|New book by Shapiro, Borie-Holtz confonts effect, importance of regulation
Regulation has become a front-page topic recently, often referenced by politicians in conjunction with the current state of the U.S. economy. Stuart Shapiro, associate professor and director of the Program in Public Policy, has authored The Politcs of Regulatory Reform with Bloustein School instructor Debra Borie-Holtz. The book looks at why federal and state politicians have been so eager to pass legislation making it harder for agencies to issue regulations.
The authors confront questions relevant to both academic scholars and those with a general interest in ascertaining the effects and importance of regulation and untangle the misperceptions behind regulation by using an area of regulatory policy that has been underutilized until now. Rather than focusing on the federal government, Shapiro and Borie-Holtz have gathered a unique dataset on the regulatory process and output in the United States. They use state-specific data from twenty-eight states, as well as a series of case studies on regulatory reform, to question widespread impressions and ideas about the regulatory process.
Shapiro and Borie-Holtz conclude that these measures don’t do much to affect regulations but they do help politicians get credit with constituents for caring about regulations.
Bloustein School holds Symposium on Maternal Mortality and AIDS in Africa
Van Horn Participates in White House Forum on Long-term Unemployment
A growing body of evidence suggests that AIDS is a major cause of pregnancy-related death in populations where HIV rates are high. Although accurate data in Africa are limited, it appears that the AIDS epidemic in HIV-endemic countries like Malawi, Zimbabwe, and South Africa has largely reversed previous gains in reducing maternal mortality. In November, Bloustein Professor Meredeth Turshen organized and moderated a symposium that explored avenues by which HIV and AIDS are associated with maternal and child mortality, broadening the discussion of women’s health to include the inter-related issues of gender and development. A recording of the event is available on the Bloustein School website.
Krepcio presents on the "New Normal" and supporting the unemployed and underemployed
Kathy Krepcio, executive director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, presented “Understanding the New Normal and Supporting the Unemployed and Underemployed in the Wake of the Great Recession.” at the National Governors Association’s Human Services Advisors Policy Institute in October. Her discussion highlighted the devastating economic, physical, and emotional toll that the Great Recession had on American workers. Today’s labor market represents a stark shift from the previous century with a “new normal” economic outlook defined by higher unemployment and underemployment rates and lower wages. Lower union membership, increased skill requirements by employers, and globalization and technological changes are a few of the factors contributing to the new normal. The Great Recession demonstrated the inadequacies of existing federal and human services and workforce policies and programs that are ill suited for the needs of the long-term unemployed. Krepcio concluded by suggesting that policies and practices should be adjusted and implemented based on evidence in the employment field and that future policies should be designed to operate in both a bust and boom economy, asserting that policies should provide support for people, while encouraging independence and economic self-sufficiency.
Carl Van Horn, director and founder of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, participated in the January 31 White House event "Opportunity for All: Ready to Work." The event, which explored new ways to provide long-term unemployed workers with opportunities to return to the workforce, featured remarks from President Obama and a series of panel discussions about long-term unemployment.
NIEER Research Fellow Stephanie Curenton participated in a TweetChat organized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans addressing the importance of early learning for all children. The conversation was part of an ongoing series on Twitter encouraging discussion among researchers, educators, parents, and other interested parties. The conversation can be found by following the #AfAmEdChat
Robert Kopp, affiliated assistant professor, Rutgers Energy Institute, is a contributing author to Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, the contribution of Working Group 1 to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report was released in September. He recently participated in and presented at the coastal impacts workshop of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and gave a presentation on "Local and global impacts of climate change and extreme weather" at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, New School for Social Research, in November.
Kathy Krepcio, executive director of the Heldrich Center, presented the keynote address at The Future of Workforce Development in Mississippi Forum sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Her address, “Rethinking Workforce Development in the Wake of the Great Recession,” examined how policymakers are applauding the declining unemployment rate, yet are failing to acknowledge the labor force participation rate, which continues to decline as discouraged Americans abandon their efforts to find employment. She also presented at the Southern Growth Policies Board’s conference on Re-imagining Workforce Development, which highlighted trends affecting workforce development, especially in the southern regional economy. She asserted the need for a new workforce system, but acknowledged the obstacles to a successful transition, including a lack of data and evidence, fear of change, and a lack of imagination. She also began a new project with Cornell University to develop a "Community of Practice" (CoP) of state officials who share a common interest in initiating, developing, and expanding efforts to make their states “model employers” of individuals with disabilities.
Assistant Professor Dawne Mouzon recently presented her research on “Race Paradox in Mental Health: Truth or Myth?” at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC and the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture annual meeting at Boston College.
Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center, attended the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Annual Conference in November 2013. He participated in a presentation on technology security issues facing municipal governments, and provided a legislative and regulatory update to local finance professionals and municipal clerks. He also presented and led a session for finance officers and tax collectors on technology and political challenges facing New Jersey local governments. Marc also assisted a group of hyperlocal news publishers and daily news reporters through the New Jersey NewsCommons with presentations on “How to Access Public Data.”
William M. Rodgers, professor and chief economist at the Heldrich Center, made the following media appearances: $15 Minimum Wage Impact, CNBC Power Lunch (12/6/2013); Jobs Report Surprises, CNBC.com (12/6/2013); Job seekers feel brunt of slow jobs recovery, The Grio (11/9/2013); Why young people are saying 'no' to the workforce, The New American Workplace, CNN Money (10/22/2013); Census Report Paints Troubling Economic Picture on Incomes, All Things Considered/npr.org, (9/17/2013); Are We Safer Now?” CNBC Power Lunch (9/13/2013); Do investors expect too much from economy?, CNBC Power Lunch (8/2/2013)
Hal Salzman, professor and senior faculty fellow at the Heldrich Center, was part of a Congressional panel addressing the impact of the H-1B visa program on the economy, innovation, and the workforce. The H1-B program permits U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialized occupations.
Bloustein sustainability researcher Jennifer Senick, MA, PhD Candidate, executive director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building joined REIT.com for a video interview at NAREIT’s 2014 Leader in the Light Working Forum in San Francisco. Senick was asked to comment on the trends that she is seeing with regard to energy management systems and REITs’ ability to scale building efficiencies on a portfolio-wide level.
Veda Truesdale, senior research associate with the Environmental Analysis and Communication Group, made a presentation on the "New York Land Use Toolkit" at the Climate Change: Adaptation & Building Resiliency in our Communities conference at Union College in January.
Professor Meredeth Turshen will participate in the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights at UMass Boston on February 20. Her presentation, "Women’s Economic Activities in Eastern DRC: Livelihoods under Duress," will focus on how protracted conflict over three decades in eastern Congo has profoundly altered livelihoods—-not just the ways in which women and men earn their living, but also the social, community, legal, political, security, and economic environments in which people work.
Carl Van Horn, Ph.D., professor and director of the Heldrich Center, has been appointed as a visiting non-resident scholar with the Federal Reserve System for the 2013-14 academic year. As part of his appointment, he will co-edit a book entitled Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century, which will be published in 2014. The Heldrich Center and the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City will hold a related conference in New Brunswick, NJ from October 15 to 17, 2014. He also participated in last week’s White House event "Opportunity for All: Ready to Work." The event, which explored new ways to provide long-term unemployed workers with opportunities to return to the workforce, featured remarks from President Obama and a series of panel discussions about long-term unemployment. On October 23, 2013, AARP's Life Reimagined for Work web site published an article about older unemployed workers and the struggles they’re facing finding employment in today’s turbulent job market. Heldrich Center Director Dr. Carl Van Horn was one of the experts interviewed for the article, which was the first in a five-part series exploring the challenges and opportunities for those over 50 and out of work.
The National Center for Education Statistics invited the Heldrich Center's Michelle Van Noy, Ph.D. to serve on the expert panel for the Interagency Working Group on Expanded Measures of Enrollment and Attainment (GEMEnA). GEMEnA’s goal is to determine better ways to measure work-related education and training, particularly at the sub-baccalaureate level, including certificates and licenses. The panel, which meets annually in Washington, D.C., provides guidance and support to GEMEnA’s strands of work.
Heldrich Center researchers Charyl Yarbrough, Ph.D., and Laurie Harrington are evaluating a 12-month nurse residency model in New Jersey long-term care facilities for new Registered Nurse (RN) graduates. The program identifies that in contrast to acute care environments, nurse residency programs have not been offered in long-term care environments, contributing to high turnover and attrition rates, and reduced care for long-term care residents. This program will address current problems in long-term care facilities and educate 50 preceptors and 50 new RN graduates with the goal of improving care and reducing re-hospitalization rates for long-term care residents. The project is funded by Federal Civil Monetary Penalties.
As part of her work with the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank with a focus on Latin America Allie Bobak EJB '12 (Planning and Public Policy) worked with non-resident Senior Fellow Sergio Bitar to focus on the topic of global trends and the future of Latin America, assisting with his final report "Why and How Latin America Should Think About the Future."
RECENT NEWS FROM THE BLOUSTEIN SCHOOL
The Bloustein Center for Survey Research will serve as the host of the the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of Academic Survey Researchers in March 2015. In addition, Associate Director Marc Weiner has joined the AASRO Executive Committee as the Program Committee Chair for 2014-15.
On October 25, the Bloustein Local Government Research Center hosted a symposium, “The New Jersey Gold Coast: How We Got Here and Where We Are Going,” that reviewed the history of the area and discussed its future. Coordinated by Director Ray Caprio and Assistant Director Marc Pfeiffer, research was presented by Bloustein graduate students Theadora Paulucci and Xunjing (Lisa) Wu. Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner; long-time Jersey City Planning Director Robert Cotter, PP, FAICP; Edgewater Borough Administrator Gregory Franz; and Arthur Imperatore, Jr., President of NY Waterways, made presentations on the historical development and current state of the region.
A partnership of staff from the Bloustein School and the Rutgers Climate Institute provided the support for a report recently released by the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance entitled, "Resilience. Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change: A Gap Analysis from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance". The report outlines public policy needs and gaps identified through an extensive stakeholder engagement process. The report also summarizes the latest climate trends and projections in New Jersey as well as public support for policies to address climate change adaptation. It is intended to inform a forthcoming process to identify specific policies and actions that can be taken in New Jersey to ensure the state is prepared for the challenges of a changing climate. Early in 2014, the Alliance will be hosting a series of workshops with targeted stakeholders, experts and practitioners to discuss and recommend policies to address the needs and gaps outlined in this report.
The Voorhees Transportation Center and the Environmental Analysis and Communication Group received funding to conduct two Health Impact Assessments. One, funded by the Partners for Health Foundation, will look at health impacts associated with the Bloomfield Ave. Complete Corridor Plan in the vicinity of Montclair, NJ. The other, funded by Together North Jersey, will study the health impacts of planned expansion of the Middlesex Greenway in Middlesex County, NJ.
An analysis of the New Jersey Bankers Association’s 2014 Economic Survey was presented on January 17 at the Bloustein School. The survey, conducted by the Bloustein Center for Survey Research under the direction of Bloustein Dean James Hughes, assistant research professor and BCSR associate director Marc Weiner and BCSR senior research specialist Orin Puniello. The survey inquires about national and state current economic assessments, as well as six-month projections; expectations about long-term and short-term interest rates; commercial real estate submarket and loan demand; and residential loan and refinance demand. It also explores real estate values, currently and expected, as well as a set of negative indicators and common obstacles to lending.
Improving Community Space and "Going Green" with Living Wall
Bloustein students have 24/7 access to 88 workstation class computers designated solely for student use, but were lacking a dedicated quiet/focus space. Recently, the school transformed a storage area into a relaxing, library-like area complete with comfortable seating and a laptop table. In memory of Dr. Jerome Rose, a longtime Bloustein faculty member who retired in 1996 and who passed away in April 2013 following a brief illness, his family has chosen to honor the school with a gift that will rename this new student space the Jerome G. Rose Room as well as will enhance the school's Jerome G. Rose Distinguished Teaching Awards.
Students and faculty will now come face-to face-with a vertical garden, installed in late October, when they enter the Bloustein School. EcoWalls, LLC, the brainchild of Rutgers alum Michael Coraggio and graduate student Ryan Burrows, created the living wall as its own sustainable ecosystem, developing a modular system that incorporates a unique combination of sustainable and lightweight materials for growing plants vertically. The material used in the system maintains the proper balance of water and nutrients, drastically reducing the amount of resources used.