The Atlantic Originally Published: August 28, 2018 The Atlantic article references a recent study by three economists—Dartmouth College’s Na’ama Shenhav, Bucknell University’s Esra Kose, and Southern Methodist University’s Elira Kuka that suggests women’s suffrage improved education and contributed to kids staying in school longer. When the United States ratified the Nineteenth Amendment nearly a century ago, the law’s immediate impact extended far beyond giving women the right to vote. Women’s suffrage—widely viewed as one of the 20th century’s most important events—coincided with a growing (if gradual) embrace of gender equality, increased social spending, and a greater tendency among politicians to take a progressive stance on legislative proposals. Evidence suggests that women’s suffrage also corresponded with a significant increase in municipal spending on charities and hospitals, as well as on social programs; one study found that when women [...]
A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.
Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: August 28, 2018 Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts. Though public support for higher education seems to be waning, this skepticism doesn’t appear to extend to potential employers, who say they still have faith in colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. But while executives and hiring managers believe that institutions are teaching graduates the skills needed for entry-level jobs, they reported that students usually aren’t ready to be promoted. AAC&U commissioned the Washington, D.C.-based Hart Research Associates to survey two groups: 500 or so business [...]
Ben Prengler spent his summer in Washington D.C. as a Space Policy Intern at the White House. About Ben Prengler: I am triple majoring in political science, economics and public policy, and double minoring in public policy and international affairs and philosophy. I am from Fairview, Texas, which is between Allen and McKinney. At SMU, I am the Speaker of the Student Senate, an undergraduate fellow with the Medders Fellowship through the Tower Center doing research in multiculturalism, an HCM Tower Scholar, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society). Outside of SMU, I’ve worked on three political campaigns: two for the U.S. Congress, and one for the Texas House of Representatives. In one Congressional [...]
SMU Department of Economics Originally Posted: August 22, 2018 https://vimeo.com/256138972?ref=tw-share To learn more contact Danila Serra.
George W. Bush Institute Originally Posted: August 6, 2018 by J.H. Cullum Clark As these five books illustrate, insights into economic growth sometimes show up in surprising places. Bruce Springsteen’s iconic song “Born to Run” topped the music charts and his book of the same title made the bestseller list, but most people don’t think of him as contributing to discussions of economic policy. Consider, though, that the story of economic growth is not just about numbers. It’s actually a story of people, creativity, near-misses, and improbable breakthroughs. And it teaches us that we can’t take growth for granted. Springsteen’s memoir Born to Run provides music fans with a highly readable account of the enormous commitment and sustained hard work at the heart of human [...]
D Magazine Originally Posted: July 30, 2018 About two months ago, I walked into a Van Leeuwen ice cream store in Los Angeles. After ordering, I was befuddled to see my dollars bills rejected. “We only accept debit or credit card here,” the man behind the pastel yellow bar patiently explained. The experience threw me into a mini-existential crisis. Because this ice cream man only respected the value of something as intangible and digital as credit, I had to cough up some plastic to earn my scoop of dairy? Should I also be investing in Bitcoin, I panicked? Of course, I calmed down at the first taste of ice cream. My first encounter with a cash-free retailer was not my last. Stores and restaurants across [...]
SMU alum moves company headquarters to Houston, announce residency at the world’s largest medical complex
PR Log Originally Posted: July 25, 2018 Edward Allegra, co-founder and CEO of BioLum Sciences graduated from SMU in 2014 with degrees in biology and economics. BioLum Sciences Announces Residency at JLABS @ TMC BioLum Sciences is pleased to announce residency at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS at the Texas Medical Center (JLABS @ TMC) - the world's largest medical complex. As a result, BioLum has relocated its company headquarters from Dallas, TX to Houston, TX. "The TMC ecosystem provides us with numerous opportunities for collaborations and partnerships that will undoubtedly play key roles in the commercialization of our technology," said Edward Allegra, co-founder and CEO of BioLum Sciences. "We couldn't be more excited to be surrounded by other startups and industry leaders who are at [...]
University Network Originally Posted: July 24, 2018 Women now make up 45.8 percent of the professional U.S. workforce. Unfortunately, while many strides have been taken to integrate women into a broad range of professional occupations, the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) still hold significant gender gaps. But diversity fosters development in every work environment. “Diversity is at the core of innovation. Not just gender diversity, but diversity of thought,” said Joe Vacca, chief marketing officer of Revature, a leading technology talent development company. “It is imperative that we close the gender gap in technology.” Overall, women earn 57 percent of the college degrees, but the tech world is still very much a boys’ club. The problem lies in the social barriers that push women away from participating [...]
UCLA Anderson School of Management Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Romain Wacziarg finds the narrative of a growing cultural divide, while partly true, conceals a more nuanced picture If you believe the pundits, Americans are divided as never before. Red states versus blue. Black versus white. Men versus women. Young against the old. This barely contained intramural warfare has created dysfunctional politics and is ripping apart the social fabric. Not so fast. Southern Methodist University’s Klaus Desmet and UCLA Anderson’s Romain Wacziarg suggest in a working paper that the picture is a lot more complicated — and not nearly so dire. Using nearly 45 years of survey data, the researchers conclude that, yes, there’s a divide over cultural values in the U.S. and that the [...]
The Catalyst Originally Posted: Summer 2018 An Essay by J.H. Cullum Clark, Director for the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Shifts in the dynamics of cities have impacted housing markets, causing prices for high-demand neighborhoods to skyrocket and leaving long commutes for those who can't afford the prices. How can we avoid housing becoming a limiting factor in economic mobility? Stockton, California, to San Francisco is a 81.6 mile drive -- and not an uncommon commute. (Google Maps) Last year the New York Times ran a story on Ms. Sheila James, a 62-year-old woman who commutes two hours and 50 minutes each way between her home in Stockton, California, and her $81,000-a-year government job in San Francisco. The number of Americans like Ms. James with extreme commutes is growing, but their [...]