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Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Professor of Economics, University of Michigan

Professor Smith earned her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Wyoming and both graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) at Virginia Tech. She joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1988.

Professor Smith’s research focuses on the relationships between health and socioeconomic status. For example, she published a book on whether participation in the food stamps program causes obesity among low income Americans. She has also examined whether asthma leads to lower wealth accumulation or if wealth protects against asthma. A recent publication shows that income and wealth are not major predictors of fast-food consumption among adults, but hours worked and regularly reading ingredient labels are.

Do poor Americans drink more soda than the rich?

Jul 21, 2020 14:29 pm UTC| Health

Many countries such as the U.K. and Mexico and a handful of U.S. cities such as Philadelphia and San Francisco have imposed soda taxes in an effort to fight rising obesity. Lots of research shows a link between drinking...

You can probably eat more Christmas cookies than you think - just take a look at the calorie guidelines

Dec 19, 2018 15:21 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

Its that time of year when cookies, cakes, candy and treats show up at work, home and every place in between. As researchers who have investigated obesity, peoples body image, and fast food and other nutritional topics...

Cutting EPA budget puts babies at risk – and makes little economic sense

Apr 26, 2017 08:17 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

President Donald Trump recently ordered an air strike on Syria, fueled in part by moral outrage at images of babies being injured and killed by airborne toxins. American babies are under threat as well. In this case,...

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Economy

Doosan clinches 780 billion won Saudi desalination plant project

Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co. (DHICC) has clinched a 780 billion-won deal to build the Yanbu-4 seawater desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The deal was inked by DHICC with a consortium of French energy...

S. Korea appeals WTO's ruling on its 15.39% anti-dumping tariffs on Japanese steel

South Korea appealed the World Trade Organizations (WTO) ruling that it partially violated rules in slapping anti-dumping 15.39 percent tariffs on Japanese stainless steel bars since July 2004 The appeal was made nearly...

BlackBerry unaware why stock price surged 17.7%

BlackBerry Ltd. said it was unaware of any material, undisclosed corporate developments that caused a 17.7 percent surge in its share price at $16.53 on Monday, even after it settled a patent royalties dispute with...

Hyundai Mipo wins 80.2 billion won chemicals carrier deal from Europe

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. has won an 80.2 billion won order to build two petrochemical carriers for a European company to be delivered by March next year. The mid-sized shipyard is one of three shipbuilders, including...

EU consumes more electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuel for first time in 2020

Europeans got 38 percent of their electricity from renewable sources last year, surpassing fossil fuels, which accounted for 37 percent, for the first time. According to an annual report from Ember and Agora...

Politics

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner reportedly want 'clean break' after serving in Trump administration

White House adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner are looking to Florida as their next stop after their time in Washington DC. The couple is reportedly looking to take a break after serving in the Trump...

Joe Biden reaffirms US-UK ties in phone call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

One of the things Joe Biden has sought to do as president was to restore the US ties with its allies, among them being the United Kingdom. Biden recently spoke to the UKs Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the two leaders...

Donald Trump revelation: Ex-POTUS reportedly planned to fire acting AG in bid to overturn election

Donald Trump may no longer be able to claim voter fraud or a stolen election now but recent reports revealed how desperate the former president was to overturn results. Reports have emerged that Trump was planning to fire...

Donald Trump election loss: Mar-a-Lago members reportedly quit in an effort to distance from ex-POTUS

Donald Trump has reverted back to being a private citizen as of last week, yet he still faces legal battles on the way. However, that may not be all he is currently facing as his own Mar-a-Lago resort is also experiencing...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

‘Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla’ secret weapon in Northumbria is linked to the Isu

Many players have likely completed the Assassins Creed: Valhalla campaign by now, but it appears that many in-game items are yet to be discovered. Players are recently flocking to Northumbria, where a powerful Isu bow was...

‘Dying Light 2’ Collector’s Edition leak suggests bundle comes with UV flashlight, secret location map

The update that fans of Techlands survival horror title have been looking for may have recently emerged in the form of an information leak. A Collectors Edition of Dying Light 2 was reportedly listed on a retailers website...

‘Among Us’ Nintendo Switch edition reportedly sold 3.2 million copies in December 2020

It should no longer come as a surprise that the first console launch of Among Us turned out to be a massive success. The multiplayer games Nintendo Switch edition has reportedly sold millions just weeks after it was...

‘Diablo 2’ remake’s development now involves Vicarious Visions, report says

A reliable gaming industry insider reported that the highly requested Diablo 2 remake is in the making. Activisions recent reorganization is also said to be directly related to the ongoing project making Vicarious Visions...

Xbox Live Gold no longer required for free-to-play multiplayer ‘in the coming months’

Microsoft has officially canceled its previously announced Xbox Live Gold price hike. To make peace with disgruntled gamers, the company also announced a massive change in its policy regarding free-to-play multiplayer...
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