Mason in the News

Posted: July 11, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

Thursday, July 3, New York Times

The ’60s Begin to Fade as Liberal Professors Retire

“Baby boomers, hired in large numbers during a huge expansion in higher education that continued into the ’70s, are being replaced by younger professors. A new study of the social and political views of American professors by Neil Gross at the University of British Columbia and Solon Simmons at George Mason University found that the notion of a generational divide is more than a glancing impression. ‘Self-described liberals are most common within the ranks of those professors aged 50-64, who were teenagers or young adults in the 1960s,’ they wrote, making up just under 50 percent. At the same time, the youngest group, ages 26 to 35, contains the highest percentage of moderates, some 60 percent, and the lowest percentage of liberals, just under a third.”

Sunday, July 6, Boston Globe

Natural Disasters Can Give a Boost to the Countries Where They Occur

“If the Chinese government is to be believed, the earthquake last May did something else: it helped the country’s economy. A Chinese government research body announced that the massive rebuilding effort, and the billions of dollars it would pump into the Chinese economy, would far outweigh the economic losses from the quake. To critics of this line of thinking, the problem is that it is, at best, a partial picture. It ignores, they argue, the fact that the money and labor that go into post-disaster rebuilding are simply being redirected from other productive uses. ‘If you’re a carpenter, a trash remover, a physician, you may be made better off, but the things that those producers would have otherwise produced are not going to be produced,’ says Donald Boudreaux, an economics professor at George Mason University. ‘Over any reasonably relevant period of time, society is not made wealthier by destroying resources,’ he adds. If it were, ‘Beirut should be one of the wealthiest places in the world.’”

Sunday, July 6, Los Angeles Times

Yemen Blast Just One Sign of Nation’s Troubles

“Observers fear that Yemen is descending into chaos — a prediction made more dire by its proximity to a critical choke point through which one of every 25 barrels of the world’s daily oil output passes en route to the United States and Europe. ‘Yemen is located next to some very important real estate where there’s a lot of oil,’ said Mark Katz, a George Mason University political scientist who has studied Yemen for a quarter of a century. ‘Even if everything goes right in Iraq, even if we have rapprochement with Iran, Yemen is still a time bomb for the region.’”

Wednesday, July 9, USA Today

Study: Rebuilding in New Orleans Quickens Pace

“More homes are being rebuilt in the areas that were hardest hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita three years ago, a sign that the region continues to make strides, a new study shows. A survey of 2,435 homes in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes showed 62 percent of homes had either been rebuilt or are in the process of being renovated, according to the University of New Orleans study. Last year, 35 percent of the homes in those areas had significant reconstruction. The study is important because it points out where people are rebuilding across the two parishes, an important piece to the rebuilding puzzle, said Dan Rothschild, who is leading a long-term study of New Orleans’ recovery through George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.”

Thursday, July 10, Washington Post

A Hispanic Population in Decline

“One year ago, Prince William supervisors launched their crackdown on illegal immigration. Hispanic immigrants are leaving Prince William. Whether their departure has improved the county’s quality of life or pushed its strained economy further downward is the new topic of contention driven largely by views of whether the presence of immigrants was a good thing in the first place. Would homeowners have been foreclosed upon anyway, for economic reasons having nothing to do with the county’s illegal immigration policies? That, too, is disputed. ‘You can’t attribute all of what might be negative about the economy in Prince William County to the crackdown,’ said economist Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. ‘But it certainly hasn’t helped. Neighborhoods that have been weakened because of migration of the Hispanic community out of the county have economic consequences that show up as decreases in retail spending, rental income and potential decreases in the valuation of some housing.’”

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