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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 3 • Issue 5 • May 2015

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Summer is a comparatively quiet time at ISPS, but that doesn't mean the wheels of social science research and policy analysis stop turning. Resident faculty fellow Ana De La O has just published what promises to be the definitive account of the politics of conditional cash transfer programs in Latin America. Simone Seiver, an undergraduate Director’s Fellow and new intern at The Marshall Project, has  written two thoughtful pieces on the criminal justice system. Meanwhile, graduate policy fellow Rory Van Loo continues his pathbreaking work on the ways in which companies take advantage of individuals' behavioral biases -- this time showing how these strategies increase experienced inequality by disproportionately burdening lower-income consumers. And to ensure the wheels of ingenuity keep spinning rapidly, we have just welcomed a remarkable class of twelve new graduate policy fellows. Check out their impressive backgrounds and interests -- and check back soon for their own contributions to the ISPS express.


Public conferences and workshops are on summer break. Check back with our events page for important updates.


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New Inequality Center Website


The Inequality Center at ISPS officially launched on February 6, 2015 and has since co-hosted three other events. Their new website is now up and you can read all about the new center's mission, plans and faculty affiliates. Watch an introductory video here, and watch the launch event, Equality=Reimagined, in its entirety here.

Meet Our New Graduate Policy Fellows


We are pleased to announce our new cohort of Graduate Policy Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. This year ISPS selected 12 highly successful fellows who will spend the next year working on policy research-related projects. Over the course of the program, ISPS Fellows attend seminars and bi-weekly meetings; receive training in skills such as op-ed and policy memo writing, media appearances and blogging; and present their research and receive feedback from ISPS-affiliated faculty and other graduate fellows. Policy Fellows must be currently enrolled in Yale graduate or professional schools. See more on program here.

Ana De La O's New Book on Poverty Relief


Ana De La O's recently published book, "Crafting Policies to End Poverty in Latin America: The Quiet Transformation," (Cambridge University Press) examines the politics of poverty relief programs in Latin America, specifically looking at the most widely used anti-poverty programs, conditional cash transfers. Ana L. De La O is Assistant Professor of Political Science and a Resident Faculty Fellow at ISPS. She is also affiliated with the MacMillan Center. Her research interests include causes and consequences of redistribution, politics of public goods provision, effects  of anti-poverty programs on the political behavior of recipients in developing  countries and the use of field experimental research methods.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Simone Seiver, an ISPS Director's Fellow interning at The Marshall Project, responds to NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton statement that millennials don't understand 'Broken Windows,' and in a second post, "Life After Nebraska's Death Penalty," Seiver looks at how people on death row fared in six other states post-repeal. Both posts were originally published
in The Marshall Project.
Rory Van Loo looks at possible federal policies that could help low-income consumers save in "Retail Consumer Protection as Household Stimulus."

Data Archive Update


ISPS, with Innovations for Poverty Action and in collaboration with Colectica, will be unveiling new data curation software designed specifically for reviewing and enhancing research
data. The software is based on the curation process currently used for data and code in the ISPS Data Archive and is
designed to improve the research materials and enable users to derive greater and long-term value from the data. Limor Peer will be presenting the new software at IASSIST 2015 in June. In addition, replication files for two more studies were added to the Archive, which currently holds files for more than 75 studies.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Jacob Hacker talks with Sam Seder on the Majority Report about why Republicans never pay for their extremism.
Dan Butler's research goes viral in the video 8 Reasons Why Racism is Real, based on an ISPS funded 2011 paper in AJPS "Do Politicians Racially Discriminate against Constituents?"
Susan Hyde publishes ""Experiments in International Relations: Lab, Survey, and Field," in Annual Review of Political Science.
David Rand and colleagues' study on promoting cooperation is published in Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences.
Eitan Hersh's research on campaign workers is the basis for an article written in Pacific-Standard, "When Campaign Volunteers Do More Harm than Good."
Amanda Kowalski's work on children raised on Medicaid cited by Jason Furman at the Council of Economic Advisors.
Jacob Hacker writes on Predistribution and the Labour Party's economic philosophy prior to the UK election in the New Statesman.
Xi Chen published a new study on the deprivation of happiness when your friends have more money and what the role of public policy can play.

Fond Farewells


Several ISPS faculty and staff are moving on to their next stage of scholarly life.
John Bullock leaves for University of Texas at Austin as assistant professor in the Department of Government.
Adam Dynes leaves for Brigham Young University as assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.
Stuart Craig will begin a PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Management.
Sam Moy will begin a PhD program at Harvard in Health Policy (Economics). Sam also received a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.
And Laurie Hurshman will be moving with her husband to California and will be pursuing a masters in elementary education.
We wish them all success and happiness, and hope they visit us often!

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