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CORONAUpdate (Week of June 29)


  • Story Of A Paper - MSU economist and IPPSR affiliated faculty member Lisa Cook was interviewed on NPR’s Planet Money show. She has written a groundbreaking research paper finding that violence against African-Americans, striking now as a pandemic sweeps the world, depresses their innovation activity and wealth generation.
  • School districts face perfect storm in balancing budgets - Peter Spadafore, deputy executive director of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, predicts layoffs and increased class sizes due to lower budgets due to the coronavirus pandemic. Spadafore, Michigan Political Leadership Program alum, was quoted in a Michigan Radio story.
  • The COVID Economy: Looking into the Abyss and Beyond - Charles Ballard, MSU professor of economics and IPPSR State of the State Survey Director, outlines the nation’s sharp and sudden economic downturn during the pandemic. He’s featured in the Broad College of Business’ Managing Through the Summer Series Webinar.