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A Fiscal Response to a COVID-19 Recession

Amid millions of unemployment claims filed last week, Business School Dean Emeritus Glenn Hubbard says that the federal government should employ an aggressive policy response and offer significant assistance to small- and mid-sized service sector businesses so that they can retain their workers. 

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SBA Coronavirus Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Congress has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) ACT which includes provisions for small businesses.  The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center is providing updates (including application processes) here as received from the SBA. 

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Oluwatumise Asebiomo at Law School

Oluwatumise Asebiomo (LAW'21) is the second African American woman to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review

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Unpacking the Racist History of Pandemics

Historian Merlin Chowkwanyun, a core faculty member of the Center for History and Ethics of Public Health, lays out the historical context on anti-immigrant sentiment and pandemics in the video produced by The Root on nativism and coronavirus.


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COVID-19: Advancing Rights and Justice During a Pandemic

Some governments are exploiting the crisis to crackdown on civil liberties. This series organized by the Human Rights Institute at the Law School brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss the threats we face, and how we might respond.


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CUP: The Most Important Thing on Managing Risk

Inc. highlights a book recommended by Columbia alumnus and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett: The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks, published by Columbia University Press. According to Buffett, "this is that rarity, a useful book."

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Biden vs. Sanders: Who Has the Better Plan to Fix Climate Change?

Climate change is a major issue in the 2020 election. Between the Democratic frontrunners Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Vice President Joe Biden, who has the best plan to confront climate change?

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Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction: A Virus Doesn't Discriminate

Historian Merlin Chowkwanyun talks about racism and pandemics on CNN's podcast with Sanjay Gupta on how the coronavirus pandemic has fueled a surge in racism against Asian-Americans around the country. 

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    Women in Economics Features Ph.D. Candidate Tatyana Avilova

    Women are substantially under-represented in the field of economics. Tatyana Avilova, a fourth year Ph.D. student in Economics thinks it can change by encouraging more undergraduate women to major in economics. 

    In the News

    We Need to Protect the ‘Touchless Economy’

    Law Professor Tim Wu says that the touchless economy is currently holding firm, but now is the right time to be thinking about its weak spots, including the “digital divide” in poor and rural areas as well as among older and less educated Americans. 

    New York Times, March 25, 2020

    This Is the One Thing That Might Save the World from Financial Collapse

    Economic Historian Adam Tooze says pumping liquidity into the banking system and trying to prop up key asset markets with large-scale purchases are helping to halt the panic, but the shock is a global one — and it needs a global response. 

    New York Times, March 20, 2020

    From Digital Band Practice to PE, Georgia Teachers, Students Try First Day of Tele-schooling

    Sociologist and chair Shamus Khan shared measures he's been developing with other volunteers to keep students occupied outside of the online classroom.

    ABC News, March 17, 2020

    Coronavirus Will Change How We Shop, Travel and Work for Years

    Nobel laureate economist Edmund Phelps cautioned against making firm predictions on the long term impact of coronavirus, expressing his belief that large businesses in the US and elsewhere will not fail to go back to normal business practices.

    Bloomberg News, March 13, 2020