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Do you mind if I plug in my car? The etiquette of going electric

As children, we learn to wait in line, take our turn and share. As adults, we usually try to live by these basic rules. For today’s plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) drivers, however, the rules and norms for mundane chores such …
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Higher wages for farm workers would cost you next to nothing

It’s been argued that American farms need cheap imported labor to keep food prices low. But in an online debate at the New York Times, UC Davis agricultural economist Philip Martin makes the case that increasing farmworkers’ wages by 40 …
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Higher ed cuts will hurt farming, too

Following a visit to the editorial board of the Bakersfield Californian by UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi and Neal Van Alfen, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Californian’s editorial page editor Robert Price points out that …
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The New Delta is coming, like it or not: leadership needed

A new Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta is coming, one way or another, write UC Davis water experts Jay Lund, Peter Moyle, Jeff Mount and  Richard Howitt, with Ellen Hanak from the Public Policy Institute of California in an opinion article in …
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Health care reform debate rages on

Contributed by Clifton Parker For the next month, Congress will undertake the daunting feat of trying to solve the nation’s health care woes. Given the complexity, real change, if any, is likely to be more incremental than substantive, say UC …
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The Great H1 Visa Debate

Are visas for foreign technology workers vital to America’s economy, or a way of undermining the salaries of US-born engineers? Five immigration experts, including UC Davis computer science professor Norman Matloff, have been debating the issue on the New York …
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Low-wage jobs in a bad economy

UC Davis ag economist Phillip Martin contributes to a NY Times editorial group blog on how low-wage workers — many of them immigrants — are being affected by the economy. (Surprise! No-one’s getting a bonus.) Martin predicts that immigrants who …
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SMACK! Scholars debate pros, cons of stimulus package

(Dateline editor Clifton Parker contributed this report on Wednesday’s debate. It is also available on the Dateline web site, and will be in print next Friday). Will the economic stimulus package work as expected? Two top economics scholars with different …
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Who Won the Stimulus Smackdown?

Brad DeLong from UC Berkeley has posted his notes from last night’s economics debate (also with some comments on his blog). I haven’t seen anything up from his distinguished opponent, Michele Boldrin of Washington University in St. Louis but I’ll …
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Stimulus Smackdown is March 4

Economists J. Bradford DeLong of UC Berkeley and Michele Boldrin of Washington University, St. Louis will square off this Thursday, March 4 in a free public forum, “Stimulus Smackdown — Can Deficit Spending Save the Economy?” Grappling will commence at …
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