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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 4 • Issue 4 • April 2016

Jacob HackerFrom Jacob Hacker

It’s fellowship time at ISPS. Vesla Weaver, head of ISPS’s Center for the Study of Inequality, has received a prestigious Carnegie Award for her proposal “The Faces of American Democracy.” ISPS’s economics phenom Dean Karlan has received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Meanwhile, two of our law school stars, Eric Chung and Aisha Saad, received the George Soros New American Fellowship. We’re still waiting for our first Oscar. In the meantime, my new book with Paul Pierson has attracted some (mostly friendly) attention, Greg Huber and Alan Gerber take another look at all the get-out-the-vote research that ISPS has pioneered, and Andy Papachristos and Michael Sierra-Arevalo report that an alternative approach to law enforcement—Project Longevity—has significantly reduced violent crime in New Haven.


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Weaver Named Carnegie Fellow


Vesla Weaver, ISPS Resident Faculty Fellow and founding director of the Center for the Study of Inequality at Yale, has received an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship for research in social science. Weaver’s proposal for the Carnegie fellowship,“The Faces of American Democracy,” will examine how poor citizens experience government activity in their communities. Her recent book with Amy Lerman, "Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control," received the Dennis Judd Best Award from APSA Urban Politics Section. Read Yale News story.

Gerber and Huber on GOTV Research


Alan Gerber and Greg Huber's article in Stanford Social Innovation Review, "Getting Out the Vote Is Tougher Than You Think," looks at prior GOTV research. "Since the revival of field experimental study of campaign effects, there have been hundreds of studies measuring the effect of GOTV tactics on turnout," the authors say. "Recent randomized field trials provide evidence that most get out the vote mobilization efforts have very modest effects on voter turnout, less than previously thought." The authors emphasize the central role of research design in measuring the impact of interventions.

Papachristos and Sierra-Arevalo on City's Violence

Andrew Papachristos and Michael Arevalo-Sierra led a pilot project in New Haven that aimed to reduce group member involvement in shootings and homicides. Their study recently published in the journal Crime and Delinquency found that Project Longevity — an initiative made up of community members and law enforcement, using a combination of social services and focused policing to preempt violence — saw a reduction of nearly five shootings a month in New Haven.

All About American Amnesia


Jacob Hacker's new book American Amnesia, co-authored with Paul Pierson, continues to rack up media attention.
The New York Times Book Review says the book "provides chapter and verse on why the public has good reason to be angry" and selected it for Editor's Choice on April 15.
NPR's Morning Edition airs a panel discussion with Hacker, "Is Government the Problem or the Solution?"
The Minnesota Post writes on Hacker's book forum in "Things Are Getting Better, Slowly, Because of Government."
Minnesota Public Radio hosts a segment on the forum, "Building an Economy for All."
In American Prospect, the authors write that government holds the key to American prosperity in "Don't Dismantle Government—Fix It."
In a New York Times op-ed they write, "Will the G.O.P. Reform after Trump? Not Likely."
In a Los Angeles Times op-ed they write, "Don't Get Mad at the IRS on Tax Day, Pray for It to Get More Powerful." 
Two podcasts produced by SSN's No Jargon allow Hacker and Pierson to discuss the forgotten history of American prosperity.
And Mike Cummings at Yale News interviews Hacker in "Critiquing the War on Government." Find more media coverage here.

Yale Day of Data Spring Series


The Institution for Social and Policy Studies is a co-sponsor of the 2016 Yale Day of Data Spring Discussion Series and has held three events on the premises. On April 21, ISPS Faculty Resident Fellow Eitan Hersh spoke about his research using public records to study political participation, and the benefits and challenges of using such data as opposed to relying on survey data. The series ends May 5 with a talk by Prof Cloninger (Math) on collaborative efforts developed at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation to solve problems involving complex healthcare data. More info here.

Publications, Media, Awards, and Mentions


Congratulations to Eric Chung and Aisha Saad for receiving the 2016 Soros Fellowships for New Americans; and also to Dean Karlan for receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Zack Cooper's Health Care Pricing Project was featured in an episode of NPR's All Things Considered, "That Surgery Might Cost You A Lot Less In Another Town." Cooper is also featured in Cleveland's Toledo Blade after speaking to the national convention of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
Vesla Weaver co-authors an op-ed in the New York Times, "Did Blacks Really Endorse the 1994 Crime Bill?"
Allan Defoe co-authors a paper in World Politics about Southern honor and war presidents.
Eitan Hersh's work cited many times in an Economist article, "Politics by the Numbers."
Jerome Schafer's research finds that delayed gratification predicts voter turnout in "Time Discounting in Political Behavior: Delayed Gratification Predicts Turnout and Donations," available at SSRN.
Costas Panagopoulos, ISPS visiting professor, weighs in on Wisconsin primary on Fox5 NY.
And Maggie Peters in an interview by Zack Beauchamp at Vox has an unusual take on the Panama Papers in "Some Shell Corporations Aren't So Bad."

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