• Does welfare reduce crime? Manasi Deshpande on Big Brains

    Does Welfare Reduce Crime? with Manasi Deshpande

    Groundbreaking study examines one program’s impact on employment and incarceration

    "There have been myths and tropes about welfare since it was created. We often hear critics say that welfare discourages people from working — but are these claims really true? This debate often plays out through theory and anecdotes, yet it’s rare to get good data about the true effects of welfare. A groundbreaking paper by University of Chicago economist Manasi Deshpande does just that.

    It’s a first-of-its-kind study that tells a clear story about the life-long effects of one kind of welfare on employment and criminal involvement. The findings are thorough, surprising, and Deshpande hopes they will entirely reframe the debate about welfare in America."

    Listen to the full Big Brains episode and read the full article and transcript here

  • John List to Receive 2022 NABE Adam Smith Award

    The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) announced that Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, John A. List, is the recipient of this year's NABE Adam Smith Award. The award is presented "based upon leadership in the profession and the application of economic principles and knowledge in the workplace and policy arenas." Previous recipients of the award include Karl Brunner, George J. Stigler, James M. Buchanan, Milton Friedman, and Gary S. Becker, among others.  

    "List recently became Walmart's first-ever chief economist and previously served as chief economist for both Uber and Lyft. His new book, The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale, has made many best sellers lists, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times." 

    The award will be conferred during the 64th NABE Annual Meeting, October 9-11 in Chicago, Illinois. 

    The full award announcement is available here

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