Education, Business, & Law

In New Book, Penn Researcher Says Most Government Programs Don’t Work

 PHILADELPHIA — A University of Pennsylvania researcher says most government social programs don’t work, a claim he is certain will not endear him to liberals.  But he also says conservatives will not like hearing that there are programs that do work.

Jill DiSanto

Groundbreaking Thursday for Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden

  WHAT:          A groundbreaking ceremony for the Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden, a project designed to develop a healthier community by providing access to local, organic, affordable, nutritious and culturally relevant food, and a space where community members can maintain a relationship with the land.  

Julie McWilliams

Botswana-UPenn Partnership celebrates its 10th anniversary

When Penn formed a partnership with Botswana’s government and the University of Botswana in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, no one could have imagined its profound impact on the lives of everyone involved.  

Jeanne Leong

Penn Panel to Discuss Sustainable Public Finance Options

  WHAT:       “Sustainable Public Finance," a panel discussion featuring experts on public pensions, state and local governance and urban economics, will examine how high unemployment, low economic growth and declining property values have dealt a blow to state and municipal governments’ tax revenues.  

Julie McWilliams

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. woman was convinced she bought Obamacare insurance. She got scammed by a look-alike website.

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel spoke about a class exercise in which he asks students to shop for health insurance using the government marketplace. When he attempted the assignment, he found it easy to accidentally use an unaffiliated site. “Unless you know what the right place looks like, what the offers are, they’ve done a very good job of making it look like it’s the [government] health insurance site.”


The Washington Post

How often does the Supreme Court overturn precedents like Roe v. Wade?

Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School contributed case information to a story about major supreme court reversals.


The Washington Post

To reform the credit card industry, start with credit scores

Lisa Servon of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design co-authored an opinion piece about the U.S. credit system. “To make affordable credit accessible to a broader group, let’s fix the flawed scoring system that allocates credit,” the authors wrote.


The Wall Street Journal

Factory workers become coders as companies automate

The Wharton School’s Morris Cohen said Europe is ahead of the U.S. when it comes to digitizing factories. BMW, for example, trains its employees to keep up with changing manufacturing processes, “teaching them that this is to their benefit, that this is not a way of replacing you, but making you more productive.”



Why the giants among this year’s Fortune 500 should intimidate you

PIK Professor Herbert Hovenkamp said anticompetitive practices, which protect the largest firms by making it difficult for employees to change jobs, are on the rise. Simultaneously, he said, large tech companies are buying up potential competitors “before they can ever emerge as vibrant competitors themselves.”