Business and Economy

  1. Turning an economic eye on education

    As the first chief economist in the U.S. Dept. of Education, Ford School alumnus Jordan Matsudaira, PhD ’05, seeks to best promote academic and financial success for students in higher education. Ford professor Kevin Stange has a one-year appointment alongside Matsudaira.

  2. Recipe for a global crisis

    The war in Ukraine, coupled with COVID-19 and climate change, is the latest in a string of dramatic shocks to global food production. At the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Amy Senter, BS ’08/MS ’11, mobilizes efforts to address these formidable challenges.

  3. From industrial wasteland to urban lure

    As president/CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Mark Wallace, MPP ’04, oversees ‘the best riverwalk in the country.’ With $1.8 billion in investments over two decades, visitors have gone from essentially zero to 3 million.

  4. Money magazine ranks U-M No. 1 for value

    U-M is only the second public university to place first in the history of the magazine’s rankings. The University’s high graduation rate and strong financial aid for in-state students contributed to its top score on the 2022 list.

  5. Biden’s intended nominee for Fed’s top banking regulator: U-M Ford School Dean Michael Barr

    If confirmed, Barr would step down and take an unpaid leave of absence from U-M, retaining his faculty appointments in public policy and law and planning to return to the faculty after serving his term on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

  6. Detroit River narratives emerge through schooner trips, boat building

    U-M’s Detroit River Story Lab partners with community groups in Flint and Detroit to teach schoolchildren about ship construction and buoyancy, river ecology, and the river’s role in the history of the Underground Railroad.

  7. Bookstore blends culture, community in Flint

    The Comma Bookstore & Social Hub is a rarity: Fewer than 6 percent of U.S. bookstores are owned and operated by Black entrepreneurs. Egypt Otis, BA ’20, is here to change that.

  8. Shop til you stop

    Consumers, flush with money they did not spend last year, want to splurge in 2021. So what are the present realities for the second holiday shopping season affected by the pandemic? Michigan Ross experts weigh in.

  9. 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.