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Vol 5
Issue 3  
March 2017


Washington stalled on health care — here’s my take on the failure of the Republican health plan — but ISPS just keeps humming along. We have two great new papers: the first by the head of the ISPS Center for the Study of Inequality, Vesla Weaver (writing with Joe Soss), on the consequences of “predatory government” for America’s racially and economically subjugated communities; the second by the head of our Center for the Study of American Politics, Alan Gerber, and ISPS’s own Alex Coppock (writing with Don Green and Holger Kern) on how to deal with missing data in randomized experiments. Meanwhile, Pedro Regalado explains why enterprise zones in Hispanic neighborhoods are not the best way to combat poverty. Last but not least: Mark April 8 on your calendars for our upcoming “data rescue” event.



April 4 @ 12:00 “Reconsidering Risk Aversion” with Daniel J. Benjamin (Cornell).
Hosted by Behavioral Sciences Workshop

April 6 @ 12:00 "Does Cross-Cutting Discussion Reduce Support for Sectarian Politics?" with Laura Paler (U Pittsburgh). Hosted by Quantitative Research Methods Workshop

April 13 @ 2:00 "What Mass Incarceration Means for American Children" with Christopher Wildeman (Cornell). Hosted by The Policy Lab

April 26 @ 12:00  “Judicial Diversity and Sentencing: the Circuit Court of Cook County” with Allison Harris (Princeton). Hosted by Center for Study of American Politics


Pedro Regalado, an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, discusses why the free-market business-friendly approach to Latina/os empowerment rings false. In "Latina/o Entrepreneurship Is Not The Solution To Poverty," he writes, "History shows that the growth of the Latina/o business class has had limited impact on the broader Latina/o community’s socioeconomic status nationwide." Pedro is a PhD student in American Studies at Yale and is an urban historian interested in structural inequality. 


The work continues: Help efforts to locate federal government data and
to find ways to archive what web crawlers cannot grab. The second event
at Yale is modeled on the national DataRefuge movement organized by EDGI and Penn's Program in the Environmental Humanities and on DataRescue events at institutions around the United States. It will take place April 8, 1-5pm at CSSSI. The event is open to the community and programming skills are not required. To register online, go to datarescuenhvapr8.eventbrite.com


There's the liberal-democratic “first face” of the state and then there's the "second face." Vesla Weaver (with Joe Soss) publish "Police Are Our Government: Politics, Political Science, and the Policing of Race–Class Subjugated Communities" in Annual Review of Political Science.
Confronting missing outcome data in randomized experiments. Alex Coppock, Alan Gerber (with Don Green and Holger Kern) publish "Combining Double Sampling and Bounds to Address Nonignorable Missing Outcomes in Randomized Experiments" in Political Analysis.


Tax Cuts and the Failure of the Republican Health Plan. Jacob Hacker (and Paul Pierson) write "How Republicans’ Obsession with Tax Cuts for the Rich Drove Their Health Care Plan over a Cliff." Vox
The Police as Seen by the Policed.
Vesla Weaver's interview on "Inequality and the Criminal Justice System." St. Louis Public Radio Related Paper: Annual Review Political Science
Unintended Consequences of the Hearts-and-Minds Programs. A Q & A with Jason Lyall on "Predicting Taliban Attacks." Yale News Related Paper: Journal of Peace Research
Do the Math on the GOP's Replacement. Jacob Hacker is interviewed in "House Republicans Release Obamacare's Replacement." KQED
How to Mine the Data. Eitan Hersh is interviewed by Sean Illing in "A Political Scientist Explains How Big Data Is Transforming Politics." Vox


“[The federal government] can play a role... But it's not necessarily just by ramping up prosecutions.” Andrew Papachristos in "Sessions' Tough-on-Crime Tactics Have a History of Failure." Newsweek
"When it comes to health care, it's one thing to make the system better. It's a whole other to remake it entirely." Jacob Hacker in "The Lessons of Obamacare." Vox
“The basic ideas of statistics and data science are becoming almost a core competency for citizenship in this century.” Alan Gerber in "Introducing DS2 — the Future of Data Science at Yale." Yale News