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Dear diary: Basu shares notes from policymaking’s front lines

Prof. Kaushik Basu's new book recounts his experiences in the Indian government, then as chief economist and senior vice president at the World Bank.
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Religious have fewer children in secular countries

The study reveals that “societal secularism” is a better predictor of fertility rates than surveys of individuals’ religiosity or secularism.
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Choose wisely: Spouses consolidate resources in families

In consolidating multiple types of resources, married partners deal themselves and their children better hands with long-term payoffs, but the process may amplify inequality across generations.
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Following the ‘wisdom of crowds’ can stifle diversity

People who believe there is a single right answer to a question are better at coordinating with others, but that benefit may come at the expense of a diversity of opinions.
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Money talks: Wealthy ‘hijack’ agenda to gain policy influence

Analyzing more than 20 years of floor speeches by members of Congress, a new book co-authored by Peter K. Enns, professor in the Department of Government, explains why corporate and wealthy interests dominate the national economic agenda.
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Report: Ithaca economy shouldn’t return to business as usual

Economist Michèle Belot and the ILR School’s Ithaca Co-Lab recommend workforce strategies to reduce racial disparities, remove barriers to work and prioritize living-wage jobs.
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Colleen Barry named inaugural dean of public policy school

Colleen L. Barry, a professor and department chair at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy’s first dean, effective Sept. 15.
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Gift endows, names Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy

The major gift from the Brooks family, whose Cornell roots span three generations, provides an early boost to help the university’s newest school achieve world-class excellence.
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Face value? Attractiveness biases financial decisions

Vivian Zayas, associate professor of psychology, found attractive investment partners were seen as more trustworthy even if they weren’t the most profitable.
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Skipping the second shot could prolong pandemic, study finds

New Cornell research shows many Americans remain confused about when COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection.
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Grants advance social sciences research, collaboration

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences has awarded spring grants supporting research and conferences involving more than 30 faculty and researchers across campus, including collaborations within new and expanded superdepartments.
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Water crisis took toll on Flint adults’ physical, mental health

“If you don’t trust your water and you actively avoid it over persistent concerns on its safety, that’s a stark form of psychological trauma in and of itself.”
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Fear year: Pandemic politics made us anxious, but hardly safer

According to new research by government professor Uriel Abelof, the past year has seen a dramatic rise in existential fear, with people around the world thinking about death twice as often as before.
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Sweet rewards valued more, may contribute to obesity

Next time you reward a child with a treat, consider offering nuts instead of candy, a Cornell economist suggests.
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Jason Koski/Cornell University Former President Bill Clinton speaks March 18 during the first event in the Milstein State of Democracy Address series.

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President Clinton: U.S. in ‘dogfight’ for democracy

During a March 18 webinar on the state of American democracy hosted by the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs (IOPGA), former President Bill Clinton challenged more than 3,600 students and other viewers to stand up for democratic norms including voting rights.
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Search committee set for policy school’s founding dean

The university has launched a search for the founding dean of the School of Public Policy, building excitement about the fledgling school that could formally start operations as soon as this fall.
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Center for Social Sciences announces 2021-22 faculty fellows

Political polarization, environmental justice and inclusion in higher education are a few of big issues faculty members—including several from the College of Arts and Sciences—will tackle in the next academic year as fellows at the Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS).
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Pandemic reshaped ‘small world’ campus networks

Through courses alone, more than 90% of students were linked by three or fewer degrees of separation.
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Perceived erosion of democracy spawns new campaign

During his 16 years representing a Long Island district in Congress, Steve Israel said he saw divisiveness and partisanship grow exponentially. By the time he retired from the House of Representatives in 2017, compromise and respect for democratic norms seemed almost irrelevant, he said, and his biggest fear was not of foreign conflict but internal division.

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Migrations initiative wins $5M Mellon grant for racial justice

Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge, part of Global Cornell, has won a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative that will bring together scholars across the university and beyond to study the links between racism, dispossession and migration.
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