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Former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers in conversation with Prof. Janice Eberly

Lawrence Summers

Larry Summers delivers the Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy

The former Secretary of the Treasury spoke with Kellogg’s Janice Eberly

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Imagining Obamacare in 2020

10/30/17 – Vox
Article imagines the Affordable Care Act in 2020, making projections from what the Trump administration is doing and says it will do to change healthcare laws, quoting Professor Craig Garthwaite on the expectations he had for the marketplace under the ACA.

Fridays from the Frontline: When Kellogg Says “Social Impact,” It Means Business

10/27/17 – Clear Admit
Article by Kellogg student Sahar Jamal talks about what social impact means to her—and what it means at Kellogg—and why the common ground between the two made her choice of schools an obvious one.

How Consumers Could Be Affected If CVS And Aetna Merge

10/27/17 – NPR
Radio segment features Professor Amanda Starc as she discusses the implications of a possible merger between CVS and Aetna. Starc says that “consumers will probably not see a reduction in their prescription drug prices, if the deal goes through.”

Unlike the national debt, your 401(k) is safe

10/27/17 – The Hill
Article written by Visiting Professor Ben Harris discusses how Americans’ 401(k) plans are safe even if Congress passes the GOP tax plan. Retirement accounts are safe, and people have no reason to worry.

Chicago-area hospitals have merger fever. Is it good for patients?

10/25/17 – Chicago Tribune
Article explains how Chicago-area health systems are joining forces in an effort to improve patient care and lower industry costs; however, according to research and real-life examples this is not always good for consumers’ care and costs. Research shows that when hospitals merge in areas that already have few competitors, prices can increase by more than 20 percent, and Professor Amanda Starc. Professor Starc is also quoted in Politifact.

#MeToo: Sexual assault inflicts dire economic costs as well

10/25/17 – The Hill
Article by Visiting Professor Ben Harris takes a look at the #MeToo hashtag spurred by shocking allegations of sexual violence committed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, noting that sexual assault and domestic violence could pose a real threat to the country’s economic state.

Critique Of NAFTA Provision Highlights Team Trump’s Misconceptions On Investment Abroad

10/23/17 – Forbes
Article written by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy takes a look at US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s decision to take aim at the Investor State Dispute Settlement, which is key legislation to protect multinational companies that invest abroad.

Kellogg introduces 10 new courses during the 2017-18 academic year

Kellogg introduces 10 new courses

10/20/17 – New classes developed by Kellogg’s cross-disciplinary strategic initiatives and academic departments debut in 2017-18

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Congress is flying blind on tax reform

10/20/17 – The Hill
Article written by Visiting Professor Ben Harris discusses the Trump administration and GOP leaders’ plan for rewriting the nation’s tax code, noting that it could have implications in household finances, business incentives, and government revenue—likely measuring in the trillions of dollars.

Bipartisan Health Proposal Is Too Late for 2018, but a Salve for 2019

10/19/17 – The New York Times
Article discusses that the new bipartisan health proposal, if passed, would send a message to health insurers that it’s safe to stay in the marketplaces, quoting Professor Craig Garthwaite on the matter. “It’s the first signal we’ve seen in a long time to insurers that the government is not going to actively disrupt the market.”

Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened.

10/18/17 – Vox
Article takes a look at Trump’s decision to “halt federal payments to health insurers, known as cost-sharing reductions.” This will make health insurance premiums increase by 41 percent on average, according to UPMC Health Plan in Pennsylvania. Professor Craig Garthwaite comments on one issue of Obamacare: “We have just not done a good job of getting healthier higher income people into the ACA.”

NAFTA Isn’t Dead Yet, But Trump’s Vision of One-On-One Trade Deals May Be

10/17/17 – Forbes
Article written by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy discusses the fourth round of trade talks between the US, Canada, and Mexico, noting that timing issues have postponed final decisions, and Trump prefers bilateral trade talks, not multilateral.

Possible Senate Deal Emerges on Obamacare Subsidies

10/17/17 – WTTW
Video segment explains the U.S Senate health committee’s agreement on a measure to strengthen insurance company subsidies. This seems to contradict President Trump’s comments that Obamacare is “dead.” Professor Amanda Starc comments on the matter: “You can make a policy argument that some consumers are better off if they can purchase low-cost” insurance plans.

Illinois joins lawsuit as insurers brace for end of Obamacare subsidies

10/14/17 – Chicago Tribune
Article discusses the numerous threats made by the Trump administration to undermine Obamacare, raising many questions for consumers. According to Professor Craig Garthwaite, “In some states, it’s possible some gold-level exchange plans might actually be better deals than some silver-level plans because of how states asked insurers to handle price increases due to uncertainty over the cost sharing-reductions.”

Trump May Be About To Blow Up The NAFTA Talks

10/10/17 – Forbes
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy takes a look at discussions about the North American Free Trade Agreement that President Trump is threatening to disband if negotiations take more than six-months to complete.

Trump says he’s likely to sign healthcare order this week

10/10/17 – Reuters
Article discusses President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will likely sign an order this week to allow Americans to buy stripped-down health insurance policies, which would further undermine Obamacare. Professor Craig Garthwaite shares his insight on the potential order: “It unwinds the ability of people with pre-existing conditions to get insurance under the ACA.” Also covered on

Can the U.S. Repair Its Health Care While Keeping Its Innovation Edge?

10/09/17 – New York Times
Article takes a look at the juxtaposition between the U.S.’s leading innovation in health care and the problems with our overall healthcare system. The relationship between healthcare innovation and profits in the States is highest in biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, according to Professor Craig Garthwaite. “In these sectors, firms are able to patent innovations, and we have a good sense of how additional research funds lead to new products.”

Why Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Aren’t as Risky as You Think

10/08/17 – Wall Street Journal
Article by Visiting Professor Benjamin Harris explains how, “in the U.S., there may be no more important financial product than the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.” However, Harris questions whether the U.S.’s need for these mortgages is good, noting that adjustable-rate mortgages are not as risky as some may think.

Why some middle-class families could face a tax increase under the GOP plan

10/06/17 – Washington Post
Article takes a look at the new GOP tax plan and how it is “increasingly clear that it will probably be a tax hike for a sizable portion of the middle class.” Many Republican leaders are trying to fight this notion. However, Visiting Professor Ben Harris is quoted on why GOP leaders are incorrect if you look at the nuts and bolts of the plan: “You’re talking about people whose itemized deductions are worth a lot. They have to be in a higher tax bracket, have high amounts of itemized deductions.”

Trump Pushes NAFTA Talks Onto Treacherous New Timeline

10/01/17 – Forbes
Article by Adjunct Professor Phil Levy discusses how the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation talks between the United States, Mexico, and Canada are most likely not on track for the ambitious goal of concluding by the end of the year. It will be untimely for Mexico and the US to extend these talks into campaign season in 2018.

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