Education, Business, & Law

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

Penn Division of Public Safety to Host Open House

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety will hold its annual Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. at 4040 Chestnut St. Visitors can take a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the PennComm Communications Center, which serves as the command and control center for the Public Safety operation and take a turn on the Firearm Training Simulator. 

Jill DiSanto

Penn’s Field Center Announces Fellow at “Field of Dreams” Luncheon

PHILADELPHIA — A second-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Tara Grigg Garlinghouse, has been selected for the first Alan Lerner Fellowship in Child Welfare Policy recipient, Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research announced today at its inaugural “Field of Dreams” luncheon.

Jill DiSanto-Haines

In the News

The New York Times

Elizabeth Warren’s evolution on race brought her here

Stephen Burbank of the Law School spoke about Elizabeth Warren’s research on systemic inequality. “I believe that finding out what was happening to people, including minorities, was very, very influential in the development of all sorts of her views and policy positions,” he said.


The Wall Street Journal

COVID-19 shuttered more than 1 million small businesses. Here is how five survived

Jacqueline Kirtley of the Wharton School said businesses are making changes in order to survive the pandemic. What they do after this crisis ends “will tell us whether they pivoted or just fought the fire and survived,” she said.


Tax health insurance coverage to make it more affordable? That’s Greek to me

Mark V. Pauly of the Wharton School commented on a New Jersey proposal to impose a 2.5% tax on health insurance. “They want to tax insurance for middle-class people to subsidize it for low-income people? It would be much fairer to tax the income of higher income people than to tax their insurance, since spending on insurance does not grow that rapidly with income,” he said.



This will determine Tesla's growth over the next decade

Rahul Kapoor of the Wharton School writes about how Tesla can retain its transformative role in the automotive industry. “Tesla can extend its lead by continuing to push the envelope as a technology leader. While its advantage in battery technology is likely to be constrained by laws of chemistry, its efforts toward fully autonomous cars may help sustain its technology leadership,” he wrote.


Marketplace (NPR)

If the Fed’s nominees were confirmed, could they change monetary policy?

Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School said every appointment to the Federal Reserve is significant. “Each governor and each reserve bank president gets, with the appointment, a bully pulpit,” he said. “And what that governor or president does with that pulpit can matter significantly.”