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Vol 4  
 Issue 10 | December 2016


The big news for the new year is that ISPS is formally launching an exciting new experiment—a student-focused university-community partnership that we are calling THE YALE POLICY LAB. Situated in our newly renovated historic building at 77 Prospect Street and directed by star sociologist Andrew Papachristos, THE YALE POLICY LAB will focus on understanding and addressing some of the toughest policy challenges facing New Haven, as well as the state and national levels. In doing so, it will offer Yale College students stimulating opportunities for data-driven policy investigation, specialized skill development, and engagement with policymaking that no other part of Yale offers. While waiting for the lab's late-January launch, take a look at the great work our fellows and faculty are already doing, from Gina Roussos’s psychological take on Trump’s victory, to Steve Skowronek’s revisiting of his famous theory of presidents in light of that victory, to the continuing attention to Zack Cooper and Fiona Scott Morton’s blockbuster study of “surprise” emergency room bills. Happy Holidays! 



January 18 @ 12:00 CSAP Seminar with Vivekinan Ashok (Yale)

January 19 @ 12:00  Quantitative Research Methods Workshop, Jennifer Hill (NYU)

January 25 @ 12:00 CSAP Seminar with Kyle Peyton (Yale)


ISPS is pleased to announce The Yale Policy Lab will officially launch with an event on January 23. Located in the former ISPS business offices of 77 Prospect, we have remodeled the first floor to restore it to its former glory, yet with all the technological needs conducive to research. The Lab's goal is to provide Yale students a physical space to conduct data-intensive policy-related investigations, develop specialized technical skills, and engage with policymakers. Andrew Papachristos, Professor of Sociology, is the Director of The Policy Lab, and Katie McCabe is the acting post-graduate associate. Please join us on January 23 at 5:00 when we officially open our doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Yale President Peter Salovey and ISPS Director Jacob Hacker.


Gina Roussos, a Graduate Policy Fellow, looks at the 2016 presidential election through the lens of social psychology in "Donald Trump’s Psychological Manipulation of the American People."
Limor Peer reports in on the latest Day of Data at Yale where ISPS hosted a conversation with Brian Nosek, a leader in the open science movement, Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Open Science, and director of the Reproducibility Project.


What "Political Time" Can Tell Us about the 2016 Election and Beyond. A conversation with Stephen Skowronek on the cycles of presidential elections. The Nation
Predictions, Suggestions on the Next Four Years. Four ISPS faculty weigh in on Trump and his incoming administration. Yale Alumni Magazine
Riding the Rails to Talk about America's Infrastructure. Jacob Hacker's interview on the forgotten history
of the role government investment played in this country’s infrastructure. PBS
Senator Bill Nelson Alarmed by "Surprise" Medical Bills. Citing Zack Cooper and Fiona Scott Morton's research on ER billing, a senator asks FTC to investigate. The Upshot  Related Paper: NEJM
People Who Commit Gun Crimes Are Likely to Have Been Shot Before. An article by Julia Dahl cites research by Andrew Papachristos and Michael Sierra-Arévalo. The Trace  Related Papers: Cogent Social Sciences and American Sociological Review
Americans Are No Longer the Tallest People in the World. Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson write
 "What Americans’ Declining Height Has to Say about the Economy." PBS Newshour Making Sen$e


"[These doctors] aren’t chosen, can’t be avoided, and aren’t subject to the same competitive pressures that other physicians face.” Zack Cooper in "Regulators Urged to End Surprise Medical Bills." Consumer Reports Related Paper: New England Journal of Medicine
“Nate Silver was the most responsible in trying to gauge the uncertainty.” Eitan Hersh in "After 2016, Can We Ever Trust the Polls Again?" New Republic
"Many prominent AI experts have recognized the possibility that AI presents an existential risk." Allan Dafoe and Stuart Russell in "Artificial Intelligence: Robots Could Threaten the Future of Humanity, Experts Warn." Nature World News
“Carson is a smart guy, so there’s a chance he’ll do fine at HUD...Just like there’s a chance that I’d do fine if I started practicing neurosurgery on live patients.” Eitan Hersh in "Ben Carson ’73 Appointed to Lead Department of Housing and Urban Development." Yale Daily News