• John List: Why This Year's Election Results Gave a Boost to Nonprofit Giving

    The recent increase in individual giving to select nonprofits "reflects public concerns over the fate of those organizations" under the new administration, according to John List, Chairman of the University of Chicago Department of Economics, in a recent interview together with Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. "Groups of people … have a unity of vision that they would never would have had absent that shock that just happened in the election," says List. The surge in donations "sends...a sign that Americans view [the election results] in a very serious way and it is very important to them to step up and take account of what is going on in our economy.”

    Read the full story and listen to the podcast featuring List and Rosqueta at http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/how-trumps-election-boosted-some-nonprofits/ #GivingTuesday

  • Greenstone on India's Tough Choice on Air Conditioning and Climate


    "Air-conditioning is not just a luxury. It’s a critical adaptation tool in a warming world, with the ability to save lives." But, "it also warms the world," says Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Professor of Economics and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), in the New York Times' The Upshot, highlighting an increasing global dilemma: the technology that can help protect people from climate change also accelerates its rate. The HFC agreement made in Kigali, Rwanda "accounts for the trade-offs that the world, especially today’s poorest countries, must make in confronting climate change while improving people’s lives." Read full article (registration may be required). (Photo by Wili Hybrid, used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

  • Myerson: Five Rules to Get State-Building Right


    In a recent Wall Street Journal essay, Roger Myerson assesses the difficult lessons we've learned from recent wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, outlining several key measures and considerations necessary to successful long-term state-building, including decentralized governance and sustainable commitments to friendly governments facing insurgences.

    Myerson also recommends the development of a new agency "devoted explicitly to state-building missions, with its own deep bench of Americans with specialized skills." "Done right, state-building can mean not just a freer and more stable world but a stronger and more secure U.S.," he writes, "without the prolonged military entanglements that have cost us and our local partners so dearly." Myerson is the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and the College at the University of Chicago.

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