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    President and CEO of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals Oct17  Conversation with Mike Derkacz, President and CEO of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals 12:00pm
    Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room 365
    Opioid 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?
  • (Source: Wiki Commons) 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.

  • Image: Healthcare, Source: Pixnio 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.[1] In 2016 alone, the United States spent $3.3 trillion or 17.9% of our GDP on health care.[2] 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.

  • The Senate on Wednesday defeated a Democratic measure to overrule President Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare ... 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 Affiliate

    Ioana E. Marinescu Ioana 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.

  • [Image: White picket fence. Source: Wikimedia Commons.] October 8 A Dream Destroyed?: Considerations of Income Mobility in the United States

    Michelle Obama has called education the “single-most important civil rights issue” of today.[1] President George Bush has referred to education as “the great civil rights issue of our time.”[2] Similarly, President Trump has vocalized support for education spending, despite his administration’s efforts to pass major budget cuts for existing programs and funnel more public funds into controversial school choice programs.[3][4] Regardless, all of these statements point to a recognition that education is the proverbial ladder to a better life—to the procurement of the American Dream.  In an age in which many are questioning what it means to be an American and to pursue the Dream, economic mobility remains central to this famed ideal. But what is a better life?  And, who can realistically dream of attaining it?