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Posts from 2013

The Minimum Wage, Guns, Healthcare, and the Meaning of a Decent Society

by Robert Reich

Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that’s baloney. Employers won’t outsource the jobs abroad or substitute machines for them because jobs at this low level of pay are all in the local personal service sector (retai… More

The Secret to Fixing Bad Schools

David Kirp's Op-ed in the New York Times

What would it really take to give students a first-rate education? Some argue that our schools are irremediably broken and that charter schools offer the only solution. The striking achievement of Union City, N.J. — bringing poor, mostly immigrant kids into the educational mainstream — argues for reinv… More

Year Up Bridges the Gap

Year Up Bridges the Gap

Students 18-24 years old can get help from everything from handshakes to computer programming in their quest to go to college or get a job, thanks to Jay Banfield (MPP ‘97) and the program he founded, Year Up. “There is a real skills gap in our country,” says Jay. More

Goldman School Welcomes Hilary Hoynes

Professor Hilary Hoynes, a noted public finance and labor economist currently at the University of California, Davis, will join the GSPP faculty on July 1, 2013. She will also have an appointment in the Economics Department. She will hold the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities. Professor Hoynes stu… More