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Vol 4
Issue 8
 | October 2016


It’s election season, and our experts are sizzling. Start with Eitan Hersh’s two blockbuster studies: one on how partisanship affects doctors’ treatment decisions (more than you might think); the second on how partisanship affects mixed-party marriages (more than you might think). Meanwhile, Alan Gerber discusses his pioneering research on GOTV, Andy Papachristos takes on the uber-topical issue of police violence in black communities, Alex Coppock analyzes rather than opines about whether there’s a “silent majority” for Trump, and I do some analyzing and opining about government’s role in producing prosperity and about the need for a public insurance option in health care. Finally, we are opening the application process for Director’s Fellows on November 10. So sophomores and juniors with policy interests, let's “Get-Out-the-Applications”! 


CSAP Seminars
November 2 @ noon: Jerome Schafer (Yale)
November 16 @ noon: John Henderson (Yale)
November 30 @ noon: Joe Soss (University of Minnesota)

The Policy Lab
November 1 @ 3:00: A Conversation with Thomas Abt (Harvard)

ISPS Health Center Seminar
November 3 @ noon:  A Conversation with Jonathan Rende from Castlight Health

ISPS Experiments Workshop
November 10 @ noon: Adam Zelizer (Columbia)


Applications for the ISPS undergraduate Director's Fellows program in Domestic Policy will open November 10. The fellowship is open to Yale sophomores and juniors and runs the calendar year: January - December 2017. The program aims to build a community of students who seek to bridge the gap between academic work, career interests, and their passion for government, policy, and politics. The fellowship places an emphasis on developing the skills and tools needed to translate research findings into policy proposals, including blogging, op-ed and policy memo writing. Summer internship is required. Check back to this page on November 10 to apply.


Eitan Hersh's new paper, “Democratic and Republican Physicians Provide Different Care on Politicized Health Issues,” co-authored with Matthew Goldenberg of Yale School of Medicine, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has generated much media attention. The study looks at the connection between physicians’ political beliefs and the way they provide medical treatment. The authors find that political bias matters mostly in three areas: pot use, abortion, and gun safety laws.
See full coverage of media here.


Andy Papachristos' new paper, “Police Violence and Citizen Crime Reporting in the Black Community," co-authored with Matthew Desmond and David Kirk, has been published in American Sociological Review. 
The study analyzes how one of Milwaukee’s most publicized cases of police violence against an unarmed black man, the beating of Frank Jude, affected police-related 911 calls. See all the follow up media in Vox, New York Times, Upshot, The Atlantic, and Christian Science Monitor.  


Accumulation of an unbiased, public knowledge base is threatened when reporting is selective. Alan Gerber and Donald Green publish "Voter Mobilization, Experimentation, and Translational Social Science"
in Perspectives on Politics.
America's  Welfare Parastate. Jacob Hacker reviews Christopher Faricy's book, "Welfare for the Wealthy: Parties, Social Spending and Inequality in the U.S." in Perspectives on Politics.
Red State, Blue State and Vaccination Rates. Steve Bernstein et al. publish "State-Level Voting Patterns and Adolescent Vaccination Coverage in the United States, 2014" in American Journal of Public Health.


What's at stake in this election? A Q&A with Jacob Hacker on "Is Government the Key to Prosperity?"
Yale Insights
A Medicare-like plan as a benchmark and a back up. Jacob Hacker's op-ed, "The Best Way to Save Obamacare." The New York Times
Are Trump voters the Silent Majority? Alex Coppock writes "Shy Trump Voters? This New Evidence Says No." Monkey Cage
How effective are Get-out-the-Vote drives?  Alan Gerber looks at the current GOTV research in ""Why Get-Out-the-Vote Drives Rarely Work." New York Time's Room for Debate
Strong policy, strong politics. Jacob Hacker writes "How Clinton Can Put Health-Care Reform Back on Track." The American Prospect
She's Blue, he's Red: the politically mixed marriage.  Eitan Hersh is interviewed for the segment "A House Divided: Marriage Across Party Lines." Time TV  Related:  Working Paper
Polarization and 40 years of tearing down the government make economic growth difficult. Jacob Hacker weighs in on "Which Party Is Better for the Economy?" WalletHub


Shoring Up the Exchanges: Insurer Withdrawals, the Public Option and the Path Forward. Jacob Hacker and co-panelists Judith Solomon, Tim Jost, and Len Nichols, with Abbe Gluck moderating at the Solomon Center at Yale Law School. See video.
Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills. Zack Cooper is a panelist at the Brookings discussion on surprise billing. See video.
Economic Insecurity, American Values and the Politics of Resentment in the 2016 Election.  Jacob Hacker is a panelist at a discussion at the Aspen Institute. See video.


"The GOP could well turn into a “zombie party for the next few years,” united only by the mantra “eat brains, eat Hillary brains.” Jacob Hacker in "Democrats Should Stop Dancing on the GOP’s Grave." Washington Post 
"Trump’s campaign is under invested in both [get-out-the-vote efforts and big data]." Alan Gerber in "Donald Trump Has Run the Worst Campaign in Modern History."  Washington Post
"A person who votes in one election is about 10 percent more likely to vote in the next than an eligible voter who opted to stay home." Alex Coppock in "Negative Tone of White House Race Sours Young Voters." Reuters  Related Paper: American Journal of Political Science
“It’s not totally ridiculous to imagine that, in some places, in some elections, lawn signs actually make a difference.” Alex Coppock in "Do Lawn Signs Make a Difference in Political Campaigns." Inside Sources Related: Working Paper
"If Republicans fail to shore up their ground game in the crucial swing states, they risk giving Clinton an advantage of as much as 3 percentage points in them."
Eitan Hersh in "Clinton Uses Fundraising Advantage to Unleash High-Tech Voter Tools." Atlantic Journal Constitution
"Repeated contact with the criminal justice system reduces the likelihood of voting." Vesla Weaver and co-author Amy Lerman work cited in "What Would Happen in Felons Could Vote in the U.S." Quartz