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The Power of Vaccines, the Economy and Information

IPPSR State of the State Podcasters forecast the prospects of criminal justice legislation in the wake of the conviction of police officer Derek Chauvin but wax cautiously optimistic about the state's economy given federal stimulus and new rounds of vaccines spreading across the state. Still, they express concerns about COVID vaccine hesitancy, and hopes that current stimulus funds will last beyond a short-term economic boost.

IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann advises that criminal justice legislation in Michigan's Legislature or Congress may move slowly. MSU Economics Professor Charles Ballard asks whether global credit markets will continue to sokl up COVID-inspired debt. Guest Dustin Carnhan, assistant professor in MSU's Department of Communications,  offers fascinating insights into how our identity plays so strong a role in how we absorb and repeat information.

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