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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 3 • Issue 1 • January 2015

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We are happy to announce our second class of Director's Fellows. These ten amazing Yale college students bring enthusiasm, intellect, and commendable public spirit to our Domestic Policy Program. Coming up on our crowded calendar are two events: Governor Malloy's announcement on criminal justice in the state of Connecticut, and a day-long conference on "Equality Re-Imagined" with special keynote speaker Lani Guinier. Check out health economist Amanda Kowalski's paper that shows how Medicaid for children goes beyond just health benefits. And last but not least, our graduate students have been blogging away. Read Michael Sierra-Arevalo's latest two posts on police and urban communities; Corina Mommaerts on long-term care financing; and Rosa Po on reforming procedural safeguards.


Feb. 4 @12:00 CSAP
Nicholas Carnes (Duke)

Feb. 5 @12:15 ISPSHealth
Kate Ho (Columbia)

Feb. 6 @12:00 I-CSI
Lani Guinier (Harvard)

Feb. 11 @ 12:00 CSAP
Chris Warshaw (MIT)

Fed. 18 @ 12:00 CSAP
Adam Meirowitz (Princeton)

Feb. 25 @ 12:00 CSAP
Christopher Dawes (NYU)


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Meet the New Director's Fellows


ISPS welcomes the new Director's Fellows of 2015. Ten Yale College students were chosen out of a competitive pool of applicants to be in the second cohort of fellows. The fellowship is designed to bring together undergraduates interested in honing their skills in public policy research and outreach. The one year fellowship provides its fellows a chance to meet with well-known policy experts, mentor with ISPS faculty and grad students, and sharpen their research, writing and presentation skills. The training consists of seminars and bi-weekly meetings for the students in the spring semester; a summer internship in government or at a NGO; and a related, academic research project to be completed in the fall semester. A stipend is also provided for research. For more information, click here.

Gov. Molloy's Announcement on Criminal Justice


On Tuesday, February 3 Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy will be at Yale Law School to make an announcement about criminal justice reform, along with Yale Law Professor Tracy Meares. Legislators, local officials, police chiefs, senior Connecticut criminal justice officials, clergy, business leaders, and community advocates will join the Governor for this announcement. ISPS is co-hosting this event along with Yale Law School, Office of the Dean, ACS, and Yale Law Democrats. Event starts at 12:00, room 127 at Yale Law School.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Michael Sierra-Arevalo writes two posts on the subject of modern policing. One examines the common ground between the police and communities of color in "Fear to Heal."
The second looks at crimes and misdemeanors during the NYPD slowdown and what it reveals about “broken window” policing in "The Breakdown of Broken Windows."
Corina Mommaerts writes about integrating the family in long-term care financing and suggests methods of payment in "Funding Long-Term Care: Cash Benefits for Informal Care."
Rosa Po calls for a bipartisan proposal to reform procedural safeguards that shape and define public policies in "Taking Politics Out of Federal Safeguards."

Lani Guinier Keynote Speaker Feb. 6 at Woolsey Hall


Lani Guinier will be the keynote speaker as part of a day-long event on Inequality hosted by ISPS. Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School whose latest book is The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America. Her public lecture and lunch will be held in the Presidents Room at Woolsey Hall on Feb 6, starting at noon. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and Vesla Weaver, Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, will host a a day-long conference on February 6, "Equality Re-Imagined," that will look at the civil rights issues of our time and the prospects for reform. The conference is at capacity, though there is a waiting list. For the keynote address at noon, seating is limited and registration is required.

Kowalski on the Benefits of Medicaid for Children


Yale health economist Amanda Kowalski's new NBER paper finds that children who receive Medicaid benefits are less likely to die prematurely in adulthood and more likely to go to college. The study, “Medicaid as an Investment in Children: What is the Longā€Term Impact on Tax Receipts?” also shows that when these children grow up they make a higher income and contribute more to the tax system. Read the NBER working paper. New York Times Upshot covered the story, and Sarah Kliff covered the story for VOX.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Alan S. Gerber, Gregory A. Huber, Marc Meredith, Daniel R. Biggers and David J. Hendry publish "Can Incarcerated Felons Be (Re)integrated into the Political System? Results from a Field Experiment," in the American Journal of Political Science.
Alberto Chong, Ana L. De La O, Dean Karlan, and Leonard Wantchekon publish "Does Corruption Information Inspire the Fight or Quash the Hope? A Field Experiment in Mexico on Voter Turnout, Choice, and Party Identification" in the Journal of Politics.
Velsa Weaver's book Arresting Citizenship: The Democratic Consequences of American Crime Control is reviewed in the Prison Policy Initiative.
Jared Milfred, ISPS Director's Fellow 2014 and chair of the Democracy Fund, New Haven’s public campaign financing program, is featured in the Yale Daily News on the Fund's proposal to extend its services to races for the Board of Alders.
Jacob Hacker is quoted in Money magazine on the standards of measuring wealth.
Tracey Meares joins the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
Rachel Silbermann's research about how family responsibilities keep women out of politics is discussed on the Monkey Cage.

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