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Roland Zullo  |  2016

Food Service Privatization in Michigan’s Prisons: Observations of Corrections Officers

Our research sought to better understand the structural and behavioral changes to prison operations that accompanied prison food service privatization. In late 2013, the Michigan Department of Corrections outsourced food provision for 32 correctional facilities. Focus group interviews of corrections officers stationed in the kitchen and chow hall area at the time of the transition provide insight into how privatization affected officer duties, inmate relations, security and custody, and the prison environment.

Bruce Pietrykowski  |  2015

Participatory Economic Research: Benefits and Challenges of Incorporating Participatory Research into Social Economics

Participatory action research (PAR) and community-based participatory research (CBPR) involve traditional subjects of research in the co-creation of research design, data collection, and analysis. PAR has been used in the fields of public health, education, and geography. A case study of a local economy CBPR project will be discussed. The increasing use of field and

George A. Fulton and Donald R. Grimes  |  2015

The Economic Outlook for Oakland County in 2015-2017, Final Report

Many times over the past thirty years when we prepared our reports on the county, the message has been that the Oakland economy is on a roll. We are delivering the same message this year. In the current recovery since 2009, Oakland County’s job growth at 12.8 percent has significantly outstripped the 6.0 percent rate recorded for the nation as well as the 8.0 percent rate posted for Michigan.

George A Fulton, Donald R. Grimes  |  2015

Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County in 2015 – 2017

As in many of the thirty years we have been preparing these reports on the county, the current situation for the Washtenaw economy is mostly sunny, although a few clouds drifted in last year. Since the county economy hit rock bottom in the summer of 2009, it has trended upward in the years from 2010

Eric M. Fink and Roland Zullo  |  2014

Federal Student Loan Servicing: Contract Problems and Public Solutions

One consequence of the 2007-2008 financial crisis was an abrupt shift from bank-based to direct federal student loans. This momentous change required the Department of Education to rapidly establish the capacity to service loans, which was achieved by outsourcing this responsibility to four large for-profit firms and a group of smaller regional entities. Loan servicing involves routine payment processing, account management and borrower communication, as well as the non-routine yet more labor intensive role of assisting borrowers that face hardship with debt repayment.

Roland Zullo  |  2014

Better to Own or to Regulate? The Case of Alcohol Distribution and Sales

Alcohol-related income generation is compared across monopoly and license off-premise alcohol regulatory models in U.S. states, 1977-2010. An optimum organizational-ownership mix is found when states directly own alcohol wholesale and employ a network of state-owned retailers serving urban regions and private agents serving less-populated regions.

Jinyun Liu, Lawrence S. Root, John P. Beck, and Roland Zullo  |  2014

Creating Worker-Management Committees to Promote Workers’ Voice in China

From 2002 to 2007, a bilateral project on labor in China was undertaken with support from the U. S. Department of Labor and in cooperation with China’s Ministry of Labor and Social Security (now the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security). One element was a demonstration project in the city of Qingdao that created worker-management committees in companies to discuss and resolve workplace issues.

Marian Krzyzowski  |  2014

The Jewish Presence on Detroit’s Chene Street

The Chene Street History Study began in 2002 when Marian Krzyzowski, director of the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy (IRLEE) at the University of Michigan, began collecting the stories, names, and histories of the families who lived in the working-class neighborhood anchored by the Chene-Ferry Municipal Market. Young Krzyzowski spent his

Lawrence Molnar  |  2013

Economic Impact Analysis of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

The Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy (IRLEE) at the University of Michigan is working in collaboration with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct an economic impact study based on the presence of the NMSAS in American Samoa. The NMSAS

Lawrence Molnar  |  2013

Cadillac Regional innovation Center Business Incubator Market and Feasibility Analysis

The “Cadillac Regional Innovation Center Market and Feasibility Analysis and Business and Operating Plan” study was developed and conducted by The Center for Business Acceleration and Incubation Studies (CBAIS) at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy (IRLEE) in collaboration with the City of Cadillac. The potential business incubator,