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Too Many Chiefs, Too Much Bureaucracy?

Too Many Chiefs, Too Much Bureaucracy?

Of all the ways that the Washington bureaucracy grows, here's a curious one: the chief-of-staff title "has spread downward in the bureacracy to where there is now a chief of staff to an assistant-aassistant secretary," remarks the Wagner School's Professor Paul Light. His comments appeared in the May 6, 2007, edition of the Washington Post. An expert on the federal government, Professor Light also shed light on the downfall of a string of VIPs in the Bush adminisration, in the May 6th New York Times. Read both articles by clicking on the links below.

Training Students for the Nonprofit Sector Is a 'Balancing Act,' observes Professor Paul Light in Survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Training Students for the Nonprofit Sector Is a 'Balancing Act,' observes Professor Paul Light in Survey by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy asked scholars, charity leaders and other experts to describe the challenges facing academic programs that train students to operate nonprofit organizations. Wagner�s Professor Light was among those queried. The demands on the curriculum, he began, �have never been greater.�

To read his full comments, click here.

U.S. Labor Department Names Wagner Professor Sewin Chan to Advisory Panel on Pensions

U.S. Labor Department Names Wagner Professor Sewin Chan to Advisory Panel on Pensions

     Sewin Chan, Associate Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner, has been sworn in as a member of the U.S. Departmetn of Labor's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Plans. The panel was established under the ERISA Act, and Professor Chan will be one of 15 members on a three-year term. Her specific role is to represent the general public in advising Secretary Hilda Solis on issues relating to pension and health plans. Others on the council represent various industry groups and unions.

     Professor Chan teaches courses in microeconomics, public finance, and health economics. Her research is concerned with the well-being of individuals and households and how it is shaped by the interaction of economic behavior, market institutions and government policies. Professor Chan's current focus is on the economics of aging and retirement. Her recent projects include the impact of job loss on older workers, individual responsiveness to financial retirement incentives, and the well-being of caregiving grandparents. Professor Chan has also worked on the economics of the residential housing market, examining the inherent risks of homeownership and designing innovative financial instruments for controlling those risks. Professor Chan has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and the Center for Retirement Research. Her research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Urban Economics. She holds an M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

 

 

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