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Pacific in the Press - Oct. 19, 2015

Oct 19, 2015

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Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:


New York Times
A Culture of Nagging Helps California Save Water
Oct. 12, 2015
People use the drought to press their own agendas, said Jeffrey Michael, an economist who studies water issues at the University of the Pacific. In Dr. Michael's own household, outside Sacramento, the water cop duties are divided. He handles the lawn, while his wife oversees the showers. But Dr. Michael said the different roles betrayed a subtext in water policing: For instance, he likes cutting back on watering partly because he hates lawn care. And he thinks his wife is tough on shower time because she would really like family members to be more efficient in all things. "She wants people to get ready faster," he said, adding, "You can use the drought to sort of hasten or further our alternative goals."
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The Conversation
China's slowdown is a sign of middle-class gains, not a reason for panic
Oct. 15, 2015
In this essay, Peter Hilsenrath, the Joseph M. Long Chair in Healthcare Management and professor of economics, shares observations from his recent half-year sabbatical in China, in which he focused on the country's management of its health care industry as a prism for larger economic trends.
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Capital Public Radio Insight
Brubeck Festival
Oct. 15, 2015
Simon Rowe talks about the Brubeck Festival and Dave Brubeck's legacy on Capital Public Radio's Insight program.
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The Sacramento Bee
Bloomberg Business
Oct. 14, 2015
Valley, Butte fires among costliest ever at $2 billion in damages
"It's a huge loss in wealth," said Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research. "There's a lot of uncertainty, even though a significant amount of it is insured." Bloomberg Business online picked up the story.
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Sacramento Business Journal
Cost of living helps sell Sacramento
Oct. 16, 2015
A Business Journal study of wage data finds that the lower cost of living in Sacramento has a significant effect on real earnings. While Sacramento ranks No. 18 in average salary among the nation's 106 largest metro areas, it moves up to No. 16 when taking into account the buying power of those salaries. When it comes to location and earning potential, "It depends on what you value," said Jeff Michael, director for the Center for Business and Policy Research.
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The Record
Rain can't dampen spirited parade
Oct. 17, 2015
Momentary rainfall didn't dampen spirits Saturday afternoon as thousands gathered along the Miracle Mile to watch University of the Pacific's annual Homecoming Parade.
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The Modesto Bee
Stanislaus County homebuilding could pick up in 2016
Oct. 16, 2015
The outlook was discussed at a summit in Modesto, put on by the Building Industry Association of the Greater Valley and its partners. "So many people in this room have lived this," economist Jeffrey Michael said. "I'm glad to see you're still living, because it's obviously been a harrowing experience."
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The Record
North Valley: Building a regional identity
Oct. 13, 2015
Economics and demographics provide a strong argument to identify San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties as a separate North San Joaquin Valley region, part of a larger Northern California "megaregion" that includes the San Francisco Bay and greater Sacramento areas. Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, said the three counties are only loosely tied to valley areas farther south, such as Fresno and Bakersfield. "That's not where the future is," he said.
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Tracy Press
Demand for distribution
Oct. 9, 2015
Distribution jobs, according to Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, have seen unprecedented growth in recent history. "When you have new innovators in an industry, like an Amazon that's using new technology, this is where they want to be, because of transportation advantages, cost of land, workforce," Michael said.
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