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Podcasts: Global Action for Policy (GAP) Initiative

Introducing the GAP Initiative podcast series featuring engaging conversations, expert interviews, and in-depth discussions on topics that explore impactful solutions to economic challenges and innovative insights.

Alex Eble is Associate Professor of Economics and Education at Columbia University’s graduate school of education, Teachers College, in a conversation with Mary Steffel, Associate Professor of Marketing at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and Shantanu Khanna, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Northeastern University. They discuss child education in impoverished settings, specifically a study from rural Gambia. Despite caregivers’ high aspirations, progress in literacy and numeracy was minimal over three years. However, a targeted teacher intervention led to a notable 25 percent improvement among these children, highlighting the crucial interaction between educational demand and supply.
Kelsey Jack, Associate Professor of Economics at UC Santa Barbara, in a conversation with Mary Steffel, Associate Professor of Marketing at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Discussing the potential for climate shocks to destabilize the revenue models of public utilities, using the case study of an extreme drought in Cape Town, South Africa.
Join Simone Schaner, Associate Professor (Research) of Economics at the University of Southern California, in a conversation with Mary Steffel, Associate Professor of Marketing at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and Shantanu Khanna, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Northeastern University. They discuss the substantial information frictions faced by job seekers, especially in international labor markets where intermediaries match prospective migrants with overseas employers.

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