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Shaefer and Edin's book ($2 a Day) cited in piece on political debate over plight of impoverished Americans

Eisenberg tracks factors affecting both mental health and athletic/academic performance among college athletes

Shapiro says Americans' low spending reflects "cruel lesson" about the dangers of debt

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Susan Murphy elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Maggie Levenstein named director of ISR's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

Arline Geronimus receives 2016 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

PSC spring 2016 newsletter: Kristin Seefeldt, Brady West, newly funded projects, ISR Runs for Bob, and more

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Dean Yang

Yang's work on migrant remittances yields place on U-M innovative ideas list

a PSC In The News reference, 2010

"Twelve of the most innovative ideas to come from the University community in the past year" - Michigan Daily. 09/08/2010.

Dean Yang found that remittance funds--money that working migrants send to relatives in their home countries--can yield bigger benefits when the migrants have greater control over how the money is spent. Yang says most migrants want the money they send home to be used for long- rather than short-term benefit, such as for schooling, healthcare, and small business ventures. Their families, however, tend to use the remittances for day-to-day expenses. Yang says if migrants could better control how funds are used, the money would yield larger family and economic development benefits, and the migrants would be inclined to send more.

Researcher:

Dean Yang

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