EventsOct17 Conversation with Mike Derkacz, President and CEO of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals 12:00pmLocation: Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room 365Opioid overdoses claimed over 42,000 lives in 2016 alone, and the crisis has shown no signs of abating. Many argue that the pharmaceutical industry is largely to blame for starting the epidemic, in aggressively promoting the use of opioids and hiding evidence of their addictive properties. What is the industry doing now to combat it?
October 15 Tariffs, Trade, and National Security: The U.S.-China Trade War in Context
On July 5th, the United States placed tariffs against $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. To many pundits, this was yet another sign of the worsening trade war between the United States and China. However, the latest strife is only part of a larger web of trade disputes involving the United States and the rest of the world. Since imposing a wide reaching 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum, the US has been engaged in a multi-front trade war with adversaries and allies alike. Although similar to previous trade disputes, these latest tariffs are both economically and legally unique, thereby meriting additional analysis. This article explains how the latest trade restrictions threaten not only years of US trade policy but also the country’s international economic and diplomatic standing.
October 11 The Future of Physician Payment Reform
From 1996 to 2013, United States health care spending increased by $933.5 billion, driven largely by increases in the intensity and price of care. In 2016 alone, the United States spent $3.3 trillion or 17.9% of our GDP on health care. In response, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aimed to curb the rise in health care spending by instituting cost control policies. These measures were designed to eliminate waste, improve efficiency, and rein in overutilization. A central part of this reform was the development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which hold groups of providers collectively responsible for the overall cost and quality of care for a defined patient population.
October 10 Senate defeats Democrats’ proposal to halt short-term health plan expansion
Democratic efforts to halt the expansion of short term health plans curtailed; Central Bank rate increases criticized by Trump; Producer prices increased in September.
Faculty AffiliateIoana E. Marinescu
Ioana Marinescu studies the labor market to craft policies to enhance employment, productivity, and economic security. Her research expertise includes online job search, workforce development, unemployment insurance, the universal basic income, and employment contracts and has been published in leading academic journals like Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Public Economics. She is the leading economist at Data@Work Research Hub, a workforce data gathering and sharing project funded by the Sloan Foundation. Dr. Marinescu writes a monthly op-ed for the French Newspaper Liberation, and a monthly blog post on hiring and management tips backed by research at CareeBuilder.com. Additionally, Dr. Marinescu is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.