Restructuring competition: The Biden executive order and beyond
President Biden recently issued an executive order calling for new actions by the federal government aimed at increasing market competition and strengthening antitrust enforcement. To illuminate potential consequences and implications of the executive order, the Penn Program on Regulation held a panel discussion with leading scholars of antitrust law and policy: Herbert Hovenkamp, the James G. Dinan Professor at the Carey Law School and the Wharton School; Jonathan Klick, law professor at Penn Law; and Ioana Marinescu, associate professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice.Read Story
Harvard Political Review
Beyond Foster Care
A gender-neutral restroom in every school: Philly plans changes to make transgender kids feel safe
When Philadelphia public schools reopen on August 31, every building will be equipped with a gender-neutral restroom — at least one single stall for transgender and nonbinary students. Amy Hillier, an associate professor at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), is also a public school parent who helped write and evaluate the School District’s policy protecting LGBTQ students.
The New York Times
A Planned Biden Order Aims to Tilt the Job Market Toward Workers
According to an increasingly influential school of thought in economic circles, corporate mergers and other common business practices have made American workers worse off, and the government should address it. Ioana Marinescu, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice, analyzed data on 8,000 labor markets with two co-authors and found that when a job market was heavily concentrated among a few employers, it resulted in a 5 percent to 17 percent decline in wages.Read Story
Penn Vet dual degrees: The student experience
Last year, Penn Vet expanded its dual degree program, adding a VMD-Master of Social Work (VMD-MSW), with Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, as well as a VMD-Master of Environmental Studies (VMD-MES), with the University’s School of Arts and Sciences. The expansion of the dual degree program is timely, given the recent perfect storm of a pandemic; growing awareness of social, racial and economic inequity; and increased impact of climate change.Read Story
‘Global Health Justice and Governance’
From philosophy to law to public health, experts respond in a special symposium issue of the journal Global Health Governance to SP2 professor Jennifer Prah Ruger’s book, Global Health Justice and Governance, which foreshadowed pandemic issues.Read Story
U.S News & World Report
COVID-19 Relief Funds Put Former Foster Kid on Stable Ground
According to a study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research, the effects of the pandemic were particularly pronounced on older foster kids and those who who aged out of foster care during the pandemic. More specifically, it created instability in the living arrangements, financial uncertainty and food insecurity.
“Almost half of the participants reported COVID-19 having a negative impact on their employment, including being laid-off, no longer having reliable gig work or having hours/income severely cut,” reads the Field Center report. “Two-thirds of the participants reported that COVID-19 was having a major negative impact on their educational progress or attainment. Slightly more than half of the participants reported symptoms of depression or anxiety.”Read Story
Don’t believe it when people say ‘no one wants to work anymore’
Chad Dion Lassiter, SP2 alum and executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and SP2 assistant professor Ioana Marinescu are respectively quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece by Jenice Armstrong, which argues that the claim that people don’t want to work anymore is “a classist trope and a gross oversimplification.” Lassiter, Marinescu, and other experts offer their ideas and perspectives on this discussion.Read Story
Wisconsin Public Radio
Minimum Wage Movement And The Labor Market
Last week, McDonald’s announced that it’s raising wages for its non-managerial workers to $17 an hour. The move comes after Chipotle and Olive Garden boosted wages. Labor economist Ioana Marinescu of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice explains the minimum wage movement and how the pandemic has affected the labor market as a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio.Read Story
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