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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 3 • Issue 7 • September 2015

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As election year gears up, ISPS is the place to learn about politics and policy. First up: On October 7, the Center for the Study of American Politics is hosting an important seminar with noted communications expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson: "Communicating the Value and Values of Science.” Want more insights? Our faculty experts on elections and political behavior are publishing up a storm: Peter Aronow and Josh Kalla’s new study finds editorial bias in crowd-sourced political information; Eitan Hersh and co-author’s new study finds that campaigns are typically staffed by workers who are over-confident, leaving their perceptions of outcomes wildly inaccurate; and ISPS-funded research by Betsy Paluck, Don Green, Limor Peer, and others finds that pro-social TV messages only leave small and short-lived effects on viewers' behavior. Also, two blogs from last year’s Policy Fellows illuminate key issues of governance reform: Jennifer McTiernan calls for the reform of the federal tax treatment of charitable giving, and Aaron Goldzimer asks whether it would reduce political polarization to let political parties collect and distribute more campaign cash.


OCT 1 @ 12:00
Quant Methods Workshop

OCT 7 @ 12:00 CSAP
Mattias Polborn (U Illinois)

OCT 8 @ 12:00
Behavioral Science Wksp
Hunt Allcott (NYU)

OCT 14 @ 12:00 CSAP Jessica Trounstine (UC)

OCT 15 @ 12:15 ISPSHealth
Ashley Swanson (U Penn)

OCT 15 @ 12:00
Quant Methods Workshop

OCT 16-17 Yale Law
Inequality Conference


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Special CSAP Event on Oct. 7


The Center for the Study of American Politics at ISPS will host a special event, "Communicating the Value and Values of Science." Speaker Kathleen Hall Jamieson's (Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania) presentation will argue that as a way of knowing, science carefully defines key terms, faithfully accounts for evidence, acknowledges the limitations in data and methods, and champions a climate characterized by critique and self-correction. Communication that fails to honor these norms increases science’s vulnerability to critics and calls into question the scientific enterprise’s ability to protect itself from the effects of human bias.  After flagging instances in which scientific communication did and did not embody these norms, the lecture will outline ways that communicators can embody and express science’s values and value. Free and open to the public in Luce Hall auditorium, the event starts at 4:00 pm.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Jennifer McTiernan, a Graduate Policy Fellow, calls for the reform of the tax code for charitable giving in "Making the Charitable Sector More Charitable."
Deborah Beim and co-authors write on the Judicial dissents that are more likely to lead to en banc review in "Signaling and Counter-Signaling in the Judicial Heirarchy," originally published in the American Journal of Political Science and LSEUSApp.
Margaret Peters writes on the current refugee situation in "Want to Help the Refugees? Teach Migration as Part of IR," originally published in Ducks in Minerva.
Aaron Goldzimer, a Graduate Policy Fellow, writes on the discontent of American politics in "U.S. Political Dysfunction: Does it Help to Let Political Parties Collect More Cash?" 

Latest Publications by ISPS Faculty & Affiliates


Peter Aronow and Josh Kalla publish "Editorial Bias in Crowd-Sourced Political Information" in PLoS ONE.
Betsy Levy Paluck, Paul Lagunes, Don Green, Limor Peer and others publish an ISPS-funded study, "Does Product Placement Change Television Viewers' Social Behavior?" in PLoS ONE
Eitan Hersh and Ryan Enos publish "Campaign Perceptions of Electoral Closeness: Uncertainty, Fear and Over-Confidence" in British Journal of Political Science.
Vesla Weaver and co-authors publish "Critical Trialogue: The Carceral State" in a special edition of Perspectives in Politics.

Update on Yale's Day of Data


The third annual Yale Day of Data, “Innovation through Collaboration,” took place on September 18. ISPS co-sponsored the event, along with the Office of the Provost, the Institute for Network Science, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale ITS, and Yale University Library. President Salovey highlighted new data management solutions across the University, including the Research Data Consultation Group and the Yale Center for Research Computing. Robert Grossman (U Chicago) spoke about the challenges of big data and Chaitan Baru (NSF) surveyed NSF and inter-agency data science initiatives. Yale faculty from all disciplines discussed common themes relating to data-intensive research. All sessions were recorded and will be available for viewing here.    

Lectures, Media, and Mentions


David Mayhew delivered a three-part lecture series, "The Imprint of Congress," on September 22, 23, & 29. Mayhew, the Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science, covered everything from congressional history to nation building. A video of all three lectures will be available soon.
Jacob Hacker and Jeff Sonnenfeld (SOM) sat down with Donald Trump for an hour on Sept. 10. They gave this interview  (about the their impressions from that interview) for Yale Insights.
Jacob Hacker tackled the rise of economic inequality in the U.S. in a 30-minute interview on the radio program, Inside Charlottesville. 
Vesla Weaver and Jennifer Hochschild's research was cited in the Atlantic piece, "Can the Democratic Party Retain Its Hold on Black Voters?"

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