IUPUI student exhibit examines material culture of homelessness

Homeless Exhibit An exhibit at the Indianapolis Central Library explores the cultural heritage of a group that's often overlooked when people think about culture: the city's homeless population. Called "What Does Homelessness Look Like?" the exhibit was produced by students in an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis class taught by archaeology and museum studies professors Larry Zimmerman and Elizabeth Kryder-Reid.  Full Story

SPEA policy brief examines downgrading of U.S. credit

Craig Johnson

Aug. 5, 2011, when Standard & Poor's downgraded the rating for U.S. debt, was a sad day in the nation's fiscal history, Craig Johnson of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs writes in a recent policy brief from SPEA. But the rating change shouldn't have come as a surprise, he writes: S&P gave plenty of warning that it was likely to act if the government didn't take steps to control its debt.

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IU study examines early career outcomes for public college graduates


A new Indiana University research project that looked at work outcomes for graduates at all degree levels of the state's public colleges found that the manufacturing industry awarded the highest pay. When it comes to which industry hires the most graduates, however, that honor fell to the educational services industry, followed by the health care services industry.

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Study: More than 9 million U.S. adults lost health coverage in recession


An estimated 9.3 million American adults lost health insurance coverage as a result of increased unemployment during the recession of 2007-09, according to a newly published study by researchers at Cornell, Indiana and Carnegie Mellon universities.

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Corporations owned in corrupt nations more likely to evade taxes in the U.S., study says

Tax Evasion

A study by economists at Indiana University and the U.S. Treasury Department finds that corporations owned by individuals from countries with high levels of corruption are more likely than others to evade taxes in the United States.

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Drug co-pays mean less generous benefits for families facing chronic disease

Prescription Drugs

Benefits under employer-sponsored health care plans are less generous to families covering a member with a chronic illness than to families without a chronically ill member, according to a trio of university researchers including an IUPUI health economist. The difference is due primarily to higher out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs.

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Are colleges being transparent about efforts to measure student learning?

Students in Lecture

A joint research institute of Indiana University and the University of Illinois has released a report that summarizes what colleges and universities tell the public via their websites about their efforts to measure student learning.

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Previous issue

Business Outlook Panel

A report on the Kelley School Business Outlook Panel's forecast for the Indiana economy in 2012 leads off this month's IU Perspectives on Policy. Also featured: a lecture by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, an IU Northwest alumna's campaign to raise awareness of anthropologists, a report by IU professors on how to "grow philanthropy," a policy brief on Indiana's new teacher evaluation law, and a preview of a 20th anniversary symposium on the Nunn-Lugar Threat Reduction Program.

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