Public-Private Interface News

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (center) spoke at Northwestern's Susan Bies Lecture on Economics and Public Policy on April 27. From left: Kellogg professor Jan Eberly, Bernanke and former Federal Reserve Governor Susan Bies.

Addressing a filled auditorium at the Donald P. Jacobs Center, former Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke delivered an extensive talk on the U.S. economy, the 2008 financial crisis and recovering from one of the greatest recessions in American history.

Northwestern hosts former Fed chair

Ben Bernanke speaks to a full house on banks, bailouts, and moving forward

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Insurance giant shakes ACA tree

11/19/15 – Marketplace
UnitedHealth Group announced it projects to lose $425 million selling plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges and is considering pulling out of those markets. Professor Leemore Dafny is quoted saying UnitedHealth may not be a tell-tale sign of all insurers' actions.

The promise and problems of drug-finding apps

11/12/15 – Marketplace
Article quotes Professor Leemore Dafny on the potential financial burden of mobile apps that offer consumers retail discounts and coupons from drug makers.

Kellogg on Growth Forum

Kellogg hosts inaugural growth forum

11/10/15 – First-ever Kellogg on Growth Forum brings together faculty, students and business leaders to discuss ways to inspire growth

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Amit Bouri '07 discussed the changes to impact investing Oct. 28 and 29 as part of the Beacon Capital Partners Executive in Residence program at the Kellogg School

Using capital to improve the world

11/04/15 – Amit Bouri ’07 discusses the challenges and opportunities within impact investing

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M.B.A.s Get Lessons in Income Inequality

11/04/15 – The Wall Street Journal
Article reports on b-schools teaching the topic of income inequality, quoting Professor David Besanko on his course, Public Economics for Business Leaders: Federal Policy. Article also quotes Kellogg alumnus Dan Kahn, who wrote a case study following his time in Besanko’s class.

Health Care Companies in Merger Frenzy

10/29/15 – The New York Times
Professor Leemore Dafny comments on the latest round of mergers between health care companies including drug makers, hospital groups and insurers.

Prices Are Higher When Hospitals Buy Doctors’ Practices. That’s Set to Change.

10/28/15 – The New York Times
A study by Professors David Dranove and Chris Ody, which shows that mergers can drive up costs for privately insured patients, is referenced in this article.

Health co-ops' struggles could bring higher costs

10/20/15 – Marketplace
Professor Leemore Dafny comments on the Humana and Aetna healthcare insurance merger.

Weight Watchers soars after Oprah buys in

10/19/15 – CNBC
Professor Craig Garthwaite appeared on “Squawk on the Street” to discuss how the power of the Oprah brand factors into Oprah’s new Weight Watchers endorsement. He also discussed this topic in an Associated Press article, which was republished in Business Insider, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and Chicago Tribune.

How the One Acre Fund became a $50M social enterprise

10/16/15 – DevexImpact
How the One Acre Fund has grown exponentially in less than 10 years

The $18 trillion problem the Democrats missed during the debate

10/14/15 – Fortune
Article by Professor Nicola Persico argues that the democratic debate failed to expose the candidates’ thinking on the issue of government debt and revenue sources. The candidates were not required to provide a realistic vision for the economic role of government in America.

Who Pays Hospital Bills When Patients Can't?

10/13/15 – The Atlantic
Quotes Professor Craig Garthwaite, who said that a "floor-and-trade" system would mean that "we can increase the charity care provided to people falling through the cracks of the ACA in the most efficient way possible. It is also important to note that unlike a cap and trade policy this does not create industry wide cost, but instead shifts resources across hospitals.”

The Debate Over Drug Pricing

10/01/15 – NPR
Professor Craig Garthwaite was a guest on The Diane Rehm Show, where he discussed why drugs cost what they do and what can be done to lower prices for consumers.

Insurance CEOs again called before lawmakers

09/29/15 – Marketplace
Quotes Professor Leemore Dafny, who said that pledges from insurers don’t mean much. “It’s competition that we want to ensure that savings are passed through if they are realized,” she said.

When It Comes To Health Insurance Mergers, Bigger Is Not Going To Be Better

09/28/15 – Forbes
Quotes Professor Leemore Dafny, who said that the 1999 merger between Aetna and Prudential “resulted in reduced payments to providers and no evidence that those cost savings were passed on to consumers.”

Nikola Jakic '16

Society through business

09/23/15 – Kellogg’s 2016 McGowan Fellow will focus on ethical, enriching leadership

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Leemore Dafny

Dafny: 'We are paying a premium on our premiums'

09/22/15 – Former deputy director for the Federal Trade Commission appears before a U.S. Senate subcommittee on health insurance industry consolidation

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What Cuba’s new wave of entrepreneurs need to know

09/19/15 – Fortune
Article by Professor Russell Walker highlights the importance of importation and access to capital for many Cuban entrepreneurs.

Jan Eberly

Jan Eberly named co-editor of leading policy publication

09/14/15 – Former chief economist for the U.S. Treasury will be the first woman to helm The Brookings Institution’s flagship economic journal

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How a tax on health plans may lead to higher wages

09/07/15 – Marketplace
Professor Leemore Dafny is quoted discussing impact of the Cadillac Tax, a provision under Obamacare that penalizes health insurance plans that are considered too generous.