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Jonathan Morduch, professor of public policy and economics at NYU Wagner, has co-edited a new collection about the world’s vast “unbanked” population. The book, Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, examines how to realize the goal of extending banking and other financial services to the estimated 2.5 billion people, just over half the adult population globally, who lack them. It. is published by The MIT Press and can be ordered here.
Morduch, a contributor to the volume, is the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Access Initiative, an inter-university research center housed at the Wagner school. The full gamut of essays explore such topics as the complexity of surveying people about their use of financial services; evidence of the impact of financial services on income; and the occasional negative effects of financial services on poor households, including disincentives to work and over-indebtedness. Along with Murdoch, the book's co-editors include Robert Cull and Asli Demirglic-Kunt.
About the Editors:
Robert Cull is a Lead Economist in the Finance and Delivery Private Sector Development Team of the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is Director of Development Policy in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency and Chief Economist of the Financial and Private Sector Development Network (FPD).
Asli Demirguc-Kunt is Senior Research Manager, Finance and Private Sector, in the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group. She is the coeditor of Financial Structures and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Comparison of Banks, Markets, and Development (MIT Press, 2001).
Jonathan J. Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is the coauthor of The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press) and Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day.
Earlier this year, NYU Wagner partnered with New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio and his office’s nonprofit Fund for Public Advocacy as well as the New York Community Trust to support a rigorous public dialogue about City pensions, retiree health care expenses, and other long-term public obligations and liabilities.
Wagner hosted two of the three forums, which were moderated by New York Times metro columnist Michael Powell and included experts in state and local financal management, including Dan Smith, assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management at Wagner.
To read a just-published summary of the discussions, entitled “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: A Report and Roadmap for Action,” visit here.
You will also find a backgrounder (a companion booklet supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation) concerning the size of government and the changing cost, design, and affordability of the City's and State's retirement benefits: “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: Public Employee Pensions & Retiree Health Care Costs.”
Wagner alum, Dylan Congor, received the 2012 Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The award honors those who make outstanding contributions to public service education and demonstrate teaching excellence over a sustained period of time.
Congor earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Wagner in 2004, and is currently the Director of the Masters in Public Policy Program and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University.
She was presented the award on October 18, 2012 at NASPAA’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. David H. Rosenbloom of American University was also a recipient. The Whittington Award is named in honor of the 2000 recipient, Leslie A. Whittington, who perished in Flight 77 at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Congor joins Wagner Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy Ingrid Gould Ellen in this honor, as Professor Ellen received the prestigious award in 2009.
Calling all coders, designers, data scientists and other technologists to participate in new kind of civic technology competition in New York this Fall! Want to win $10,000 and additional prizes helping solve some of New York City’s most pressing social problems? We invite you to join us as we remix hacking for good at NYU Wagner's upcoming Code for Change.
Unlike a weekend hack, Code for Change will feature a two-week collaboration period, September 28 - October 12, giving you a chance to really dive in, get to know the challenge, and build a lasting relationship with your team. We spent the summer working with nonprofits and local government to bring you well-defined, game-changing challenges that call for applications with the potential to vastly improve lives of people in New York and beyond. In addition to doing good work, we will have prizes for the best apps.
Register and join us on Friday, September 28 at NYU Wagner, when we kick off the competition with an afternoon and evening of team matching, giving you a chance to meet face to face, pitch ideas and form working groups. Over the course of two weeks, teams will meet on their own time to work collaboratively on their solutions. Then on Friday, October 12th all participants will reconvene at NYU Wagner for a “demo day,” when they present their solutions for judging at our exposition. Judges will include: Rachel Sterne, NYC’s Chief Digital Officer, Seth Pinsky, President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation; Charlie O'Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures; and Andrew Rasiej, Chairman of NY Tech MeetUp. For more details, please go here now.
Grand Prize $10,000, Social Innovation Prize $6,000 value (including 6 months of free workspace access at the Centre for Social Innovation, a shared workspace and incubator for social ventures, opening in New York City in January 2013. Additional cash, in-kind and mentorship prizes are being announced weekly.
Reserve your spot @ Code for Change launch (Eventbrite).
Enter your solution idea in response to any challenge.
Citing her ongoing work to bring about the planting of one million trees, the City of New York has awarded NYU Wagner student Morgan Monaco its prestigious Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize, which honors aspiring and emerging leaders in the municipal government.
In addition to working currently toward her MPA at Wagner, Ms. Monaco serves as the Director of MillionTreesNYC in the Department of Parks and Recreation, where she leads all elements of the initiative to plant and care for one million new trees citywide.
It is for this job – managing internal staff and coordinating with dozens of outside organizations – that she drew the recognition of the Hayes Prize committee of nine distinguished public service professionals.
“I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award and look forward to preserving Hayes’ legacy through my work in public service,” Ms. Monaco said. “I am particularly proud to receive this award on behalf of open space preservation and environmental sustainability. In my work at Wagner, I always look for ways to apply management best practices of people to managing the urban forest. It is my ultimate goal that New Yorkers foster a better connection to their local trees. I am inspired by Hayes’ ability to deliver innovative public programs and look forward to continuing to address open space challenges through my work at Wagner and beyond."
Ms. Monaco has been in City service for five years after several summers with the Parks Department, and holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Vassar College.
In addition to recognizing Ms. Monaco, the prize committee honored two researchers in the Chief Medical Examiner’s Department of Forensic Biology as recipients of the 2012 award. The team developed a statistical tool to describe the results of complex DNA analysis undertaken at crime scenes.
Individual winners of the Hayes Prize receive up to $7,500, while team efforts are eligible for up to $15,000. The winners are chosen from an array of candidates sent by City agencies. This is the seventh year of the prize, whose winnings may be used by the recipients to further develop their public service careers.
The prize was created to memorialize Frederick O’R. Hayes, who was New York City’s star budget director for four years in the administration of Mayor John Lindsay. In that role, Hayes attracted talented and experienced idealists from around the country who wanted to solve the problems of urban poverty.
Before Mayor Lindsay tapped him in 1966, Mr. Hayes started out his career in public finance positions for New York State government, and went on to work for 10 years in Washington as an economist at the Bureau of the Budget, now the Office of Management and Budget. Hayes in 1964 oined President Lyndon B. Jonson’s task force on the War on Poverty, where he was a senior member of the group that developed the Community Action Program. He later joined the newly created Office of Economic Opportunity under Sergeant Striver.
“He had complete integrity. He understood the delicate connection between professional standards and the political system. He attracted and inspired talent. He was a polymath with a wry sense of humor. His imagination was limitless and his analytical powers incisive,” the prize committee stated of Mr. Hayes, who died in 2002.
The award is organized by New York City and Mayor Michael Bloomberg; the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Commissioner Edna Wells Handy; and the Citywide Organizational and Executive Development Programs
Paul Light, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, has written an essay for a newly published book. In the piece he contends that, for all the low levels of trust the federal government inspires in contemporary public-opinion surveys, it has played a helpful role in American life, ranging from transportation and housing to the environment and the arts.
In the book To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government, edited by Professor Steven Conn of Ohio State (published by Oxford University Press), Light's chapter is titled “From Endeavor to Achievement and Back Again: Government’s Greatest Hits in Peril.” The essay recounts 50 pieces of legislation that reveal what he calls “a good-faith effort to identify the problems that the federal government tried hardest to solve over the past half century.”
“These efforts are extraordinarily wide-ranging—from advancing human rights to helping veterans readjust to civilian life; from protecting the consumers to protecting the environment,” writes Light. “All but a handful of the 50 endeavors involve closely related sets of laws organized around a consistent strategy for addressing a focused problem, such as crime, water quality, or arms control and disarmament.”