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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 2 • Issue 3 • March 2014

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ISPS is blooming with young talent this spring, with two of our graduate students tackling the issue of whether money buys political access. Josh Kalla’s new experiment (conducted with former Yale student David Broockman) suggests that campaign donations do indeed buy access in Congress. And Lara Chausow's research finds that the 2007 lobbying reform law doesn’t go far enough in reducing access because lobbyists, with their political expertise, find ways around it. Last week, Susan Hyde had the honor of explaining the possibilities and perils of "democracy promotion" at the prestigious Company of Scholars lecture. Coming up on April 7th, we’re co-sponsoring a panel discussion on violent crime, moderated by Sociologist Andrew Papachristos; and also on that date, Zack Cooper will be on a panel of experts that will look at the issue of physician compensation. 


April 3 @12:15 ISPS Health
Robert Huckman, Harvard

April  @ 12:00
Quantitative Methods
Francesca Molinari,Cornell

April 7 @ 5:30 ISPS
Crime Beat 3.0

April 9 @ 12:00 CSAP
M. Prasad, Northwestern

April 23 @12:00 CSAP
Jeffrey Segal, Stony Brook

April 24 @ 12:00
Quantitative Methods
T. Richardson, U. Wash


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Special Event: Crime Beat 3.0


On April 7 at 5:30, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and Poynter Fellowship will jointly host a panel presentation, "Crime Beat 3.0" that will explore the use of digital reporting as a community empowerment tool on violent crime. Journalist Laura Amico will be the special guest. Ms. Amico was the inaugural Neiman-Berkman fellow in journalism at Harvard and is founder and editor of the DC-focused Homicide Watch, a platform for data-driven coverage of violent crime that assists newsrooms with strategies for covering crime and criminal justice. Amico will be joined in the panel discussion by Dean Esserman, the New Haven Chief of Police; Zack Beatty, director of Marketing for SeeClickFix; and Mark Abraham, director of Data Haven in New Haven. The discussion will be moderated by Andrew Papachristos, Professor of Sociology at Yale.
See here for more information.

Special Event: How Should Doctors Be Paid?


On April 7 at 5:45, the Yale Health Care Forum will host a panel discussion, "How Should Doctors Be Paid? The Future of Physician Compensation and the Role of Government." The event will have experts present four different views that will serve to illustrate the various considerations of current and future payment reform. Zack Cooper, director of ISPS Health, will represent the position that public policy must drive payment innovation in healthcare. The other experts on the panel will be John Graham, Neil Minkoff, and Robert Nordgren.
Dr. Howard Forman (Professor of Health Economics and Management at SOM and SPH) will moderate the panel. RSVP is required.

In the Company of Scholars: Susan Hyde


In March 25, Professor of Political Science and ISPS Faculty Fellow Susan Hyde gave a lecture on, "Does Democracy Promotion Promote Democracy?" The lecture was part of the In the Company of Scholars series. Hyde studies international influences on domestic politics, particularly in the developing world. As an expert on international election observation, election fraud, and democracy promotion, she has served as an international election observer with organizations in Afghanistan, Albania, Indonesia, Liberia, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Venezuela. The event was live streamed and can be viewed here.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Lara Chausow looks at the failure of 2007 lobbying reform bill in "It's Not Just Who You know."
Michelle Grisé writes on state's reform in "Can State-Level Legislative Reform Ensure Due Process Protection for Debtors?"
Limor Peer
, back from a conference on Digital Curation, writes about data re-use in "Mind the Gap."
Martin Hackmann
proposes policy reform in "Can Directed Research Bridge Opposing Views on Expanding Medicaid?"

Publications, Media and Mentions


Jacob Hacker as a guest on WNPR's "Where We Live," joined in a discussion on the proposed MyRA plan and the state of Connecticut's proposed retirement savings plan.
Josh Kalla's new research gives credence to the notion that money does buy access to Congress in his working paper, "Congressional Officials Grant Access Due to Campaign Contributions." The paper, co-authored with David Broockman, got widely noticed in the national media: the Washington Post, Wonkblog, Huffington Post, CSPAN, Monkey Cage, Bill Moyers & Co., Time and others covered the research experiment.
Dan Butler and Ellie Powell published "Understanding the Party Brand: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Valence," in Journal of Politics
Ebonya Washington and co-author, Elizabeth Cascio, published "Valuing the Vote: The Redistribution of Voting Rights and State Funds following the Voting Rights Act of 1965," in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
Peter Aronow et al. published "Field Experimental Designs for the Study of Media Effects," in Political Communication.
Jacob Hacker reviewed Thomas Piketty's new book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," for the American Prospect.
Jared Milfred, a new ISPS Director's Fellow, was interviewed in the Yale Daily News about his life before Yale – as a nuclear reactor operator. 

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