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Nicole Alexander-Scott on Where Health Policy Is Heading in Rhode Island

Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, recently spoke about the agenda and direction of the department at a public talk hosted by the Taubman Center. Alexander-Scott was appointed Director by Governor Gina Raimondo early in 2015, and has since launched a multi-faceted initiative to eliminate health inequality across Rhode Island.

(Distributed January 14, 2016)

Powerball is already pulling in billions this year (comments by Emily Oster)

Emily Oster, associate professor of economics and international and public affairs, comments on the behavior of people as the Powerball jackpot reached unprecedented levels. "This should be taken with extreme caution, since it is out-of-sample and it is difficult to know how people would behave at jackpots of this magnitude," she wrote in a 2004 paper. "People enjoy the opportunity to dream about what they might do if they were rich, which generally fuels a desire to play," she wrote to CBS MoneyWatch.

(Distributed January 12, 2016)

John Friedman is part of team to win a TIAA-CREF award for scholarly writing

On January 4, 2016, the TIAA-CREF Institute announced that Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman, Soren Leth-Petersen, Torben Heien Nielsen, and Tore Olsen won the 20th annual TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security. The five awardees were honored for their paper, “Active vs.

(Distributed January 3, 2016)
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