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News Coverage Jan 29, 2016

Time Tracking Blog: You Don’y Have to be a Geek to Make it Big in the Gig Economy

“At the lower end, a report published in December 2015 by The Hamilton Project estimates that just 600,000 people in the U.S. (equivalent to 0.4 percent of the total workforce) currently work in the gig economy. This figure is much smaller than other estimates and while some may use it as evidence that the gig economy is simply “Silicon Valley Hype”, the report maintains that these workers still represent a significant and growing minority who not only warrant our attention but greater protection.”

News Coverage Jan 27, 2016

JD Supra Business Advisor: DOL to Revive Survey to Assess Members of the “Gig” Economy

News Coverage Jan 27, 2016

Project Syndicate: Doing Well by Doing Good

“If you get most of your ideas about government from speeches by America’s Republican presidential candidates, it’s easy to believe that the US federal government is incapable of doing anything right. But not even the Republicans actually believe it. The proof is just beneath the surface, where a remarkable bipartisan consensus is emerging around an approach to America’s most serious social problems – including homelessness, criminal recidivism, preschool education, and chronic illness – that combines the best principles of conservatism and progressivism. It is a strategy that is playing out in Republican states such as Utah and Kentucky and Democratic ones like Massachusetts and California.”

News Coverage Jan 25, 2016

Kentucky New Era: Small classes: Do they really help kids learn?

“A lot of people were disappointed when California didn’t have major gains,” said Diane Schanzenbach, an associate professor of social policy at Northwestern University. She said one issue in California is that schools had to hire a lot of new, inexperienced teachers to handle the decreased class sizes, saying that probably dampened some of the benefits of decreasing class sizes. She said there is evidence that class size matters, but the question is just how much."

News Coverage Jan 20, 2016

Money Talks News: More Thank 500,000 Americans Will Soon Lose Food Stamps

“About 1 in 10 recipients of food stamps are considered able-bodied adults without dependent children, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They receive an average of $191 in food stamps each month. These are typically the poorest Americans, both from a monetary and an educational standpoint. “When we’re talking about this population, they’ve got low levels of skill, and the job market is still soft. They’re the first fired and the last to be re-hired,” Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, director of the Hamilton Project at the Brooking Institution, told Pacific Standard. “Taking away this meager benefit, it would be surprising to me if we then saw a big response of people working. The reason that these people are not working is not because they’re saying, ‘Oh gosh, I don’t want to lose my food stamp benefits.'”

News Coverage Jan 15, 2016

The Washington Post: Sorry, Powerball dreamers: There’s no such thing as a ‘lucky store’

“People should behave as if these things are totally random,” said Melissa Kearney, a University of Maryland economist. “But they don’t.” And Kearney has proved it. In 2008, she co-authored a paper titled “Gambling at Lucky Stores: Empirical Evidence from State Lottery Sales.” She and co-author Jonathan Guryan found that in the week after selling a big ticket, stores see lottery sales jump as much as 38 percent. This effect takes place right away and can last months.”

News Coverage Jan 15, 2016

The Financial Times: Lunch with the FT: Roland Fryer

"We are five minutes into our lunch when Roland Fryer asks if he may use my notepad and pen to draw a chart. The youngest African-American to take up a tenured professorship at Harvard University is explaining his new research on racial differences in the use of force by US police. As a teenager, Fryer had guns pulled on him “six or seven” times by cops. “But,” he says, sketching a downward curve from left to right, “there is a disturbing trend of people discussing race in America based only on their own personal experience.” In a voice with a hint of southern drawl, he adds: “I don’t care about my personal experience or anyone else’s — all I want to know is how that experience gets us to data to help us know what is really going on.”

News Coverage Jan 15, 2016

Pacific Standard: Do Food Stamps Really Discourage Work?

“While the work incentive effects of welfare have been extensively studied, it's not actually clear that food stamp benefits provide any work disincentives, particularly among non-disabled adults without dependents. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, is skeptical that SNAP benefits today provide much in the way of work disincentives for healthy, childless adults.”

News Coverage Jan 13, 2016

Bloomberg Business: Summers Says Global Economic Can’t Withstand Four 2016 Fed Hikes

“Policy makers need to heed the message from global commodity and stock markets that “risks are substantially tilted to the downside,” former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said Wednesday. Given the weakness in prices and growth, it’ll be hard for the world to take in stride four interest-rate increases that forecasters are penciling in from the Federal Reserve this year, Summers said in a Bloomberg TV interview.”

News Coverage Jan 11, 2016

The Huffington Post: Inventing Fish: An Industry on the Brink

“We are all aware of the crisis in world fisheries that has brought many species to the verge of extinction. Fishing is, of course, big business. According to a Hamilton Project report based on U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service statistics, fishing in the U.S. represents some $90 billion in annual revenues and supports over one and half million jobs. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration classifies 17% of US fisheries as "overfished," and resource management schemes, applied by zones and species, are at the center of an industry response to this serious natural resource challenge.”

News Coverage Jan 11, 2016

Bloomberg View: Have App, Won’t Travel

“Over the winter break, my teenage children observed, based on their friends and acquaintances, that young adults are much less eager to get their driver's licenses than they once were, and that in general fewer young people have them. I was skeptical at first, but it turns out they’re right. In 1983, 92 percent of Americans aged 20 to 24 had a driver’s license. In 2014, just 77 percent did. Were it not for that decline, 3.5 million more young people would be drivers today.”

News Coverage Jan 7, 2016

Associated Press: Why Wal-Mart family foundation is spending $1 billion on charter schools

“In 2012, The Christian Science Monitor reported that the presence of charter schools can help traditional schools: ‘Charter schools are not a silver bullet for education reform, a new report says, but applying the best practices from some charter schools to low-performing public schools may increase student achievement. Early data show that the strategy – applied in Houston and Denver pilot programs – yielded “promising” results, according to the report, titled "Learning from the Successes and Failures of Charter Schools" and released Thursday by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution.’”