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Map of U.S. showing risk of arrest across racial groups

New apps and visualization tools are delivering data on critical social issues, like food insecurity and policing, to policymakers and the public. Three IPR faculty experts, sociologist Beth Redbird, statistician Elizabeth Tipton, and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, have built tools for policymakers and the public using national datasets. These tools are demonstrating the widespread impact of COVID-19, racial bias in police arrests, and how to run better education studies.

IPR Newsletter

IPR's latest newsletter is available now digitally, featuring research, media clips, and highlights from IPR faculty experts. View it and our other previous newsletters here.
Faculty Spotlight
Cynthia Coburn
Cynthia Coburn

Award-winning education sociologist and IPR associate Cynthia Coburn examines decision making and how research can become effective education policy. 
Research News
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Americans' Confidence in Governors Dwindling

Survey data from IPR’s James Druckman shows governors seeing a steep drop on average in their approval ratings amid a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Multi-color sugary drinks
New Research Tackles Key Policy Issues

New research by IPR faculty shows how campaigns to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks can be effective, as well as the effects of parental incarceration on children.
Gloved hand pouring pills from a bottle
Imprecise Findings of COVID-19 Trials May Impede Innovation

Work by IPR economist Charles F. Manski argues that how medical articles present drug trials may give an inappropriate impression that new treatments are not effective.
Police officer and community members
N3 Study: Chicago Community Policing Initiative Shows Promise

Early results from a study by the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network (N3) Initiative show increased trust and community engagement in CPD District 25.
Faculty Opinion

"The purpose of building a social safety net is to help people in need, not to save money. If people with disabilities are especially needy, it is entirely reasonable for the government to provide extra funds to help them. Sometimes, spending money is simply the right thing to do."
—Seema Jayachandran
Social Programs Can Sometimes Turn a Profit for Taxpayers
The New York Times
Working Papers

Microentrepreneurship in Developing Countries
(WP-20-03) Seema Jayachandran

The Cost of Being Too Patient
(WP-20-04) Paola Giuliano and Paola Sapienza

Effects of Scaling Up Private School Choice Programs on Public School Students
(WP-20-05) David Figlio, Cassandra Hart, and Krzysztof Karbownik
More Working Papers
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