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The Rise and Fall of Public Higher Education

Champaign , USA

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Our September speaker, Nancy Folbre, is Professor Emerita of Economics at University of Massachussets, Amherst. Folbre has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations Development Office. She is the recipient of Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, and a Five-Year Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Folbre's research concerns the economics of family life, exploring how childrearing, caretaking, and education constitute public goods. A weekly contributor to the New York Times Economix blog, she is the author and editor of numerous scholarly books, chapters, and articles, including Valuing Children: Rethinking the Economics of the Family (Harvard UP, 2008), Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas (Oxford UP, 2009), as well as Saving State U: Why We Must Fix Public Higher Education (New Press, 2010).