Doctoral Program: Public and Urban Policy

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Recent PhD Public and Urban Policy Posts


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Milano PhD Student on The Stream Show for Al Jazeera

Milano PhD Student Jacqueline Kataneksza recently spoke on The Stream show for Al Jazeera, discussing the current political climate and protests in Zimbabwe. Kataneksza was invited to speak based on an article she wrote for Professor Sean Jacob's blog Africa is a country. Read more on this here.[feather_share skin="wheel" size="24"] ...

Urban Matters | Cutting Rents Without Bleeding Landlords

Cutting Rents Without Bleeding Landlords By Flavia Leite, Courtney Loiacono, Grant Nagaki, and Dan WooldridgeYet whatever the outcome of this battle, the income slump that many low-income New Yorkers experienced after (and in some cases, even before) the 2008 Great Recession still puts them in a tight housing affordability squeeze. Almost 35% of households in rent-regulated apartments pay half or more their incomes for housing. In the parlance of housing policy, they are “severely rent-burdened,” because the hit that housing puts on their wallets makes it hard for them to meet other basic expenses. And despite our supply of public ...

Capitalizing on Public Discourse in Bolivia: Evo Morales and 21st Century Capitalism

Milano Doctoral student, Rebecca Hollender dives into the role of Bolivia's President Evo Morales, whom seemed promising, but has neglected Bolivia's long-term goals for economic independence, self-sufficiency, and sustainability. Though there was great celebration for Morales' 2005 election, Bolivia continues to be characterized by fiscal dependence and macroeconomic prioritization of growth-centric policies sustained by extractive activities. Learn more about Bolivia, Morales, and Latin America's social and political struggle at ...

Prof. Darrick Hamilton Quoted in The Network Journal

Director of Milano Doctoral Program and Associate Professor of Urban Policy Darrick Hamilton has been quoted in The Network Journal for "Dream Averted: The Disappearing Black Middle Class." Since 2008, unemployment has gone down and the deficit is down. Though these numbers show progress, Black families continue to struggle. The lasting effects of slavery is shown through the growing wealth gap between Whites and Blacks in America today. While 55% of White families have an income of $50,000 to 1 million, only 33% of Black families do. Also, "The largest percent of black income earners max out at $50,000 at ...
Eddie Summers

PhD Alum and Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network Eddie Summers on the Link Between Brooklyn’s Economic Boom and Higher Education

Milano PhD Alum Eddie Summers recently spoke with the Wall Street Journal about a recent report citing that Downtown Brooklyn’s higher-education institutions drew some 60,000 students and generated $2.8 billion in economic activity in 2013. “It occurred to me we needed to start to sell the wealth of the higher-education sector here in Brooklyn,” said Summers, who is the Executive Director of the Brooklyn Education Innovation Network (a part of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership that oversaw the study.) Read more on this here. [feather_share skin="wheel" size="24"] ...