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HKS in the News March 1, 2012

1. Figures show Obama halted recession (Frankel) Bangkok Post

2. Let Parades Greet Our Iraq Vets (Kayyem) Boston Globe

3. Cash Is Better Than Food Stamps in Helping Poor (Glaeser) Bloomberg News

4. Approaching Bioethics (Jasanoff) Harvard Crimson

5. Fed Economist, Boston Housing Advisor: Time Has Come To Re-Think Foreclosure Timing Banker & Tradesman


Figures show Obama halted recession

Bangkok Post

February 29

Commentary by: Jeffrey Frankel

Topic: The U.S. economic recovery

With November's election in the United States fast approaching, the Republican candidates seeking to challenge President Barack Obama claim that his policies have done nothing to support recovery from the recession that he inherited in January 2009....

There is a good case to be made that government policies _ while not strong enough to return the economy rapidly to health _ did halt an accelerating economic decline. But the middle-ground observers are right that one cannot prove what would have happened otherwise.

It is also true that it is rare for a government's policies to have a major impact on the economy immediately.

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Let Parades Greet Our Iraq Vets

Boston Globe

March 1

Commentary by: Juliette Kayyem

Topic: Honoring Iraq war veterans

LAST NIGHT, the White House hosted a formal dinner in honor of Iraq veterans, inviting 200 soldiers and their spouses from all 50 states. It was an opportunity to give thanks. But it wasn’t enough.

The complicated ending to the Iraq war has generated an impassioned debate about how we ought to celebrate the soldiers returning home. Localities throughout the nation have organized parades, but the Pentagon has balked at the notion of a national celebration and a Times Square event. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has deferred to the Pentagon’s concern that the events are premature because we still have troops in harm’s way in Afghanistan, and a big party could be viewed by Afghans as triumphalist.

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Cash Is Better Than Food Stamps in Helping Poor

Bloomberg News

February 27

Commentary by: Edward Glaeser, Taubman Center, Rappaport Institute

Topic: U.S. welfare programs

Glaeser is also quoted in an article published by Agence France Presse.

...I am also troubled by the more than $100 billion designated for “food and nutrition” in the president’s 2013 budget. The current dominance of in-kind transfer programs, such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing support, relative to cash- based welfare programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Temporary Aid to Needy Families, is based on politics rather than economics. A consolidated cash-based program could more efficiently deliver assistance and more effectively encourage employment.

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Approaching Bioethics

Harvard Crimson

March 1

Quoted: Sheila Jasanoff

Topic: Harvard's new concentration in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology

...A smaller course called History of Science 253: “Bioethics, Law, and the Life Sciences,” taught by Sheila Jasanoff, provides an alternative approach to bioethics. Sandel and Melton’s class begins with the science and uses knowledge of that science to help students define their own moral views. Jasanoff’s course, a seminar offered jointly by the College and the Kennedy School, is grounded in science and technology studies. It consists of case studies that allow students to examine specific scientific and policy situations and then build theories from their observations.

“We are quite deficient as a society and as an establishment if we’re not also paying attention to how things work out in practice and on the whole,” Jasanoff says. Because of this, her work aims to “not just look at what people say bioethics is, [but] look at what people are doing when they perform bioethics.”

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Fed Economist, Boston Housing Advisor: Time Has Come To Re-Think Foreclosure Timing

Banker & Tradesman

February 29

Cited: Rappaport Institute

Topic: Discussion about housing foreclosures in Boston

It is said that time heals all wounds. But when it comes to the foreclosure system, adding time to the process isn't helping - it's only drawing out the pain.

According to Sheila Dillon, housing advisor to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, giving borrowers and lenders more time to arrange an alternative to foreclosure - including mandated 90- or 150-day right-to-cure periods - is largely ineffective. Absent any guiding principles or required mediation, Dillon said, too often lenders simply wait out the period without engaging borrowers.

Dillon spoke last night at an event sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. She was joined by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Senior Economist Paul Willen.

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