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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 1 • Issue 9 • November 2013

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Integral to ISPS’s three-part mission—advancing research, shaping policy, and developing leaders—is the engaged participation of undergraduate and graduate students. Two years ago, we rolled out our Graduate Policy Fellows program. This month we are happy to announce a new program that builds on this successful precedent: the Director's Fellowship of ISPS’s Domestic Policy Group. A select number of Yale College students interested in political leadership and policy research will gain training and experience that bridges the gap between theory and practice in American domestic policymaking. Please spread the word and encourage sophomores and juniors to apply by the deadline of Dec. 2. Visit our website for more information.


Nov. 20 @ 12:00 ISPS Health
Michael Chernow (Harvard)

Nov. 20 @ 12:00 CSAP
Paul Light (NYU)

Nov. 21 @  12:00
Quantitative Research
Eric Tchetgen (Harvard)

Dec. 4 @ 12:00 CSAP
Claire Kim (UC Irvine)

Dec. 5 @ 12:00
Quantitative Research
Michael Hudgens (UNC)

Dec. 6 All Day Event
Health Economics Day


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New Director's Fellowship Program 


ISPS's new undergraduate program is now accepting applications from Yale College students for its "Director's Fellowship, Domestic Policy Group."  Prospective fellows apply during the fall of their sophomore or junior year, and successful fellowship recipients will graduate from the program during the fall semester of the following year.
Fellows are given the opportunity to work to develop skills such as op-ed and policy writing, media and blogging.  The fellowship places an emphasis on developing the skills and tools needed to translate their research findings into policy recommendations, including blogging, op-ed and policy memo writing. Applications for the Spring/Fall 2014 semester can be found online here. Deadline is December 2 at 9:00pm.  

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Gabe Scheffler writes on reforming and de-regulating occupational licensing in "Is the U.S. "Over-Licensed?"
Rachel Silbermann proposes financial support for "Encouraging More Female Candidancies by Subsidizing Childcare."
David Louk suggests Congress use defaults more often in "Could Federal Sequestration Point the Way Toward Ending Government Shutdown?"
Craig Holloway writes on education reform in "Parental Participation in Public Inner-City Schools."
Michael Sierra-Arevalo looks at the problems with hired policing in "Crowdfunding for Private Security in Oakland Ignores a Few Key Facts."
And Michelle Grise writes on ways to protect consumers in debt collection in "When Due Process Fails."

ISPS Data: Out and About


The ISPS Data Archive is listed in various databases for open access to research data, and was recently included in the following: International Data Curation Center;
Databib (a tool for helping people identify and locate online repositories of research data); Political Communication Journal;
University Guides: Princeton University Library Guide; Harvard IQSS; Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers;  U. of Oregon Library; Washington State U Library; Oxford University bibliography on field experiment data sources; U of Birmingham (UK) Behavior Informatics project.
s are also taking note of this resource, and we are happy to see our data and code files used in teaching.
Data and code for Gerber et al., 2012, "Personality and the Strength and Direction of Partisan Identification," were recently added to the Archive. Link here.

ESI Report: Household Resources Stabilized in 2012


On November 19, the Economic Security Index (ESI) released an updated measure of household financial security across the country. The updated ESI reflects the last year of data (2012) and the report finds that insecurity has dropped nationally by 1.1 percentage points from 2011 (18.9 percent) to 2012 (17.8 percent), though it is still high by historical standards. Eleven states saw a significant drop in economic insecurity last year. The report also finds that although declining insecurity is broadly shared across the country, long-term unemployment and poverty remain entrenched and historical disparities in risk exposure persist. While stabilizing household income is the primary driver of the ESI, declining household debt also contributed to the decrease in insecurity.
Read full report here.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Papachristos and Wildeman on social contagion and gun violence in American Journal of Public Health.
Rene Almeling, and co-author Shana Gadarian, survey findings on Americans’ views on genetic testing in Genetics in Medicine.
Elllie Powell and co-author, Justin Grimmer, on what happens when members of Congress involuntarily leave their legislative-appointed committees in the Journal of Politics.
Conor Dowling and Amber Wichowsky on political advertising and financial disclosure in American Politics Research.
Peter Aronow and co-author Allison Carnegie on a reweighting method for estimating the average treatment effect in Political Analysis.
Nikhar Gaikwad on the relationship between presidential elections and stock market valuations in Quarterly Journal of Political Science.
ISPS Policy Fellow, David Louk, writes an op-ed in the LA Times on avoiding another government shutdown.

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