Economist's Paper Calls for New Research Agenda on Emigration
An article that Michael A. Clemen researched as a Visiting Scholar at NYU Wagner and the Department of Economics is generating a great deal of discussion. "Economics and Emigration: Trillion-Dollar Bills on the Sidewalk?" focuses on the vast economic losses that result from tightly binding limitations on emigration imposed by destination countries such as the United States (where, for example, the 2010 Diversity Visa Lottery attracted 13.6 million applications for 50,000 visas, mainly from people in developing countries). When it comes to the many policies that restrict emigration, the few estimates of the economic losses to the receiving countries "should make economists' jaws hit their desks," writes Clemens, a Senior Fellow with the Center for Global Development, Washington, D.C., adding "there appears to be trillion-dollar bills on the sidewalk." Yet economists and researchers tend not to focus on what is perhaps "the greagest single class of distortions in the global economy," he notes. Clemens explores why that is so, and goes on to propose a new research agenda.
Using Analytics to Improve NYC Government Performance
A number of NYC agencies are using methods of performance improvement developed in the private sector, including Lean Six Sigma, a process through which groups analyze problems with performance and explore opportunities for improvement. The next Leading Large Scale Change briefing for government officials sponsored by Accenture and RCLA will focus on agencies in which managerial teams strategically explore causes of weak performance and develop and test solutions.
Panelists at the September 27 by-invitation-only event will include: Alan Aviles, President, Health and Hospitals Corporation; Richard Barth, Executive Director, Department of City Planning; Mathew Wambua, Commissioner, Department of Housing Preservation and Development; and Elizabeth Weinstein, Director, Mayor’s Office of Operations. Additionally, the panel will include a representative from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office.
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MORE magazine asks Assistant Dean David Schachter about Nonprofit Careers
MORE, a magazine "for women of style and substance," turns to NYU Wagner Assistant Dean David Schachter for tips on pursuing a public service career in an article in the current issue headlined "Do You Have What It Takes To Work for a Nonprofit?"
"At some point," the piece begins, "almost every woman who works in business thinks, Why on earth am I doing this? Fantasies of leaving the rat race soon follow, fueled by a desire to do some good. At these moments," the article goes on, "working for a nonprofit can seem tempting, especially since there's a perception that such jobs involve less political infighting and offer a more balanced life, albeit with a lower salary. Another aspect of nonprofits' appeal: Despite the current downturn, they're still hiring, according to research by the Bridgespan Group, a consulting firm. In fact, leadership openings are expected to double in the coming years as baby boomers retire and many existing organizations expand."
Schachter, assistant dean for student affairs, provides some helpful advice for women who are switching from a business career mode; he suggests rethinking and restating their skills and experience to underscore their particular relevance to prospective nonprofit employers. He also offers information on retooling one's resume, and on how to pursue a board seat at a nonprofit.
Urban Policy Students Explore China's Massive Urbanization in Shanghai Summer Course
Students in Wagner's 2011 summer course utilized Shanghai's bike-share program, the largest in the world.
Within the next 20 years, China will move 300 million people--similar in number to the entire U.S. population--from rural to urban areas. This massive and rapid urbanization poses tremendous challenges to environment and sustainability, but also offers great opportunities for industrial restructuring and economic development.
Zhan Guo, an assistant professor of urban planning and transportation policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, has completed the second summer course in Shanghai, exposing 19 students during the summer of 2011 to the unparalleled transition from a centrally controlled economy to a market oriented economy. The urban policy students are from Wagner and several other graduate schools across the United States.
The 12-day course, to be offered each summer, exposes students to diverse issues under this context, such as the household registration system, migrant rural workers, motorization and high speed rail, the land finance and real estate bubble, property rights and forced eviction, economic development zones, and environmental protection. The course is held at NYU Shanghai [http://www.nyu.edu/global/shanghai/campus/campus_photos.htm], and combines classroom lectures, local guest speakers, visits to local organizations, and field trips in Shanghai and nearby towns and villages.
Excursions take students on visits to migrant worker enclaves, suburban ghost "new towns," and the vast Yangshan deep-water port, the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), a large-scale mixed-class residential development, and Bao Steel factory.
Students also met the planning director of Suzhou and chief planner for SIP, discussed the real estate bubble with one of the largest developers in Shanghai, participated in a workshop at an architectural studio, and interacted with domestic students.
NYU Wagner courses abroad provide students and professionals with an opportunity to enhance conceptual knowledge, learn and interact with leading experts in the field, and apply new skills in a practical setting - in Accra, Ghana; in Cape Town, South Africa; and in Geneva, Switzerland, in addition to Shanghai.
For more information about the Shanghai program, please visit here: http://wagner.nyu.edu/shanghai.
Governor Names Prof. Moss to MTA Search Committee
Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed NYU Wagner Professor Mitchell Moss to serve on a new, 20-member advisory committee that will conduct a search for the next chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Moss is NYU Wagner's Henry Hart Professor of Urban Policy & Planning and leads the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management located at the school.
Appointed along with Moss were, among others, the chairman of the Association for a Better New York, Bill Rudin; former Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch; Lillian Borrone, board chair of Eno Transportation Foundation; New York State AFL-CIO president Denis Hughes; Continuum Health Partners president and CEO Stanley Brezenoff; former NYS operations director Mary Ann Crotty; and Gene Russianoff, senor attorney, NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign.
The panel, formed Aug. 8, "will conduct a national and international search to find and recommend the most talented candidates for the next chairman of the MTA," Gov. Cuomo announced, adding: "I am committed to appointing a new chairman who will put straphangers first and who will continue to reform the MTA by reducing costs and waste, while improving efficiency and service."