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For IPR's Fall 2019 Distinguished Public Policy Lecture, Princeton economist Janet Currie spoke about the importance of promoting child health, especially mental health, as well as the key role of public insurance in supporting longer-term human capital development.

Faculty Highlights
Psychologist Sylvia Perry, an IPR associate, researches how attitudes and bias form and influence behavior.
Research and News
Evidence Drives the Best Policy

In an op-ed, IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach writes that not all data are created equal, better research equals better evidence, and rigorous evidence leads to good policymaking.
Assessing Bankruptcy Reform

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 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.
 
Applications are open for the 2020 IES Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials (CRTs), led by IPR's Beth Tipton and Larry Hedges. It prepares education researchers to design, conduct, and interpret CRTs.

The biggest obstacle to putting women in office may not be that voters are afraid of female candidates, but that people have convinced themselves others are afraid. This could become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
But research shows that assumption is unfounded. If your candidate is a woman and you want her to be president, go ahead and vote for her.
That’s the only way she can win.

Mary McGrath

"Are Americans Ready for a Female President?
Yes. In Fact, They Might Prefer One
."
The Los Angeles Times

Awards and Honors
Noshir Contractor was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.​

Rebecca Seligman was named to the Northwestern Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll for 2019-20.
 
More Awards And Honors
Working Papers
Self-Selection into Corrupt Judiciaries
(WP-19-15) Jordan Gans-Morse

The Role of Neonatal Health in the Incidence of Childhood Disability
(WP-19-14) Todd Elder, David Figlio, Scott Imberman, and Claudia Persico

School Segregation and Racial Gaps in Special Education Identification
(WP-19-13) Todd Elder, David Figlio, Scott Imberman, and Claudia Persico
More Working Papers
Upcoming Events

January 6: "How Institutions and Social Identity Affect Policy Change: The Case of College Sports" by James Druckman (IPR/Political Science)

January 13: "The Impacts of Physician Payments on Patient Access, Use, and Health" by Molly Schnell (IPR/Economics) 

January 15: "TBA" by Steven Franconeri (Psychology)

January 27: "It Takes a Village: The Economics of Parenting with Neighborhood and Peer Effects" by Matthias Doepke (Economics)

January 29: "What Drives Native American Poverty?" by Beth Redbird (IPR/CNAIR/Sociology)

IPR's full schedule of Winter 2020 events can be viewed here.
More IPR Events
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