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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 1 • Issue 7 • Sept 2013

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We kick off our academic year with a new initiative on health policy led by ISPS affiliate Zack Cooper. ISPS Health at Yale will bring together faculty from the law school, economics, and public health to promote policy-relevant interdisciplinary research on health policy. Its inaugural event will be a half-day conference on the launch of the Affordable Care Act in Connecticut featuring Senator Chris Murphy and various experts on the Act and what it means for Connecticut residents.


Sept 20 All Day Workshop
Yale Day of Data

Sept 25 @ 12:00 CSAP
Traci Burch (Northwestern

Sept 26 @ 12:00
Quantitative Research

Sept 27 @ 10:00
Ready to Launch: the ACA

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Jamie Luguri on the Zimmerman Trial

Alison Kanovsky on Penal Economics

Michael Sierra-Arevalo on
Stop & Frisk Policy

Limor Peer on the Role of Data Repositories

Ready to Launch: The ACA Event


On the first of October,  the Affordable Care Act rolls out one of its major provisions:  Americans can sign up coverage through health exchanges. Yet surveys show that most of the public remains confused about the ACA. In response to this, ISPS along with Senator Chris Murphy, is hosting "Ready to Launch" on Sept 27 starting at 10:00am. This half-day event will help explain and explore how the new law impacts U.S. citizens and businesses in general, and Connecticut in particular. Senator Chris Murphy will moderate a panel; Yale faculty will unpack the policy contents; and business leaders will explain insurance mandates, taxes, and coverage. This event also launches our brand new initiative, ISPS Health at Yale, to be led by health economist, Zack Cooper. This new interdisciplinary program will bring together faculty and students from across the university to become the hub for rigorous health policy analysis.

Infographic Contest


In addition to the Ready to Launch event on September 27, ISPS is hosting an Infographic Contest for all full-time Yale students: undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. This is a chance for students to create an easy to understand message that will help clear up misinformation and inform the general public about what the ACA is and how it applies to citizens. Deadline is Monday at noon on September 23. Winners announced on September 26 and presented prizes at the event.  See rules and FAQs here.

Our New Resident Faculty Fellows


ISPS welcomes three new resident faculty this year, all of whom focus on American Politics.

Assistant Professor Deborah Beim studies U.S. court hierarchy and received her PhD from Princeton in June. Read a post on her current work here. 

Newly hired Peter Aronow returns to Yale from a one-year hiatus at Columbia. Peter studies quantitative methods and political economy. While pursuing his graduate degree here at Yale, he worked with former ISPS Director, Don Green, on many projects. 

And John Henderson (PhD Berkeley) also hired as a junior faculty, focuses on polarization and policy making.

Jacob Hacker on Economic Insecurity


Jacob Hacker appeared on NBC Dateline on August 30 in a special, "American Now: On the Edge" which featured the  financial struggles of one family in California as they tried to keep their home. Hacker discussed the impact of the Great Recession on the average American family.

Jacob also appears in a documentary about Occupy Wall Street. "99%" is a newly released film that “outlines the issues that gave birth to a movement.”  Read the review from the New York Times here.

Publications, Media and Mentions

Jacob Hacker and Nate Loewentheil wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun on austerity in depressed economies.

Alan Gerber, Greg Huber and co-authors published a paper on Ballot Secrecy and Turnout in the American Journal of Political Science.

Jacob Hacker, Greg Huber, Stuart Craig and co-authors published on the Economic Security Index in the Review of Income and Wealth.

Ellie Powell published "Congressmen in Exile" in Journal of Politics.

Jacob Hacker was interviewed by the New Statesman on the origins of term he coined, "Predistribution."

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