Education, Business, & Law

How the pandemic could affect income inequality

Wharton’s Benjamin Lockwood discusses income inequality in the U.S. in the wake of COVID-19, and how the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act raises questions about what policy will look like on the other side of the coronavirus outbreak.

Tips for staying mentally healthy in a crowded house

When people are practicing social distancing and staying at home almost 24/7, excessive family time can trigger boredom and conflicts. Penn GSE outlines 14 tips for managing family relationships at this time.

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The legal history of epidemics in America

Sarah Barringer Gordon, the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History, offers a commentary on American political responses to epidemics past.

Nine tips for moving secondary teaching online

Betty Chandy, Catalyst @ Penn GSE’s Director for Online Learning, has prepared educators and schools for virtual and blended learning at the middle and high school levels.

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In the News


Marketplace (NPR)

AI is reshaping the way we buy, sell and value homes

Christopher Geczy of the Wharton School was interviewed about digital advancements in real estate. “The advent of computer technology, especially with respect to artificial intelligence—computer vision—is that it can compare what it sees to hundreds of thousands of other examples for reference points,” he said. “The scale of the intelligence can potentially add where humans can potentially lack.”

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Associated Press

Mars drops Uncle Ben’s, reveals new name for rice brand

Americus Reed II of the Wharton School spoke about the recent Uncle Ben’s rice rebrand and efforts to redefine who “Ben” is. “You don’t want to step in it twice,” Reed said. “I think what you might see is a very watered-down, safe creativity. Let’s not step on anyone’s toes. You’ll see that for a while.”

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Bloomberg

Ginsberg’s death injects new doubt into fate of Obamacare

Dean Theodore Ruger of the Law School said of efforts to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, “Whoever wins the presidential election will have much more to say about the success or failure of the act than the court. If it’s Trump, there are many administrative ways he could stifle it.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Ruth Bader Ginsburg made the impossible look easy

Serena Mayeri of the Law School wrote an op-ed about the life and accomplishments of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “To honor Justice Ginsburg’s legacy, we, too, must accomplish what may seem impossible, so that others might enjoy the world of possibilities she made,” Mayeri said.

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The New York Times

50 years of blaming Milton Friedman. Here’s another idea

Research by Tyler Wry of the Wharton School found that companies that signed a revised Business Roundtable statement about corporations’ obligations to employees and the broader world were more likely than other big companies to lay off staff in the early months on the pandemic.

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