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EconoFact: Fighting Fake News with Real Data

How do we really know what's "fake news" and what isn't? In an effort to distinguish fact from fiction, Michael Klein, professor of international economic affairs at The Fletcher School, and Edward Schumacher-Matos, director of the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World, created "EconoFact."

EconoFact is a non-partisan, digital, weekly memo that shares economic analysis and data from over 80 academic economists on economic and social policies. Armed with extensive policy experience working in government and institutional organizations, this team of economists delivers analysis on complex economic and social issues in everyday language to give journalists, policymakers, thought leaders and other academics objective commentary on some of the most important and debated issues facing the world today.

Topics covered by EconoFact memos include international trade, immigration policy, the federal budget deficit, jobs and employment, crime and criminal justice, economic and monetary policy, and education policy.

Eduardo Porter, economics reporter for The New York Times, is an EconoFact partner, and regularly hosts webinars with various EconoFact network members on topics ranging from a possible looming recession, to universal base income, to immigration, bringing contributors' commentary and insights to life for the audience of journalists, policymakers and other industry thought leaders tuning in.

From Vox and PRI's the World to The Boston Herald and The Fiscal Times, EconoFact has been cited in several third-party news outlets as a reliable source for hard data and analysis.

Read a full archive of all past memos at EconoFact's website.