Penn Law’s Louis Rulli on the SCOTUS decision on census citizenship question
Penn Law’s Louis S. Rulli responds to the Supreme Court ruling on Department of Commerce v. New York, which addressed adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Documentary shows discriminatory impact of state legal assistance provision
The Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law has produced a new documentary that exposes the discriminatory impact of a provision of the Pennsylvania Victims Assistance Compensation Program law that denies assistance to victims who contribute, or are suspected of contributing, to their own death or injury.
Law faculty react to SCOTUS ruling on jury selection in death penalty case
In Flowers v. Mississippi, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to overturn the conviction and death sentence in the sixth murder trial of Curtis Flowers, finding that the prosecutor had engaged in misconduct by discriminating against black people in jury selection.
How shopping became a version of social impact
Wharton Professor of Marketing Patti Williams discusses how brands began to put their do-gooder ethos to the forefront of its value proposition.
For incarcerated women, From Cell to Home offers a second chance
The program, run by the Ortner Center’s Kathleen M. Brown with support from Penn student volunteers and the Quattrone Center, works to secure the release of reformed prisoners serving life sentences.
A push for emergency texting services across the United States
Today, fewer than half of U.S. counties have this capability. Rising juniors Anthony Scarpone-Lambert and Kirti Shenoy want to change that with their nonprofit Text-911.
Regulating big tech
Wharton’s Eric K. Clemons discusses the pros and cons of boosting regulations on big technology companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple, after years of being penalized in Europe for anticompetitive practices.
Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett to become Dean of USC Marshall School of Business in 2020
Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett today announced that Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett will be leaving Penn at the end of the 2019-20 academic year to become dean of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles effective July 1, 2020.
Making history at LDI: An interview with Rachel Werner
Rachel Werner is the first female and first physician-economist executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and a professor of both medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and health care management at the Wharton School.
Why the Fed has a hidden influence on foreign affairs
Wharton’s David Zaring explains how the Fed can have enormous influence overseas—and whether there should be more accountability.
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Delivery drivers face pandemic without sick pay, insurance, sanitizer
Matthew Bidwell of the Wharton School spoke about the pandemic-related changes to working conditions for contract employees. “It’s very sad because three weeks ago we were in a historically tight labor market,” he said. “It was forcing employers for the first time in a long time to offer more perks and more benefits. They no longer have that pressure.”
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The GAO told the government in 2015 to develop a plan to protect the aviation system against an outbreak. It never happened
Howard Kunreuther of the Wharton School said good leadership is critical in preparing government agencies for catastrophic events. “You cannot deal with this at the level of just saying let each agency operate,” he said. “You need to have some way to bring them together and to indicate that this is a problem, which cannot be solved by one agency alone. That is something that leadership is going to have to suggest—‘This is the way to do it’—and we don’t have that right now.”
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Will coronavirus close your college for good?
Robert Zemsky of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the financial health of higher education.
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Businesses face a new coronavirus threat: Shrinking access to credit
Krista Schwarz of the Wharton School spoke about how businesses are coping with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “Everyone is just trying to get by day to day at the moment,” she said. “Right now is not the time to grow the company—it’s the time to stay solvent.”
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A conservative agenda unleashed on the federal courts
Stephen Burbank of the Law School spoke about trend by recent presidents to draw the federal judiciary into policy debates. “The problem as I see it is not that judges differ ideologically—of course they do—nor is it that a Republican president would look for someone with congenial ideological preferences,” he said. “It’s that in recent decades the search has been for hard-wired ideologues because they’re reliable policy agents.”
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