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IU experts available to comment on US jobs market in the pandemic

August 7, 2020

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The U.S. Department of Labor released new numbers in a jobs report Friday, reporting an increase of 1.8 million jobs in July. While this is a gain, it represents only a small portion of the 22 million jobs lost in the spring. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate has extended its session beyond its annual August recess to allow congressional and White House negotiators to continue to seek an agreement on another stimulus package to assist the millions of Americans who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. Indiana University experts on government policy, economics, unemployment and the history of government responses to recessions are available to comment. For more information, contact Kevin Fryling at kfryling@iu.edu or 812-856-2988.

R. Andrew Butters

Industrial organization, applied econometrics, productivity, market integration.

IU Bloomington

Email: rabutter@indiana.edu

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R. Andrew Butters is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at the IU Kelley School of Business. Before joining Kelley, he was an associate economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His research focuses on the impact on demand fluctuations on business decisions and measuring the stage of the business/financial cycle. (more)

Robert Mulligan

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Business cycles, recessions, unemployment, financial markets, cryptocurrencies, confidence games, Ponzi schemes, climate change, international trade, tariff policy.

IU East

Email: rfmullig@iu.edu

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Robert F. Mulligan is a professor of economics at Indiana University East. He primarily teaches macroeconomics, statistics, and international economics. His research interests include business cycle analysis, market process theory, the maritime industry and financial market analysis. (more)

Phil Powell

Business strategy and economic development in emerging markets, U.S. economic policy, industry dynamics of higher education, job markets, talent shortage.

IUPUI

Email: phpowell@indiana.edu

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Phil Powell is the associate dean of academic programs and a clinical associate professor of business economics and public policy at IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. He previously served as faculty chair of the full-time and online MBA programs at Indiana University in Bloomington. Both programs saw an increase in national rankings under Powell's leadership. (more)

Timothy Slaper

Industry and workforce analysis, economic development, Indiana economy, trade and foreign investment analysis.

IU Bloomington

Email: tslaper@indiana.edu

Expert Bio

As research director at the IU Kelley School of Business' Indiana Business Research Center, Timothy Slaper leads a team engaged in industry and workforce analysis, fostering regional economic growth and resiliency, measuring innovation, trade and foreign investment analysis, and measuring educational and training program performance. (more)

Rebecca Spang

Money (history of, current politics); French Revolution; restaurant history.

IU Bloomington

Email: rlspang@indiana.edu

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Rebecca Spang is author of two prize-winning books, "The Invention of the Restaurant" and "Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution" (both published by Harvard). She regularly teaches about the history of money and, as director of the Liberal Arts and Management Program, also teaches Luxury: From Mortal Sin to Market Sector. She has written for the Financial Times, the TLS, Cabinet Magazine and World Policy Journal, as well as many academic venues. She is a former president of the Bloomington Faculty Council. (more)

Kindred Winecoff

International political economy, politics of economic crises, central banking, international finance, international trade and trade agreements, global interdependence.

IU Bloomington

Email: wkwineco@indiana.edu

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William Kindred Winecoff is an associate professor of political science at Indiana University Bloomington. His research considers the politics of the global economy, including economic crises, financial systems, central banking and world trade. (more)

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