Some economists say that the ancient remedy for their plight is still the best we've got: If we want a strong recovery after the coronavirus is contained, we will need mass debt forgiveness. LBJ's James Galbraith is a leading proponent of such a jubilee. The economist argues that when the pandemic has passed, "there will be a vast tangle of unpaid debts that cannot be cleared," and thus "the whole financial system will have to be reset."
"I had the privilege of learning from some of the most experienced, smartest professors around... yet, despite their experience, knowledge and fame they were all very humble, generous and kind to me," said MGPS student Mohamed Abufalgha, who was chosen as the 2020 class speaker. "I learned a lot just from observing the way they act, let alone what they taught in class."Read more
Colin Crowell, former VP of global public policy and philanthropy at Twitter, to deliver 2020 LBJ School commencement address
Colin Crowell, Twitter's former vice president of global public policy & philanthropy, will deliver the commencement address to the 2020 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin during the school's virtual commencement ceremony on May 23, 2020.Read more
As state leaders begin to restart the Texas economy, policy experts from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston have issued a nine-point playbook for rebuilding a more equitable and inclusive future Texas.Read more
Coronavirus has revealed weaknesses in the Texas economy that we must address, write Kirk Watson and LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo. "As more than 1.5 million Texans lined up for unemployment, a blinding light was shone on our state's inequities and vulnerabilities. Now, as business activity begins to resume across the state, we can no longer debate or deny their existence. Texas needs a new playbook for our new normal, one that addresses our state’s economic soft spots and redefines who we are going forward.Read more
As policymakers, public servants, nonprofit leaders, members of the private sector and more, LBJ School alumni are playing a critical role in contributing solutions during the COVID-19 crisis. Their training from the LBJ School is being put to the test: They are approaching complex problems and finding innovative answers, from building ways for students to learn better online and protecting the homeless population from the virus to coordinating emergency response efforts, LBJ School alumni are doing immeasurable good on an international scale.Read more
The LBJ School is following all directives from The University of Texas at Austin regarding operations regarding COVID-19, with only essential personnel expected to work on campus. All other personnel will be working remotely. UT students are currently on spring break, and classes will resume on March 30.Read more