U.S. Economic Crisis

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Bankruptcy Law, Corporate Law
Professor David Skeel of the University of Pennsylvania Law School researches, writes and teaches about bankruptcy and corporate law. His publications include “Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America” and “Icarus in the Boardroom: The Fundamental Flaws in Corporate America and Where They Came From.”
Media contact: Jeanne Leong at 215-573-8151 or jleong@upenn.edu

Housing Crunch: Leading to an Increase in Homelessness?
Dr. Dennis Culhane, professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, studies homelessness, homeless families and ways to end chronic homelessness, as well as housing policies. His research has been instrumental in a national shift in how society addresses homelessness.
Media contact: Jill DiSanto-Haines at 215-898-4820 or jdisanto@upenn.edu

Low-Income Families in Economic Crises

Dr. Roberta Iversen, author of “Jobs Aren’t Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families,” which offers new ways to increase the economic mobility of low-income families, is an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. She studies what low-income working parents need from public schools, public policy, job-training organizations and businesses in order to earn enough to support their families through work.
Media contact: Jill DiSanto-Haines at 215-898-4820 or jdisanto@upenn.edu

The Presidential Race and the U.S. Economy
Dr. Donald Kettl, professor of political science at Penn, is founder of TheNextGovernment.com, a Fels Institute of Government project to identify, research and analyze candidates' management proposals during the 2008 presidential campaign. Dr. Kettl is the author of several books on the Federal Reserve and on budgetary policy and has served as a White House advisor during both Republican and Democratic administrations. He is author of the forthcoming book "The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them."
Media contact: Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or jposey@upenn.edu

Sub-prime Mortgage Meltdown; Stressed Housing Market

Dr. Susan Wachter is professor of real estate and finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent article, “The Inevitability of Market-Wide Underpriced Risk,” appeared in Real Estate Economics. Her research includes real estate economics, urban economics and housing finance. Her current focus is on modeling default and delinquency, tenure choice and homeownership affordability, real estate price index methodologies and modeling neighborhood change.
Media contact: Phyllis Stevenson at 215-898-8036 or phsteven@wharton.upenn.edu

Economy's Impact on International Trade/Emerging Nations

Dr. Mauro Guillen, professor of international management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is an expert in multinational and comparative management and in the sociology of organizations. He is currently researching emerging multinational firms and globalization.
Media contact: Phyllis Stevenson at 215-898-8036 or phsteven@wharton.upenn.edu

Influence of the Fed; Why Stocks Are Still a Good Choice
Dr. Jeremy Siegel, professor of finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of “Stocks for the Long Run,” which has been called one of the 10 best investment books of all time. His research areas include macroeconomics, financial markets, long-run asset returns and demographics.
Media contact: Phyllis Stevenson at 215-898-8036 or phsteven@wharton.upenn.edu

Regulation, currency and the economy's fragile state
Dr. Franklin Allen, professor of finance and economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is an expert in corporate financing, asset pricing and the economics of information. His current research projects include financial crises and the comparison of the financial systems of different countries.
Media contact: Phyllis Stevenson at 215-898-8036 or phsteven@wharton.upenn.edu