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Business and Economy

  1. Two-thirds of local leaders see Michigan moving in the wrong direction

    The combined crises of the past year have darkened the attitudes of local government leaders, according to the first results of U-M’s 2021 Michigan Public Policy Survey.

  2. University lifts spending restraints imposed during pandemic

    The decision follows the approval June 17 of the University’s consolidated budget plan for the coming fiscal year. That budget includes funding for a modest salary program for University employees and a $15-an-hour minimum wage for regular U-M employees on all campuses.

  3. State House proposal would slash budget for Ann Arbor campus

    A Michigan House committee moved forward a higher-education budget bill May 5 that would radically change state-funding for U-M Ann Arbor, including a loss of some $40M in the next fiscal year.

  4. Detroit: Olympic city?

    The fate of the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Game seems more uncertain than ever due to the pandemic. Detroit has long sought to host the games. Will it ever happen?

  5. How popular is Robin Hood, anyway?

    As global income inequality continues to rise, public policy expert Charlotte Cavaillé explores the concept of ‘fairness’ and the politics of income redistribution.

  6. Forecast 2021: Presidential politics

    As a new presidential administration gets to work, U-M experts explore the myriad crises that Joe Biden and his team face, from a lack of trust in government to the relentless COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. Paul Milgrom, BA ’70, awarded Nobel Prize

    The 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences recognizes Milgrom’s work in improving auction formats. He and fellow researcher Robert Wilson were awarded the prize for their research about auction theory.

  8. More than 1.3M jobs, $82B in wages tied to Great Lakes, study shows

    The coastal counties of the eight Great Lakes states produce 21 percent of the gross domestic product in the region and 5.8 percent of the United States’ GDP.

  9. U-M counts record startups, inventions in FY20

    The University’s ‘innovation ecosystem’ launched 31 startups this fiscal year, a 40-percent increase over FY19, despite a period that included the pandemic and temporarily shuttered labs.