer discount coupons and allot more money for spending on food than they would without assistance, according to a forthcoming paper in the American Economic Review by Justine Hastings and Jesse Shapiro, professors of economics.

This chart shows that there is no association between job growth in a given U.S. metropolitan area and average income of those who grew up as low-income in those areas; job growth and upward mobility are not correlated.

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Opportunity Insights helps craft policy

October 11, 2018 0 comments

It is well known that a person’s environment impacts them in many ways, but researchers have recently found that upward mobility is influenced not only by the city or region where a person grew up, but the exact neighborhood they called home.

University relaunches center for international economics

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University relaunches center for international economics

October 3, 2018 0 comments

This fall, the University re-launched the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance, which aims to support “interdisciplinary scholarship that seeks to understand how … global processes matter for both local politics and national welfare,” according to the Rhodes Center’s website. 

Rhode Island unemployment at 20-year low

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Rhode Island unemployment at 20-year low

September 30, 2018 0 comments

The Rhode Island unemployment rate is down to 4 percent for the month of August and closely trails the national August rate of 3.9 percent, according to a recent report released by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training.

D’Amico speaks about different nations’ incarceration rate

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D’Amico speaks about different nations’ incarceration rate

October 18, 2017 0 comments

Daniel D’Amico discussed his research on the incarceration rates among nations in a talk titled “Why Nation’s Jail” Wednesday night.

In his lecture, “Make America Fair Again,” Douglas Elmendorf addresses the large gap betweem low-, middle-, and high-income individuals. He discussed six ways the issue should be addressed in order to solve it.

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Dean of Harvard Kennedy School discusses economic inequality

October 12, 2017 0 comments

Douglas Elmendorf, dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, discussed economic inequality in a lecture titled  “Make America Fair Again.”

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Jacobs ’18: The case against pure economics

March 1, 2017 0 comments

Rates of return, growth patterns, mathematical variables and curves. This is the image of modern economics.