Just a short post from me today on this wet and windy weekend: I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the great Professor Michael Klein – a 26-year member of the Fletcher faculty and former Chief Economist in the Office of International Affairs of the United States Department of the Treasury – to talk about something really important that he and co-founder (and Fletcher Professor) Edward Schumacher-Matos dreamt up, the Econofact network.

I don’t want to steal Michael’s thunder, so I’ll encourage you all to watch the short video below, but I do think that, in an era of “fake news” there may be nothing more important that we’re doing here at Fletcher, than creating useful, relevant, important work like this.

No longer just a dream, Econofact  launched just about year ago in January 2017. They have now published over 100 memos and built a collaborative stable of over 70 top economists from across the country. Weekly, they are producing top-notch content that lays out the data and analysis of the issues of our day. Most importantly, it’s done in a manner manner that is digestible, non-partisan, and useful to our nation’s policymakers, thought leaders, journalists, and – we hope – citizens.

A quick example: On Monday Econofact published this memo, “Will Steel Tariffs put U.S. Jobs at Risk?” On Thursday, President Trump somewhat suddenly announced he would be imposing new tariffs on steel and aluminum trade as of next week. The news came as a bit of a surprise and journalists have scrambled to get on top of what that might mean – in doing their research, they’ve turned to Econofact. A few links to articles citing this fantastic work are just below.

From the New York Times, The Upshot: The Real Risks of Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

And from Reuters: Trump to meet steel and aluminum execs, no tariffs decision

If that’s not a prime example of ensuring that the work we do has impact beyond these ivory towers, I don’t know what is.

As always, thanks for reading.

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