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UMKC-FBI Student Academy Classes

FBI AcademyUMKC students are learning about the FBI through a unique program called the UMKC Student Academy.

Students of all majors can attend the non-credit professional development academy at no charge. It consists of eight seminars led by FBI personnel. Students are encouraged to participate in as many sessions as possible and may pick and choose which sessions to attend. Those who attend six or more sessions will receive a certificate of participation from the FBI. Continue reading

Dynamic Duos: Lyne and Webb

Dynamic Duos

Reaching for Lofty Goals

Meet Mona Lyne and Parker Webb

Mona Lyne, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, joined the UMKC faculty in 2008 and has received multiple awards for her writing. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association and the Midwestern Political Science Association. Continue reading

4th Floor Cherry Hall (CJC and Philosophy)

photo by: University CommunicationsFourth Floor Cherry Hall Now Open For Business

Honors College, Criminal Justice, Philosophy Host Grand Opening of New Space

UMKC faculty, staff and students filed into Cherry Hall Nov. 2 and headed toward the fourth floor, not sure what to expect.

Upon arrival, they found a beautifully renovated, wide-open new space that had been vacant for nearly seven years. The top floor of the former dormitory, constructed in 1955, is now home to the Honors College, the Department of Philosophy and the department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Continue reading

Zippia ranks CAS’s Economics Department as #1

cas_newsZippia ranks CAS’s Economics Department as #1 in their “These are the 10 best Colleges for Economics Majors in Missouri” article.

You know there are a ton of great reasons to major in economics — the job prospects, the intellectual challenge, and the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.

But what program in Missouri offers the most to would be economics majors?

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Who Has the Candidate’s Ear?

What does a presidential candidate’s choice of advisers tell us about the candidate?

A deep bench of experienced advisers is essential for any president — to provide policy guidance, a sounding board, intellectual ballast and, eventually, help in translating ideas into action. But the people selected say much about the candidates themselves — their intellectual rigor, their willingness to entertain fresh views, the value they place on experience.

Hillary Clinton’s roster is a who’s who of the astute and ambitious accumulated by both Clintons in four decades in Democratic politics. It includes Alan Blinder, former Fed vice chairman, and John Podesta, campaign chairman and a top adviser in the Clinton and Obama administrations. Continue reading

Radical economic ideas grab attention…

An advocate for radical Modern Monetary Theory is an adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Photo: Bloomberg

Our economic guardians at Federal Treasury and the Reserve Bank sound increasingly uneasy about some policy choices being made offshore.

Since the global financial crisis, quantitative easing has pumped trillions of dollars into major economies with limited success. More recently central banks in Europe and Japan have opted for negative interest rates in a bid to kick-start growth.

On Tuesday the Treasury Secretary, John Fraser, pointed out that we’ve now been in an “experimental stage” with monetary policy for more than seven years…

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Denmark doesn’t treat its prisoners like prisoners…

Prisoners prepare their own meals, wear their own clothes and leave each day. It’s led to lower recidivism.

The most interesting thing about Scandinavian prisons? Many are barely prisons at all.

Our research team spent six weeks conducting intensive research in Danish prisons. We were struck by the sight of prisoners wearing their own clothes, cooking their own meals and having private family visits as often as once a week. At these “open” prisons, there are no barbed wire fences, solid walls with gun towers or secure perimeters.

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UMKC professor among handful of economist to predict Eurozone fiscal downturn

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s not something Dr. Randall Wray wanted to be right about.

“When you have your own currency, you have sovereign power,” said Wray, a professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

But when it came to predicting Europe’s financial downturn, the economics professor was spot on. Continue reading

The New Yorker’s “The Case Against Cash Bail”

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It’s obvious that jail isn’t good for the jailed. It may be particularly bad for people accused of minor crimes, who are confined not because they are likely to be dangerous but because, under our cash-bail system, they can’t afford to get out. Think of the appalling case of Kalief Browder, the Bronx teenager who was profiled by my colleague Jennifer Gonnerman, in 2014. He was charged with stealing a backpack and spent three years at Rikers Island awaiting trial. Two years after the trial was dismissed and he was released, Browder killed himself.

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Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did

Professor’s Forstater, Kelton and Wray are among the Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did.

Although the problems in Greece didn’t begin making big headlines until 2009, a number of economists, politicians and professors spotted cracks in the European currency union as early as the 1990s. Meanwhile, it’s interesting to note that the country had a tough time making it into the single currency in the first place. Continue reading