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Rigorous Research, Policy Impact

As IPR's Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach says she has learned that not all data are created equal, better research equals better evidence, and rigorous evidence leads to good policymaking.

Faculty Spotlight: Sylvia Perry

December 16, 2019
Sylvia Perry
Psychologist Sylvia Perry, an IPR associate, researches how attitudes and bias form and influence behavior.

Assessing Bankruptcy Reform

December 16, 2019
2005 Bankruptcy Act
Matthew Notowidigdo, an IPR economist, compared bankruptcy filings in the two years before and after the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act to find out whether it had its intended effect.

New IPR Faculty Research

December 16, 2019
New IPR Research
New studies by IPR faculty examine how communication between parents and children impacts educational apps, how "Big Five" personality traits affect spending, and the role networks play in police misconduct, among others.

Child Health As Human Capital

December 12, 2019
Janet Currie
Princeton University's Janet Currie explains how public health insurance improves lives in IPR's Fall Distinguished Public Policy Lecture.

Research Excellence. Policy Impact.

Rigorous, interdisciplinary social science research for the common good

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We connect policymakers with nonpartisan research relevant to policy debates in city halls and state houses, as well as the halls of Congress and of international organizations.

Browse our trending research or contact us if you need help finding an expert or research on a specific topic.

Celeste Watkins-Hayes

The Media

IPR faculty researchers are leaders in their respective fields and stand ready to share their expertise. If you are interested in interviewing an IPR faculty member or covering their research, use the resources below or contact us. We're here to help you get the story.

Thom McDade and Chris Kuzawa


Here at IPR, we support a vibrant and diverse scholarly community, where robust debate and discussion are encouraged. If you would like to learn more about IPR research in your area of interest or join our events, browse the resources below.
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We seek to educate and enable next-generation scholars and policy specialists through cross-disciplinary teaching and training. Find opportunities or get involved by using the resources below.

Join the Policy Discussion

Get involved in policy research discussions by following @IPRatNU on social media or attending one of our events.

IPR Events

Emma Adam giving a talk
IPR Colloquia
Our events calendar kicks off this fall with a colloquium by Emma Adam on "Adolescent Stress." Each academic year, we organize more than 40 policy-relevant events. Sign up for notification of our events and join our community for robust debate and discussion.