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CRF Family Research Scholars - In The News (December & January)


Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics and past CRF Scholar (’07-’08), says it’s unlikely that retailers will pass onto customers new charges authorized by a court settlement last year that alleged price-fixing between major credit card companies on the fees they charge merchants. Folbre says, “Small businesses are really terrified that they’ll discourage customers.” (Marketplace, 1/28/13)


Nancy Folbre, writing in her Exonomix blog, talks about the book “Documenting Desegregation,” co-authored by Donald Tomaskovic-Devy, sociology, and Kevin Stainback. The authors find that while overt discrimination based on race and gender is no longer culturally acceptable, the reality is that in most workplaces, white men are most frequently managers; white women tend to supervise other women; black men tend to supervise other black men and black women tend to supervise other black women. (New York Times, 1/28/13)


Nancy Folbre writes about what she describes as the Walmartocene era in economics as demonstrated by the retail giant Walmart. She says the company’s recent announcement that it is willing to provide jobs for veterans is a step in the right direction, but the offer of low-wage, low-benefit jobs is less than ideal for most workers, including veterans. (New York Times, 1/21/13)


In her Economix blog, Nancy Folbre explains that differences between experts in the field shouldn’t be viewed as a form of weakness, but rather as a sign that original thinking is taking place and real debate is underway.She says diverse opinions and clear identification of funding sources for research all contribute to finding out as much of the truth as is available. (New York Times, 1/14/13)


Elizabeth Harvey, Professor of Pschology and past CRF Scholar (’05-’06), comments in a story about a new study that finds children whose fathers were depressed during pregnancy are more likely to  exhibit emotional and behavioral problems at age 3. Harvey recently published a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology about the link between early fathering and children’s behavioral problems. ((WSYR-TV 9 [Syracuse, N.Y.], 1/7/13; Red Orbit, 1/8/13)


Nancy Folbre, economics, writes in the Economix blog about the political rhetoric of 2012 that often focused on the idea that society is made up of makers and takers, those seen to be producing things as opposed to those seen to be consuming things. She says this is a distorting concept because it leaves out those who care for others and those who share. (New York Times, 12/31/12)


A columnist writing about what he perceives to be a growing rift between Christianity and capitalism cites a recent discussion in the Economix blog by Nancy Folbre, economics. Folbre says the economic interests of capitalists (defined as those who earn most of their income from capital) are beginning to diverge significantly from the interests of social conservatives. (Canton Daily Ledger [Ohio], 12/26/12)


Nancy Folbre blogs about declining federal support for programs that affect low-income children will eventually raise the cost of society for caring for them and their families. She says the effort to reduce the federal budget is being aimed at such programs. (New York Times, 12/24/12)



A good night’s sleep can boost positive memories, according to a study by Rebecca Spencer, Professor of Psychology and past CRF Scholar (’10-’11), who says the results could have implications for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. (Jagran Post [India], 12/19/12; News Office release)


Nancy Folbre writes about what she says is the real "right to work."She says the best way to encourage American workers is to provide jobs and if the private sector can't or won't do that, the public sector should create jobs. Folbre also notes that efforts to get Congress to pass legislation aimed at creating jobs have been sidetracked by the debate over the federal debt. (New York Times, 12/17/12)


M.V. Lee Badgett, director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration and past CRF Scholar (’04-’05), comments on the economic impact of legalized same-sex marriage in Maine. Badgett states that same-sex marriage could generate $15.5 million in direct spending in Maine over the next three years. (Bangor Daily News, 12/7/12)






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