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How Redistributive Public Policies Contributed to the Great Recession
May 7, 2012

Can We Resolve the U.S. Fiscal Problem
November 30, 2011

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In the News

ACA: a major step forward

Is the minimum wage too low?

Arizona decision unlikely to mean more immigrant workers

Finding a fair price on minimum wage

Give incentives to improve education quality in state: Report

Orange County's proposed Great Park can't use tax revenues as funding, California says

What you need to know about the new census numbers on Hispanic births

Timing is bad for a minimum wage increase

More than wages for the working poor

S.F. Fed: Skills mismatch, joblessness link overblown

Half of new grads are jobless or underemployed

How Wal-Mart shapes the world

Want to add jobs? Subsidize employers - Fed paper

Early signs that Obamacare is on the right track to reduce costs

Debate rages over New York raising its minimum wage by $1.25 an hour

Pay workers more, feel economic pain

Debating the benefits, pitfalls of minimum-wage increase

Minimum wage rise, jobs fall

Will health care reform keep its cost reducing promise?

This new report proves Obamacare just might work

Total health care costs fall when poor are provided insurance: Study

Wage worries

Higher minimum wage bad for N.Y.

Raising the minimum wage: Who does it help?

San Francisco minimum wage is set to become the highest in U.S.

Minimum wage is about to go up in eight states

Shopping local a boon to local economies

How to play the rescue

F.C.C. seeks review of AT&T merger with T-Mobile

Higher costs for bullet train worth it, California officials say

Study finds education gap for illegal Mexican migrants' children

Op-Ed: Economic inequality: The real cause of the urban school problem

Small businesses, big job numbers

As incomes drop, Americans dip into savings

Study: U.S. economy avoided panic during 1931 European crisis by...not panicking

California poverty rate 16.3 percent in 2010, highest in nation

Governors don't create many jobs. Can presidents?

Sprint says AT&T merger would result in big job losses

Sprint-commissioned study debunks AT&T's job claims

Homegrown companies have huge economic impact

Obama nominee pulled back on minimum wage defense

Krueger isn't just a pretty face, say his economic peers

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Message from the director

The first year of existence of the Center for Economics & Public Policy has been filled with inaugural activities and planning for future events.

One of our central goals is to contribute to informed public debate about economics-related public policy issues at the national and state level as well as at UCI and in the local community. To that end, we hosted two lectures by prominent experts on critical national policy issues. In November, Alan Auerbach, Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law from the University of California, Berkeley, gave a public lecture on long-term fiscal challenges to the United States. The timing was impeccable as his lecture coincided with the most recent round of political brinksmanship on cutting the deficit and national debt. Auerbach's lecture emphasized the critical importance of reining in the growth of Social Security and even more so Medicare spending, and outlined the kinds of tax increases and spending cuts needed to move the United States to a fiscally-sound long-term trajectory. The lecture was sobering in highlighting the far more extensive changes needed than any that have yet received serious consideration in Washington.

In May, Casey Mulligan, economics professor from the University of Chicago, gave a lecture on the Great Recession and how government redistributive policies have increased its severity. Delivered to a standing-room-only crowd of students and community leaders, Mulligan outlined how well-intentioned efforts to cushion the blow of the Great Recession, such as increased generosity of the social safety net and assistance to homeowners struggling with mortgages, have inadvertently reduced the economic returns to work. As a result, he argues that employment growth has remained well below what would have been expected based solely on the impact of the initial causes of the Great Recession. In other words, these policies to help families deal with the Great Recession have made the recession worse. The controversial views Mulligan presented led to a lively and stimulating exchange with the audience, which continued over an informal dinner with community leaders.

CEPP also endeavors to encourage UCI faculty and students to engage in research related to economics and public policy. In support of this goal, financial awards from a program funded by Steven Borowski '79 were made to three students - two Ph.D. students and one undergraduate student - in support of research on transportation policy. CEPP also sponsored two research seminars for faculty and graduate students in the social sciences: one on immigration policy by Magnus Lofstrom, fellow of the Public Policy Institute of California, and one by Jon Sonstelie, economics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

This newsletter is the very first stage in the third leg of the center's efforts - to communicate the findings from research on economics and public policy to the policy community. In the newsletter, you will find links to recent working papers by CEPP research affiliates. You will also find numerous links to newspaper stories and other descriptions of policy-relevant research by these same faculty, as well as op-eds and policy memos by faculty affiliates:

To learn more, I encourage you to browse through the material, and to dig more deeply into the papers and other sources. Please feel free to contact me if you have additional questions or if you would like more information. And I welcome your suggestions as to how the Center for Economics & Public Policy can do more to strengthen the links between research and policy.

David Neumark
Chancellor's Professor of Economics


Healthcare costs decrease over time when low-income uninsured are provided coverage, study finds

Study co-authored by economist David Neumark published in Health Affairs

Enrollment of uninsured patients in a program with benefits comparable to those offered under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 resulted in significant healthcare cost savings, a new study finds. Published in the February 2012 issue of Health Affairs, the research sheds light on the potential outcomes of newly enacted healthcare reforms.

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New study ties Mexican American educational attainment gap to grandparent legal status

Findings presented at international immigration conference in D.C.

According to new research by Frank D. Bean, sociology Chancellor's Professor, pathways to legalization and citizenship appear to take on greater significance for overcoming disadvantages in Mexican American educational attainment than previously thought.

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Surprising findings from minimum wage critic

Study by UCI economist finds merits behind higher minimum wage - when coupled with Earned Income Tax Credit

In a study published in the July 2011 issue of Industrial and Labor Relations Review, UCI economist David Neumark finds that a high minimum wage, when coupled with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), increases employment and earnings among single mothers, especially those with very low family incomes. The findings are surprising, says Neumark, given that most of his work has focused on the adverse effects of minimum wages on low-skilled workers.

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Study: California's economic climate is sunnier than previously thought

UCI economist David Neumark finds non-policy factors such as weather and geography play greater role in predicting states' economic growth than traditional business climate index measures

Location, location, location. That's what UC Irvine economics Chancellor's Professor David Neumark says is key to understanding how California's economy has managed to stay in line with or surpass the national growth average, despite the Golden State's less than favorable rankings in popular business climate indexes.

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