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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 2 • Issue 4 • April 2014

Jacob HackerFrom Jacob Hacker

I am happy and grateful to report that I have been re-appointed to a second three-year term as Director of ISPS. I have learned many lessons over the last three years. The most important is that it is ISPS’s brilliant staff that makes this little hotbed of interdisciplinary social science such a great place to do research, shape policy, and educate the next generation of leaders. Good organizations are good because of the decentralized energies of those within them. So I am particularly pleased to announce that we have a new class of Graduate Policy Fellows gearing up to do exciting policy research under ISPS's auspices. They will begin their fellowship in earnest next academic year. In the meantime, another energetic young thinker, Professor Dan Butler, is running the first conference of which I am aware that will discuss field experiments on political elites. The last three years feel like a great experiment to me—and I hope a successful one. I am thankful to all those who have helped me carry it out.


May 2 @ 12:00
Health Economics Day

May 8 & 9
Behavioral Lab Conference

May 22 @ 4:15
Technology & Ethics
Robin Hanson
George Mason

June 2 & 3
CSAP Summer Conference
Invitation Only


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Welcome New Policy Fellows


The Institution for Social and Policy Studies is pleased to announce the third cohort of Policy Fellows. Thirteen Yale graduate and professional students have been selected for the 2014–15 academic year. The program was started in 2012 in an effort to reach out across the university to scholars interested in policy related research on domestic issues. Over the course of the year-long program the Fellows attend seminars, often with policy makers, receive media training, and present their research and receive feedback from ISPS affiliated faculty and other graduate fellows. The program culminates with a research project. More program information here.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Guest writer, Michele Hudson, reports on a the Yale Day of Data conference and Jason Lyall's talk on the challenges of data-related research.
Rachel Silbermann writes on Alaska's work-life balance for women legislators and government staffers.
Jamie Luguri looks at social psychology research on abstract thinking and political polarization.
Tony Cheng reports on the "Crime Beat 3.0" conference that looked at digital reporting as a community empowerment tool.
Gabe Scheffler writes on the political costs of overly complex policy design.

CSAP Event on Elite Behavior: May 8 & 9


The Center for the Study of American Politics at ISPS will be hosting a two-day conference, "Experimental Studies of Elite Behavior" on May 8 & 9.  The conference will bring together a group of scholars to focus on how experiments can effectively be used to study the behavior of political elites. The researchers will present existing studies that will help highlight the opportunities and obstacles of experimentation with elite samples. Registration is open and required.

ISPS Data Archive Update


As part of the plan to build a repository for research data from randomized controlled trials in the social sciences, ISPS and its partner, Innovations for Poverty Action, are working to develop software which will prepare research data for publication and archival. Testing starts this summer.
The project was presented in April at the annual meeting of the North America Data Documentation Initiative in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


David Mayhew publishes "Patterns in American Elections," a chapter in the Oxford Handbook.
Jacob Hacker writes in Policy Network on "The Free Market Fantasy."
Alan Gerber, Gregory Huber, Daniel Biggers and David Hendry publish "Ballot Secrecy Concerns and Voter Mobilization" in American Politics Research.
Kelly Rader and co-authors publish "Dyadic Analysis in International Relations" in Political Analysis.
Zack Cooper on why Fortune 50 companies are getting into healthcare on NPR's Marketplace.
Jacob Hacker on AP News discusses the middle class slippage.
And Greg Huber has won the Yale's Graduate Mentor Award in the Social Sciences for 2014, the University's principal award for superb teaching, advising and mentoring of graduate students.

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