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Cultivating the next generation of East African researchers

Alexandra Orsola-Vidal, Global Networks Director, Center for Effective Global Action | August 5, 2015

The demand for rigorous, robust data to inform African decision makers has never been higher. Earlier this month, the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative partnered with the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), the World Bank, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and The Abdul Latif Jameel … Continue reading »

A cost of inequality: growth

Claude Fischer, professor of sociology | October 23, 2012

A recent story in The New York Times, back in its business section, had important news about inequality: “Income Inequality May Take Toll on Growth.” A couple of economists at the IMF reported research (here) showing that, across many countries, periods of greater income inequality tend to be followed by slow-downs in economic growth. This … Continue reading »

Is environmentalism bad for fighting climate change?

Ethan Elkind, director, Climate Program at Berkeley Law | May 30, 2012

Sure, it sounds like a paradox.  The environmental movement has done a lot of good for the planet and for pollution.  But in the face of the greatest environmental threat of our time, the movement may be fundamentally ill-suited to tackle the climate crisis. For most of its history, environmentalism has essentially been about stopping … Continue reading »

Restore the basic bargain

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | November 29, 2011

For most of the last century, the basic bargain at the heart of the American economy was that employers paid their workers enough to buy what American employers were selling. That basic bargain created a virtuous cycle of higher living standards, more jobs, and better wages. Back in 1914, Henry Ford announced he was paying … Continue reading »

The hostage crisis continues: Why Obama can’t pivot to jobs and growth

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | August 3, 2011

With the hostage crisis behind him, the President is now ready to talk about the nation’s real problem. Nine paragraphs into his remarks today announcing the nation has paid most of the ransom the radical right demanded as a condition for maintaining the full faith and credit of the United States (he didn’t use these … Continue reading »