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NEWS BRIEF: Week of March 13, 2017

Catch up on current events with these news highlights from last week.


How China Built ‘iPhone City’ With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partner Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, a city in China, produces upwards of 500,000 iPhones per day, earning its local nickname “iPhone City.” The local government’s incentive package provides benefits in construction, energy, finances, workers, and logistics to Apple’s manufacturing partner, and demonstrates how far China will go to attract overseas multinationals to manufacture in the country.


2 of a Farmer’s 3 Children Overdosed. What of the Third — and the Land? The opioid epidemic continues to ravage agricultural regions of America and poses a new threat to economic revitalization. While unemployment rates have dropped to 4.1 percent in Clermont County near Cincinnati, drug overdoses have tripled since 1999, altering the culture of communities once dominated by agriculture and farming.


If You Want to Be Happy at Work, Have a Life Outside of It User-generated data from the Happify app reveals that job satisfaction “is influenced by factors such as benefits, pay, relationships, and commute length.” These factors are ranked differently across age groups, and although “overall job satisfaction [follows] a U-shaped curve,” having a life outside work and having the means to enjoy that life results in happiness and satisfaction across all individuals.


Five Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA House Republicans revealed the replacement bill to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Some conservative Republicans criticize the new American Health Care Act (ACHA) as being too similar to the ACA, but major changes will affect how enrollees “choose and pay for health care and insurance.”


Nudging people to make good choices can backfire Historically, policy makers and choice architects employ “nudging” to illicit behavior changes in what they assume to be beneficial for the public. However, new research suggests that nudging, in fact, has drawbacks and can produce unintended consequences.

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