Market Watch

Low wages are just the start of the problems for millions of U.S. workers during COVID-19 — here’s why

A common dilemma job applicants face is balancing salary with working conditions and labor violations. However, new research suggests that lower-paying jobs are also more likely to have poorer working conditions, which compounds issues facing U.S. workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to a paper circulated by the National Bureau of Economic Research written by Ioana Marinescu, a University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice economics professor, Aaron Sojourner, a University of Minnesota economics professor and Yue Qiu, a Temple University finance professor.

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Should We Really Be Worried About Too Much Covid Relief?

President Biden’s pandemic recovery plan is drawing criticism from some, but there are simple fixes to most objections, argues Noah Smith in Bloomberg Opinion. Some are worried about the extension of special unemployment benefits, sometimes known as Pandemic UI. But should we really be worried? A well-known paper by economists Damon Jones and SP2’s Ioana Marinescu found that cash payouts from the Alaska Permanent Fund didn’t reduce employment at all.

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The New York Times

For Women in Economics, the Hostility Is Out in the Open

Studies have found that the field of economics is plagued by a singular problem of gender bias. Prominent women in the field, including SP2 assistant professor Ioana Marinescu, PhD, recently shared their perspectives and experiences with The New York Times.
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Wisconsin Public Radio

Could Guaranteed Or Universal Income Be The Future?

Could guaranteed or universal income be the future? SP2’s Amy Castro Baker, PhD, co-lead of the Center for Guaranteed Income Research, discusses this on Wisconsin Public Radio.

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Virginia Mercury

How we get through the pandemic and rebuild for a better future

Ashley C. Kenneth, an alumna of the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) is senior vice president at the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond nonprofit that conducts analyses of fiscal and economic issues with a focus on low- and moderate-income people. In this guest column for the Virginia Mercury, she discusses how legislators should use available resources, including money that is freed up due to the latest federal relief package, to meet challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Penn Today

Two Penn faculty named Hastings Center Fellows

Two faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, Scott D. Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine and Jennifer Prah Ruger of the School of Social Policy & Practice, have been named Hastings Center Fellows for deepening public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, science, and technology.

Halpern and Prah Ruger are two of 14 new Hastings Center Fellows joining an elected group of more than 200 that produce publications on ethical issues in health, science, and technology that inform policy, practice, and public understanding of bioethics.

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The Seattle Times

How much will homelessness rise? Grim study shows possible ‘impact of doing nothing,’ researchers say

A recession following the coronavirus pandemic could cause twice as much homelessness nationwide as the Great Recession did more than a decade ago, says a grim study released by Economic Roundtable, an L.A. research group.

“This report certainly is a warning alarm for the potential impact of doing nothing,” said Dennis Culhane, a renowned homelessness researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice.

Culhane pointed out that Congress never provided direct relief to everyone in the United States in 2009 or 2010 — the middle of the Great Recession — except for extended unemployment benefits.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Blood at the Capitol is the latest chapter in the brutal politics of angry white men | Opinion

“What we saw Jan. 6 was a breach of the protection wall shielding white Americans from the worst of their compatriots’ rage,” writes Chad Dion Lassiter, Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) alum and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, in a new op-ed for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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2021 Will Be the Year of Guaranteed Income Experiments

Fueled by a growing group of city leaders, philanthropists and nonprofit organizations, 2021 will see an explosion of guaranteed income pilot programs in U.S. cities. At least 11 direct-cash experiments will be in effect this year, from Pittsburgh to Compton. Another 20 mayors have said they may launch such pilots in the future, with several cities taking initial legislative steps to implement them.

The Mayors for a Guaranteed Income Coalition has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice to produce research reports, and will share best practices throughout. The effort has gained high-profile philanthropic supporters, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who donated $3 million to the group in July and another $15 million in December.

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SP2 News

Sherisse Laud-Hammond

Alumni Stories

MSW Alumna Reflects on Transformative Year as Penn Women’s Center Director

Last year, Sherisse Laud-Hammond was named the new director of the Penn Women’s Center, a position in which she is...

Olivia Welsh

Student Life

Going All In: NPL Student Founds Nonprofit Consulting Agency

Let’s say that you’re a student, and you’ve just completed your undergraduate studies in the midst of a massive global...

Dennis Culhane, PhD

Faculty & Research

SP2 Professor Opens Spring 2021 Penn Population Studies Colloquium Series

The Spring 2021 programming of the Penn Population Studies Colloquium Series opened with a talk by Dennis P. Culhane, PhD, Professor...

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Student Life, Alumni Stories

PSCSW Awards for Clinical Excellence Recognizes PhD Student

Alicia Chatterjee, PhD candidate and MSW graduate at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), recently won a Pennsylvania Society...

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