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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 4 • Issue2 • February 2016

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For the fourth year, we are excited to announce that the Graduate Policy Fellows applications are open March 3.  If you want to see what some of our graduate fellows are writing about, read Eric Chung’s and Kelly Goodman’s pieces on American education policy. Also in a piece for Mischiefs of Faction, Deborah Beim applies game theory to how Supreme Court Justice Scalia influenced the Court’s liberals. Heading into election season, nothing could be more topical than Costas Panagopoulos’s new book that takes on the system and empowering American voters to better our democracy.


MAR 2 @ 12:00 CSAP
Ryan Owens (U Wisconsin)

MAR 4 @12:00 I-CSI
F. David Rueda (Oxford)

MAR 9 @ 12:00 CSAP
David Siegel (Duke)

MAR 10 @ 12:00
Quantitative Methods
Gary King (Harvard)

MAR 10 @12:15 ISPS Health
Dan Polsky (U Penn)

MAR 30 @12:00 CSAP
Costas Panagopoulos (Fordham)


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Applications Open for Fellows


ISPS is pleased to announce that applications for the Policy Fellows Program for graduate and professional students in the 2016-2017 academic year will open March 3. The program provides a small stipend as well as funding to support ongoing research across a wide range of disciplines; gives promising graduate and professional students a chance to interact with other students with similar interests from across the University; and provides training in policy relevant skills such as memo and op-ed writing, media appearances, and blogging. Applications will be available online from March 3 through March 28. Please check back with our website.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Deborah Beim explains why Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was good for the liberal justices in "Game Theory Shows How Justice Scalia Improved Liberal Legal Thinking," originally published in Vox's Mischiefs of Faction. 
Eric Chung, an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, explains the complexity of education policy that has refused a binary of state or federal-only control in "Locating Rights to Education for Ensuring Every Student Succeeds."
Kelly Goodman, an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, looks at the evidence of Promise Neighborhoods and 'whatever it takes' models of education policy in "Schools Alone: Poverty and Policy in the City."

Costa Panagopoulos's New Book on U.S. Elections


Nothing could be more topical than Costas Panagopoulos's recently published book, A Citizen's Guide to U.S. Elections: Empowering Democracy in America (Routledge). Written with Aaron Weinschenk, the book first asks whether American democracy is broken and then makes the case that citizens are empowered to fix what’s wrong with electoral politics all within the institutional setup and framework of the existing system. Panagopoulos is currently a visiting professor at Yale from Fordham, and a former post-doctoral fellow of ISPS. At Fordham, he is the Director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in Elections and Campaign Management. He is also editor of American Politics Research.

Yale Day of Data Series Begins on March 3


For the third year, ISPS is co-sponsoring the Yale Day of Data 2016 spring series together with Yale Center for Research Computing and the Yale Library. The series provide an opportunity to hear from four Yale researchers about the data they use in their work, and how they manage, store, collaborate, and share these data. Speakers come from all corners of Yale showcasing its diversity: ecology and evolutionary biology (March 3 - Giuseppe Amatulli); the Lens Media Lab (April 7 – Paul Messier); our own Eitan Hersh will be speaking about the challenges of using public records to study political participation (April 21); and applied mathematics (May 5 - Alexander Cloninger). Most events will be held at ISPS. For more details, click here.

Update on Health Care Pricing Project


Zack Cooper's Health Care Pricing Project continues to garner attention: At USC's Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, Cooper participates on a panel with Martin Gaynor and Dan Gorenstein on the health care spending data.
In NPR's Marketplace, he warns "it's ugly under the hood," on the trove of private insurance data (with Dan Gorenstein).
For SOM's Yale Insights, Cooper explains the complex reasons health care is so expensive. And speaking to Connecticut’s Health Care Cabinet, Cooper tells us why we need transparency, savvy patients, and more competition to control the high costs of health care.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Eitan Hersh is quoted in a Guardian story about how Facebook tracks and profits from voters. And on a NPR show about Ted Cruz's technique of microtargeting voters, Hersh comments,
"Persuadability is finicky."
The Aronow & Miller study about the public's support for background checks on gun purchasing is cited in an article written by Kate Masters in The Trace.
Costa Panagopoulos's research provides insight on behavioral science at work in the 2016 presidential race, in an op-ed written by Todd Rogers and Adan Aceved in The New York Times.
Malte Lierl's paper, "What Motivates Village Leaders to Refrain from Misappropriating Public Resources?" is available on SSRN. 
Watch John Roemer on his research concerning political economy and distributive justice, in a video produced by the MacMillan Report.
Data now available for the ISPS-funded research by David Brookman and Daniel Butler's, "The Causal Effects of Elite Position-Taking on Voter Attitudes: Field Experiments with Elite Communication."
And data also available for Ruth K. Ditlmann and Paul Lagunes's paper, "The (Identification) Cards You Are Dealt: Biased Treatment of Anglos and Latinos Using Municipal-Issued versus Unofficial ID Cards."
And Josh Feinzig, an inaugural member of the Director's Fellows 2014 class, wins the Gates Cambridge scholarship.

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