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Chinese users don’t need a central bank digital currency, but there’s good reason for it: Professor
Eswar Prasad, professor of economics and international trade policy, talks about why the People’s Bank of China want a digital currency. 
December 3, 2021

Up all night with a Twitch millionaire: The loneliness and rage of the Internet’s new rock stars
“These companies have tremendous power and are reaping tremendous rewards from the creator economy, but they don’t provide the mechanisms of support that a traditional workplace would,” says Brooke Erin Duffy, associate professor of communication. “The job is profoundly individualized and precarious. The fact is, it’s all on you.” 
December 2, 2021

Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists
“The more eruptions that we study, the more we are going to understand how they behave,” says Esteban Gazel, associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences. 
December 2, 2021

Future of abortion rights at stake as Supreme Court considers Mississippi case
“The Supreme Court will uphold the Mississippi 15-week ban,” says Sherry Colb, professor of law. “It will say that it is not overruling Casey because it does not need to reach the question, since a 15-week ban does not impose an undue burden. That statement will be at best manipulative and at worst dishonest.” 
November 30, 2021

The most important meeting yet for global pandemic response—and drugmakers
In this op-ed, Kaushik Basu, professor of economics, and Nicole Hassoun, a former Einaudi Center visiting scholar, argue that global health leaders must adopt a treaty on pandemic preparedness and response and that it must prioritize new incentives for pharmaceutical companies and equity between nations.
November 29, 2021

Fetal viability, long an abortion dividing line, faces a Supreme Court test
Sherry Colb, professor of law, says, “The ability to breathe is essential for life, but it is not the sort of thing to which we attach moral status, any more than the ability to see or to walk or to speak are such abilities.” 
November 28, 2021

Picketing Alabama miners stopped by rare non-federal court order
“This is an extraordinarily rare occurrence, to use a state court to stop picketing during a strike,” says Cathy Creighton, senior extension associate in the ILR School. 
November 26, 2021

How the $4 trillion flood of Covid relief is funding the future
Todd Schmit, associate professor of applied economics and policy, says, “If we can agree that access to broadband is a public good — for educating our children, for access to health care, for expanding business opportunities — there should be a defensible basis for government assistance in funding the operations of those programs. But I think that’s a harder story to tell.” 
November 24, 2021

Could the verdict in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers spell the end for so-called ‘vigilante justice’?
Joseph Margulies, professor of practice in law and government, says the cases around the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery are similar in that they involve the “convergence of citizen’s arrest, open carry gun laws and stand your ground.” 
November 22, 2021

Here's why Gen Z is unionizing
Gen Z have "seen opportunities for their generation disappear and are afraid they are going to be worse off than their parents,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research and a senior lecturer at the ILR School, about why Gen Z is unionizing.
November 21, 2021

Why you say yes to requests – even if you shouldn't
This piece features the work of Vanessa Bohns, associate professor in the ILR School, on the idea that people are often far more likely to cooperate with our requests than we assume. 
November 19, 2021

Jury in Kyle Rittenhouse trial has deliberated for 23 hours with no verdict
Valerie Hans, professor of law, explains that the jury is likely using a meticulous, evidence-based approach due to the amount of time that has passed and their request for video evidence.
November 18, 2021
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