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News February 14, 2014

LBJ School Marks 50th Anniversary of President Johnson’s Landmark Civil Rights Legislation with ‘50 for 50’ Initiative

Over the next two years, the School will present “50 for 50” , a special series of 50 events for 50 years, exploring the critical civil rights issues of our time such as human rights and social justice and calling for a renewed effort to "get things done" in order to improve the lives of all citizens.

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News February 13, 2014

Randall Kempner on International Development, Income Inequality and the Importance of Education

When Randall Kempner, an LBJ School graduate (’98) and a 5 th generation Texan, saw the Broadway show Evita as a child, he knew his life was going to be influenced by developments on other continents, whether he liked it or not. This realization led Kempner on a journey from Galveston to Washington, D.C. where he is now the Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of 200 organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. In this position, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market small businesses, and developing standardized financial, social and environmental metrics for impact investment. In this Q&A, Kempner discusses the roll of business in international development and the biggest drivers of income inequality today.

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News February 10, 2014

Professor James Galbraith on the Link Between Inequality and Financial Instability

In his 2012 book Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis , Professor James Galbraith draws on over 40 years of data to dispel major misconceptions about the rise of inequality in the world economy. His work challenges both those who point to technology and those who point to trade and outsourcing. The research outlined in Inequality and Instability was based on the work of The University of Texas Inequality Project , a research group consisting mainly of Ph.D. students working under Galbraith's supervision.

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News February 10, 2014

South African President Calls Attention to LBJ School Researcher’s Findings on Child Support Grants

LBJ School Professor Carolyn Heinrich specializes in designing and implementing rigorous evaluations of government programs and policy innovations. As important as the “nuts and bolts” of this work is, it is not often heralded by major political leaders. However, South African President Jacob Zuma recently trumpeted the findings of a study for which Heinrich was one of two principle investigators leading a large, multinational research team. Heinrich undertook a multi-year analysis of South Africa’s Child Support Grant (CSG) program from 2009 to 2012 using a variety of approaches. The program provides cash transfers to caregivers of children and adolescents in poverty.

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News February 10, 2014

LBJ School Researchers Investigate Implementation of Affordable Care Act in Texas

Professors David Warner and Sam Richardson , along with 17 LBJ School students, are spending their school year examining the technical details of the ACA and the specific ways in which Texas is rolling it out. The research is part of a larger, 29-state research project organized by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Fels Institute of Government.

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News January 30, 2014

Cynthia Osborne Elected to APPAM Policy Council

Cynthia Osborne , the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, has been elected to a four-year term on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

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News December 12, 2013

13 Student Stories from 2013

Whether it was publishing original research in the LBJ Journal, penning policy editorials for the Baines Report student blog, or participating in faculty-led policy research projects about some of today's most pressing issues, LBJ School students spent their 2013 immersed in the world of public

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News December 9, 2013

David Berteau (MPAff '81) to Receive 2013 Distinguished Public Service Award

The Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) is the highest honor the LBJ School of Public Affairs bestows on its graduates and is reserved for those who go above and beyond in their leadership commitment to public service. This year, the LBJ School is pleased to announce David Berteau (MPAff ’81) as the recipient of the 2013 DPSA.

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News December 2, 2013

LBJ Journal Spotlights Student Research

Students looking to gain a wider audience for their research can submit it to the LBJ Journal , one of the oldest student-run public policy journals in the nation. Starting this year, the LBJ Journal will be published exclusively as an e-journal at http://www.lbjjournal.com/ .

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News November 11, 2013

LBJ School Report Proposes Ways to Break Congressional Gridlock

Amid growing public frustration over congressional gridlock, a LBJ School new report is recommending a number of reforms with the goal of improving congressional procedures and encouraging compromise. “‘ Reclamation of the U.S. Congress ’ goes beyond merely restating contemporary dissatisfactions with Washington to provide a detailed analysis of potential congressional reform proposals — both in terms of historical context and in recognition of contemporary political influences,” said Clinical Professor Angela Evans , who led the project for the LBJ School and, before that, spent 30 years at the Congressional Research Service where she served as deputy director.

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