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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 1 • Issue 8 • Oct 2013

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It has been a celebratory time at ISPS. We congratulate Yale’s new president, Peter Salovey, a longtime affiliate of ISPS and proponent of using field experiments in the social sciences. We were also honored to host the winner of the Wilbur Cross Medal, Theodore Lowi, a Yale political science Ph.D. who revolutionized the study of public policy.  And we are hosting an array of events this semester (check out the highlighted ones on this page), which we hope you will attend—starting with our conference Nov. 1 and 2 on "The Progressives' Century."


Oct 30 @12:00 CSAP
Ryan Moore (Wash U)

Oct 31 @ 12:00
Quantitative Research
Ed Kaplan (SOM)

Nov. 1 & 2 Conference
Progressives' Century

Nov 5 @ 3:00 Book Launch
Betsy Bradley

Nov 6 @ 12:00 CSAP
Shanna Rose (NYU)

Nov 6 @ 12:00 ISPS Health
Robert Bazell (NBC News)

Nov 13 @ 12:00 CSAP
Ilyana Kuziemko (Columbia)

Nov 14 @ 6:00p Book Talk
Ted Marmor/ Jerry Mashaw


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ISPS Health at Yale


ISPS Health at Yale officially launched on Sept 27 and the program resides on the ground floor of 89 Trumbull. View the intro video about ISPS Health.
The program has also amassed an impressive group of affiliated faculty and scholars that reads like a Who's Who in American Health Policy.  Regular events will include a monthly health policy seminar series, high profile health policy events, and a forum for researchers from across the university to come together to discuss their ongoing research. See schedule of events here. In addition, there will be two book launches ISPS Health is co-sponsoring.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Vivek Ashok, ISPS Fellow,  writes on ways of improving financial literacy in "Interpretation and Experimentation as Advocacy at the CFPB."

Yousef AbuGharbieh, ISPS Fellow,  writes on public finance in "Time for the Feds to Take Financial Transparency Seriously."
Charles Decker, ISPS Fellow,  looks at prison labor wages and fairness in "Time to Reckon with Prison Labor."
Nick Downing, ISPS Fellow,  looks at hospital pricing transparency in "Can Knowing What You Pay Bring Medical Costs Down?"
And Allan Dafoe, Professor of Political Science, writes on "The Imperative to Share Complete Replication Files."

Upcoming Events: Two Book Launches


Nov. 5 @ 3:00. Book Launch of Betsy Bradley's The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less,   coauthored with Lauren Taylor. The authors pose the paradoxical question-- why does the U.S. spend more and get less health? Join the authors, Betsy Bradley (Director of the Global Health Initiatives at the School of Public Health) and Lauren Taylor, in an engaging conversation. CSPAN will be taping the launch. 

Nov. 14 @ 6:00pm. Join Ted Marmor and Jerry Mashaw, authors of Social Insurance: America's Neglected Heritage and Contested Future, as they discuss their new book on the history, politics, and philosophy of American social insurance programs.Event will be held in the Yale Law School Alumni Reading Room at 127 Wall Street. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

The Progressives' Century Conference 


The Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Yale Law School will be hosting a conference, "The Progressives' Century" on November 1 &2.  The event will bring together an eminent group of scholars who will revisit the assumptions of twentieth-century reform, evaluate their resilience (or exhaustion) in light of a century of practice, and consider alternative formulations that might plausibly advance the cause of democratic renewal. The conference will consist of 6 thematically integrated panels. It will give voice to a variety of political perspectives and disciplinary outlooks.  Registration is still open and required.

Ready to Launch Event Shed Light on the ACA


Kroon Hall Auditorium was filled to capacity on September 27, 2013 for the Ready to Launch: The Affordable Care Act and U.S. Health Policy.”  With a turnout of about 170 people, the event unpacked the contents of the ACA for the country in general, and for Connecticut in particular. View the top three winners of the infographic contest here. The event was featured on local news media.  View the event's photo gallery here, and the video here.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


On October 8, Jacob Hacker was on a PBS NewsHour panel hosted by Jeffrey Brown discussing Safety Net Programs and the effect of the government shutdown.

On October 2, Jacob Hacker was on MSNBC's Chris Hayes' show "All In" to discuss "Debunking a Republican Stunt."

On October 1, the day the Affordable Care Act rolled out, Zack Cooper explained the practical and the political of the ACA health exchanges on WNPR's "Where We Live."

Renewal, a UK journal of progressive politics, interviewed Jacob Hacker about "The Politics of Predistribution."

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