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A Better Way To Evaluate Conservation Policies Found by Georgia State Researchers

ATLANTA – Protected forested areas in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand have prevented the release of more than 1,000 million additional tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, an economic service provided by nature worth at least $5 billion, according to new research by Georgia State University economist Paul Ferraro with alumnus… more »

Professor Examines History Assigning Life Monetary Value

Posted On May 26, 2015 by Karey Perkins, Ph.D

Putting a monetary value on human life is controversial, so economists have attempted to side-step this moral thicket by transforming the question into one about the value of risks.

Economist Spencer Banzhaf reviews this topic in his paper, “The Cold War Origins of the Value of Statistical Life (VSL),” which he presented at the History… more »

Research Supports Advances in Gender Diversity Policies

Posted On October 9, 2014 by Marcia Jones Cross

When Sebastian Beckham Nix graduates in December, he hopes that the diploma for his B.S. in Public Policy-Nonprofit Studies will have the correct name on it. Nix, a transgender man known as Becks, entered Georgia State University in 2010.

While Becks is comfortable talking candidly about his past, he’s the exception rather than the rule.… more »

Impatience Plays Role in Obesity Epidemic

Posted On October 6, 2014 by Colleen Donelly, Master’s in Communications

New research conducted by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University suggests that an individual’s level of patience predicts how susceptible they may be to weight gain.

Obesity levels have made a significant jump over the past several decades. Today over a third of the U.S. population weighs in at a… more »

Moffit the W.J. Usery Lecture Series Speaker, Oct. 8

Posted On September 23, 2014 by Perri Campis, M.P.A. student

Robert Moffitt, the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, will present the 11th Annual  W.J. Usery Lecture on October 8, 2014, from 10:30-noon at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, 14 Marietta St., in AYS Seminar Room 749.

“Robert Moffitt will examine our complex system of income support for low income households,”… more »

Georgia State University Economist To Examine The State Of Employer-Employee Relations

ATLANTA–Georgia State University labor economist Bruce Kaufman is leading a team of researchers from Australia and Canada in a $500,000, three-year project to gauge the state of employer-employee work relationships in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Their research, funded by the Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc. (IRC) and the Australian Research… more »

New Analysis of Atlanta’s Income Inequality Shows Metro Area Lowers Ranking from One to 19

ATLANTA–A higher concentration of middle-income households outside the city boundaries of Atlanta significantly lowers the income inequality in Atlanta’s Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), a new analysis of data by Georgia State University’s Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) suggests.

A Brookings Institution ranking of 50 large U.S. cities by level of income inequality… more »

Georgia State University and Partner Launch New Journal for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

ATLANTA—Georgia State and Western Michigan (WMU) universities today launched a national journal that focuses on the needs of millions of families headed by grandparents. It is a free open-access online resource designed to be used by public service professionals as well as scholars.

The journal is a product of the National Research… more »

U.S. Housing Policies Increase Carbon Output, Researcher Finds

Land use policies and preferential tax treatment for housing–in the form of federal income tax deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes–have increased carbon emissions in the United States by approximately 2.7 percent, almost 6 percent annually in new home construction, according to a new Georgia State University study.

Economist Kyle Mangum, an… more »

Innovation, Industry and Diversity Attract High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Posted On June 6, 2014 by Kelly Brokenburr

The latest surge in high-tech companies has many cities looking to attract greater shares of this industry to their communities. In fact, many have put in place policies they believe will draw greater numbers of high-tech immigrant entrepreneurs.

In the white paper, “Lessons for U.S. Metro Areas: Characteristics and Clustering of High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs” (Ewing… more »