Monthly Archives: February 2010

After the healthcare “summit”

With President Obama’s ballyhooed healthcare “summit” with Republicans over, political science Professors Graham Wilson and Douglas Kriner offered their takes on what it all means (or doesn’t). WILSON: “The session showed that there are differences that can’t be bridged. But in purely political terms, neither the President not the Democrats can afford to be seen to […]

Gov’t contracts to better workers’ lot

The Obama administration plans to use government buying power to prod private companies to improve benefits and wages for millions of workers.  School of Management economics Professor David Weil, an authority on labor-market policy, says there’s a long history of assuring that companies contracting with Uncle Sam adhere to workplace, environmental, and consumer protection laws. […]

Saving Greece’s economy

Greece is preparing a bond issue aimed at restructing its economy as the European Union is pushing the country to adopt new austerity measures to cut its crippling budget deficit.  Economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, as he explains in his blog, says there’s a way in his view for Greece to to devalue without devaluing.  “The government […]

Best Weight Loss Advice You’ve Never Heard

Joan Salge Blake contributed to an eye-opening piece that is finally offering dieters tips other than “eat more veggies,” including Joan’s idea: “Weight Loss Tip No. 7: Downsize Your Dinnerware:  Experts say they’ve seen it again and again: The larger your plate, the more you’re likely to put on it. So serving your meals on […]

Madoff’s operations director arrested

The man who worked 30 years for Bernie Madoff overseeing the back office record-keeping staff has been arrested on fraud and conspiracy charges related to Madoff’s collapsed multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme.  Law Professor Tamar Frankel, a securities law authority and author of “Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad,” says the arrest may […]

Financial reform update

Major components of financial-reform legislation are  taking shape, with the Obama administration relaxing its insistance on a stand-alone consumer protection agency and the “Volker Rule” allowing regulators to bar banks from risky investments losing support.  Law Professor Cornelius Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, said cutting the “Volker Rule” is a loss. […]

Saudi cleric: death to co-ed

A prominent Saudi cleric has put a death fatwa on those who support mixing of genders in the workplace or schools.  International Relations Professor Houchang Chehabi, a native of Iran, calls it a desperate action by an ultraconservative cleric who does not represent official Saudi views. “At this point over half of all students at […]

IMF eases thoughts on capital controls

The International Monetary Fund is apparently rethinking some of its long-held ideas about how unfettered capital flows between countries are “a fundamentally benign phenomenon.”  International relations Professor Kevin Gallagher, co-author of “Capital Controls and 21st Century Financial Crises,” says it’s about time the IMF sees that some capital controls are useful and necessary. “The U.S. […]

BofA settlement with SEC okayed

A federal judge okayed a $150 million Bank of America settlement with the SEC to end civil charges accusing the nation’s largest bank with misleading shareholders when it acquired Merrill Lynch.  But law Professor Elizabeth Nowicki, both a former SEC and Wall Street attorney, says it is likely a short-lived “win” for BofA because the judge […]

Health premiums rising

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a report warning of double-digit increases coming in health insurance premiums.  School of Management Professor Stephen Davidson, author of “Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System,” says if the report was released to highlight the need for reform, then the administration is right on. “The […]