Join Harris Public Policy for the 4th annual Summer of Social Impact series, exploring innovative approaches that are making a social impact on major policy issues facing our society - from Chicago to the world. The series showcases the vital role data and analytics play in finding solutions that help to reduce inequality, strengthen our democracy, create a more sustainable environment, and address other pressing challenges of our time.


Chicago Economics Research and Impact During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT

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As people and economies around the world reel from the impact of COVID-19, one thing is clear: facts are at a premium. The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI), working with economists from across campus, has supported and disseminated rigorous research on COVID-19 and the Pandemic Recession that has informed some of the most important policy discussions in 2020. Through new platforms, including a series of economic facts, a targeted podcast, and centralized landing page for COVID-19 economics research, BFI has created avenues for rapidly translating cutting-edge research into real-world impact. Three University of Chicago economists – Peter GanongMichael Greenstone, and Chang-Tai Hsieh – will discuss their recent contributions to conversations around current economic policy. How should extended unemployment insurance benefits be structured to support workers during this crisis? What can we learn from extensive COVID testing and what would a successful model look like? What was South Korea’s policy response to the pandemic and with what results?

In partnership with the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics

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Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT

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As the nation reels from the COVID-19 pandemic and the killings of African Americans at the hands of police, the long-standing failures of government are put into stark relief: despite decades of social movements and protest, our governments have failed to address the big problems (structural racism, inequality, public health concerns) that pervade our society.

Join Professor William Howell-- author of the forthcoming book Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy -- for a discussion of the structural changes that need to take place for a more effective and responsive government. Moderated by Sadia Sindhu, Executive Director of the Center for Effective Government at Harris.


Health and Wealth: COVID-19, Inequality, and the Need for Reform

Monday, July 13, 2020

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT

As health care providers struggle to provide critical care to COVID-19 patients, and public and private insurers struggle with an uncertain economy and unpredictable health care needs, 2020 has been a stress test for a patchwork health care sector. Rising disparities in economic opportunity, education, housing, health care, and more have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and brought into sharp relief in the protests sparked by the brutal killing of George Floyd.

Join Dean Katherine Baicker, Professor David Meltzer, and Associate Professor Damon Jones for an in-depth look at inequalities in our health care system and our economy, and what can be done to alleviate the burden for those in greatest need.

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