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Faculty: Solomon Hsiang

You have a science and urban planning background. How did you come into the world of public policy? I know that because of my background, it might look like I “stumbled” into public policy — but that couldn’t be further from the truth. From the very start of my time as an undergraduate, I… More

Preschool Advocates Should Tamp Expectations

Ever since President Obama's emphasized universal early childhood education in his State of the Union address, the chattering class has gleefully proclaimed its potential to be a game-changer for America. There is no doubt early childhood education leads to short-term academic success and perhaps long-term stu… More

State Needs Federal Investment, Not Cuts

The aerospace industry is worried. Its most important customer, the Department of Defense, might have to cut more than $40 billion from its budget this year because of automatic spending cuts, otherwise known as the sequester, which - without congressional action - will begin Friday. Such cuts would be “ca… More

Fiscal Wiz Carmen Chu named Assessor-Recorder

Calling her fiscally “brilliant” SF Mayor Edwin Lee named Carmen Chu (MPP ‘03) as the city’s Assessor-Recorder. “Carmen’s exemplary budgetary skills as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors have benefited the entire city,” says Mayor Lee. Th… More