In fall 1968, a small group of Northwestern scholars launched the Center for Urban Affairs—now the Institute for Policy Research (IPR)—to bring faculty researchers together from across different disciplines to shed light on urban poverty and social ills. Across the year, IPR will celebrate its 50th anniversary, culminating with a two-day conference in the spring.

To many, the 1918 flu pandemic is a distant chapter of history. To economist and IPR associate Joseph Ferrie, this historical event offers a way to gain insight into today’s policy questions.
Policy Research Brief: Predicting Police Misconduct

Civilian allegations can predict which police officers pose the highest risk for serious misconduct, according to a new study by law professor and IPR associate Max Schanzenbach.
Teplin Expands Study on Delinquent Youth

IPR associate Linda Teplin has explored the lives of 2,000 people who entered the juvenile justice system as adolescents, finding links between detention and social ills. A trio of new grants is expanding her work.
"But lost in all the legal and political hubbub is a sound understanding of how and why colleges and universities came to value diversity in the first place—especially racial diversity. This lack of attention to history fuels needless suspicion and derision of policies aimed at creating a richer student experience and a better-educated population."
Awards & Honors
IPR graduate research assistant Sheridan Fuller has been named a 2018 Health Policy Research Scholar by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Oncofertility specialist and IPR associate Teresa Woodruff was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in health and medicine. 

Health disparities scholar and IPR associate Melissa Simon received the American Public Health Association’s Award for Excellence.

Development economist and IPR associate Dean Karlan was awarded the 2018 Terry McAdam Award for a book he co-authored, The Goldilocks Challenge: Right-Fit Evidence for the Social Sector (2018, Oxford University Press).  
More Awards and Honors
Working Papers
The Effect of Education on Mortality and Health: Evidence from a Schooling Expansion in Romania
(WP-18-06) by Ofer Malamud, Andreea Mitrut, and Cristian Pop-Eleches

Randomizing Religion: The Impact of Protestant Evangelism on Economic Outcomes 
(WP-18-08) by Gharad Bryan, James Choi, and Dean Karlan
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Upcoming Events
November 5: "I Know I Have Biases, Don't We All? Exploring the Consequences of Recognizing One's Own Biases" by Sylvia Perry (Psychology/IPR)

November 7: Distinguished Public Policy Lecture, Arthur C. Brooks (American Enterprise Institute), "Reuniting America in a Time of Extreme Polarization" This event is sold out, but there is still space on the waitlist.

November 8: Joint Economics/IPR Seminar, "Incentivizing Behavioral Change: The Role of Time Preferences," Rebecca Dizon-Ross (University of Chicago)

November 12: Midterms 2018: Partisanship, Media, and the Economy, with Robert Gordon (Economics), Laurel Harbridge-Yong (IPR/Political Science), and Rachel Davis Mersey (IPR/Journalism)

November 14: Northwestern Political Union Lecture, "The Future of U.S. Health Policy: A Discussion," Sarah Kliff, Senior Correspondent, Health Policy, Vox

November 15: Joint Economics/IPR Seminar, Shing-Yi Wang (University of Pennsylvania)

November 19: "Measuring and Understanding the Contributions of the Social Environment to Cardiovascular Disease Risk" by Kiarri Kershaw (Feinberg/IPR) 

November 26: Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquium, Amy Claessens,(University of Wisconsin-Madison), an IPR@50 event

November 28: IPR Q-Center Colloquium, "Facilitating Reproducible Research Through Direct Connection of Data Analysis with Manuscript Preparation in Microsoft Word," Leah Welty (Feinberg)

November 29: Joint Economics/IPR Seminar, Jing Cai (University of Maryland)
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