The New York Times, Feb. 26, 2019 (Opinion)
China Isn’t Having Enough Babies
Wang Feng, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine and Yong Cai write, “The Chinese government urgently needs to address these mounting demographic pressures with systemic reforms. It must provide adequate child care and equal access to public education, and ensure quality in health care. It should postpone the retirement age (currently 55 for women and 60 for men) and nationalize pension standards. More broadly, it needs to promote social equality, especially gender equality, and a work-life balance.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: AccessNYT.com]
Latestly, Feb. 26, 2019
Why do People Watch ISIS Beheading Videos? UCI Study Blames Fear of Terrorism
According to a new study by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), one in five adults in the US may have watched a part of such graphic videos online. Why would anyone want to watch such violent content willingly? … Roxane Cohen Silver, a senior author of the study, said: “Our findings suggest that when individuals are afraid of horrific acts of cruelty occurring in the world, they may be curious to seek out graphic coverage of these types of events. But this may only exacerbate their distress and anxiety over time, locking them into a spiral of fear.”
Reason, Feb. 26, 2019
Minimum Wage Boosts Are Great—For Robots
“Increasing the minimum wage decreases significantly the share of automatable employment held by low-skilled workers, and increases the likelihood that low-skilled workers in automatable jobs become nonemployed or employed in worse jobs,” Grace Lordan of the London School of Economics and David Neumark of the University of California, Irvine, reported in a paper published last year in Labour Economics. They drew their conclusions after reviewing data from 1980 through 2015.
Bloomberg Opinion, Feb. 23, 2019 (Opinion)
The Era of Two-Party Politics Is Over
But in 2017, Estonian political scientist Rein Taagepera [UCI Professor Emeritus] and his U.S. colleague Matthew Shugart found, using data on multiple elections in 49 countries, that the number of politically relevant parties that win seats in a parliament is strongly predicted by just two factors: The number of seats in the parliament and the number of legislators elected in each constituency. Other factors, such as, for example, a country’s ethnic diversity, are far less significant, though they can affect the shape of the political system, too.
Danceplug, Feb. 20, 2019 (Interview)
Why Arts Administration Matters: An Interview With UCI’s Molly Lynch
A part of me couldn’t help but feel nostalgic as I started walking towards the Dance Department office of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Another part of me was ecstatic to be interviewing the Chair of the department, Molly Lynch. She was one of my favorite professors and one of the main reasons I became a dance journalist. Professor Lynch is not only a teacher of dance, but she also specializes in arts management, business, and administration.
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