UPI and other media outlets have covered the research of SMU economist Shlomo Weber. In the new book "How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity" (Princeton University Press), Weber and his co-author, Victor Ginsburgh, researched the costs and benefits of the many languages across the globe.
A new study finds nearly two-thirds of the European Union’s 500 million people are linguistically disenfranchised because they don’t speak English, which is the EU’s most dominant official language. History has shown that political regimes mandate single languages for efficiency or social control. But limiting linguistic diversity can backfire, says economist Shlomo Weber, Southern Methodist University.
Renowned non-fiction author Henry Hitchings covers SMU economist Shlomo Weber's new book "How Many Languages Do We Need? The Economics of Linguistic Diversity" (Princeton University Press). Writing for the International Monetary Fund, Hitchings' review "Speaking in Tongues" notes that Weber and his co-author, Victor Ginsburgh, have scrupulously researched the costs and benefits of the many languages across the globe. Hitchings, the author of "The Language Wars" and "The Secret Life of Words" among other books, notes that the books most thought-provoking section is the case study of linguistic policy in the European Union.
The news wire service United Press International has covered the research of SMU economist Manan Roy, a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor in the SMU Department of Economics. Roy analyzed new federal data about insured infants to compare public health insurance with private health insurance. Her analysis found that among the insured, infants in low-income families are better off under the nation’s government-funded public health insurance than infants covered by private insurance.
In the fierce national debate over a new federal law that requires all Americans to have health insurance, it’s widely assumed that private health insurance can do a better job than public insurance. But a first-of-its-kind study of newly available government data found just the opposite for infants covered by insurance, says economist Manan Roy in SMU's Department of Economics.
Thanks to a new model created by an international research group that includes SMU economist Shlomo Weber, it is now possible to predict which European countries are more likely to become united or which are more likely to break up. It does so by not only considering demographic and economic criteria but, most ingeniously of all, culture and genetics.
The link between the federal school lunch program and childhood obesity that was uncovered by the research of SMU economist Daniel L. Millimet has been covered by the health articles on the site Live Strong in "How Can Overweight Children Lose Weight Fast?."
The article notes Millimet's finding that a la carte options such as ice cream and sodas are readily available to children in the school lunch line.
The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that children who eat school lunches that are part of the federal government's National School Lunch Program are more likely to become overweight.
Study: Antibiotics, instead of emergency surgery, may better treat cases of nonperforating appendicitis
Antibiotics rather than surgery may better treat cases of appendicitis when the appendix hasn't burst, says a new study from SMU and UT Southwestern Medical School.
The study's authors say the findings suggest that nonperforating appendicitis may be unrelated to perforating appendicitis, in which the appendix has burst.
Instead, the study found that nonperforating childhood appendicitis, which historically has been treated with emergency surgery, seems to be a disease similar to nonperforating adult diverticulitis, which is often treated with antibiotics.
The link between the federal school lunch program and childhood obesity uncovered by the research of SMU economist Daniel L. Millimet has been reported in The San Angelo Standard-Times in "Study shows obesity has complex origins."
Writing for the Scrips Howard News Service, reporter Trish Choate quotes Millimet on the research and the link in an article that published Sept. 3 in the Standard-Times.