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Can the U.S. Afford a Guaranteed Jobs Program?

Filthy Lucre, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
For a long time, the idea of a government-endorsed guaranteed job program has been pushed by some politicians, particularly those who are more liberal-leaning.  One of the most prominent supporters of the program has been Senator Bernie Sanders.  The debate regarding the guaranteed job... Read More »

America might be ready for democratic socialism. It’s not ready for the bill.

Vox, Tuesday, August 7, 2018
From that baseline, Sanders has proposed a Social Security expansion, including higher cost-of-living adjustments and higher minimum benefit levels, that the liberal Tax Policy Center estimates will cost $188 billion over the next decade.  The Tax Policy Center also scores... Read More »

Ground reality: Mapping urban slums

Forbes India, Tuesday, July 31, 2018
All the while, official data has underestimated the number of, and the economic value laden in, slums, suggest two recent studies based on machine learning algorithms and satellite imagery. The reports—jointly prepared by Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, impact investment firm... Read More »

Kirwan Institute Leadership Announcement

Ohio State University, Friday, July 27, 2018
Dear Colleagues, I write to announce that Darrick Hamilton, PhD, has accepted our offer to serve as the executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective January 1, 2019. Dr. Hamilton is... Read More »

President Trump Wants a Dovish Fed Chair. He Fired Her

Bloomberg, Thursday, July 26, 2018
On What’d You Miss this Week, Joe Wiesenthal, Scarlet Fu and Julie Hyman spoke with Greg Valliere, Horizon Investments Chief Global Strategist, about the feud that he has been warning for months was inevitable: President Trump versus the Federal Reserve. Valliere stressed that for him this is not a... Read More »

Program Helps Durham Students Hone Writing, Research, Presentation Skills

Duke Today, Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Were America’s Japanese-American internment camps considered a military necessity or a product of racial bias? Middle and high school students from Durham Public Schools puzzled over the answer last week as they discussed immigration and its history in America during a session at the Hank... Read More »

Making a Federal Jobs Guarantee Work

Bloomberg, Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Professor Darity discusses his job guarantee program with Joe Weisenthal on Bloomberg.  See full video here. 

With drones and satellites, India gets to know its slums

Reuters, Tuesday, July 24, 2018
About a third of the world’s urban population lives in informal settlements, according to United Nations data.  These settlements may account for 30 percent to 60 percent of housing in cities, yet they are generally undercounted, resulting in a lack of essential services, which can... Read More »

Are Indian slums an economic asset hiding in plain sight?

Your Story, Tuesday, July 24, 2018
India is home to over 105 million slum dwellers, people who live in informal settlements, including those who do not have recognised rights to their land and property. The popular consensus and imagery that is consistent with slums is that of tightly-packed shanty dwellings, hungry and... Read More »

Study reveals 2,000 slums in Bengaluru, govt lists only 597

The Times of India, Monday, July 23, 2018
BENGALURU: Using satellite imagery and machine learning, a multi-agency study on the state of slums in Bengaluru has uncovered startling discrepancies in official ata: The city has over 2,000 slums, and the government recognizes only 597.  Interestingly, only Gulbarga Colony... Read More »

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