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Over 2019, IPR’s most-read articles reflected a year of celebration, as IPR marked its 50th anniversary, and of commitment, as studies tackled many of the persistent problems that society has faced since IPR’s founding in 1968. The topics reveal how racism and discrimination, immigration challenges, and gender inequality are still present. But they also show interesting paths forward to resolving persistent ills.

Research News
New IPR Policy Brief: Bipartisanship and
Public Opinion


The U.S. is facing historic levels of party polarization, but how do Americans respond to gridlock? In a policy brief, IPR political scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong examines how legislators' partisan behavior affects the public's confidence in
and approval of Congress.

 
What Can College
Football Teach Us
About Democracy?


IPR political scientist James Druckman explores how college sports can serve as a laboratory for studying policymaking. Student-athletes face many of the same challenges in trying to reform policies as groups fighting for change in the political sphere.
Fatal School Shootings Increase Antidepressant Use Among Youth

A new working paper by IPR economists Molly Schnell and Hannes Schwandt shows that antidepressant use by children
and teens exposed to a fatal
school shooting increased by
20% two years after the incident. 
 
Model Seeks to Improve Success of Kidney Transplants

In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, IPR economist Charles F. Manski and his colleagues from economics and the medical school apply econometric analysis to improve prediction of transplant success. 
 
Racial Discrimination
in the Housing Market


A new study by IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian and two Northwestern PhD students shows that discrimination in U.S. housing access has fallen since the late 1970s, but racial discrimination still persists in mortgage lending. 
New Faculty Research


The latest IPR faculty research tackles a variety of topics, such as measuring inequality in small group discussion, breastfeeding outcomes for early-term newborns, lengthening the school day, rewarding physicians to take Medicaid patients, and more. 
 
Special Lecture
Jason DeParle, a New York Times reporter and author of A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, will give a lecture on February 26 at Northwestern based on his years of immersive reporting on global migration and its impact on one family. Register now for the event. 

"If you can get people to do it, it is a net win for carbon sequestration." 
 
—Seema Jayachandran, on the benefits of a program 
paying Ugandan villages to protect the forest
The Audacious Effort to Reforest the Planet
The Washington Post

 
Awards and Honors
Emma Adam, Jonathan Guryan, and Kirabo Jackson were honored during investiture ceremonies with new chairs. 
 
David Cella was named a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science. 

Cynthia Coburn received an honorary doctorate from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

Daniel Galvin was made a fellow of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations’ Center for Innovation in Worker Organization.

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance. 
 
More Awards And Honors
Working Papers
Public Service Motivation as a Predictor of Altruism, Dishonesty, and Corruption
(WP-19-16) Jordan Gans-Morse, Alexander Kalgin, Andrei Klimenko, Dmitriy Vorobyev, and Andrei Yakovlev

The Impact of Car Pollution on Infant and Child Health: Evidence from Emissions Cheating
(WP-19-17) Diane Alexander and Hannes Schwandt

From Personal to Partisan: Abortion, Party, and Religion in the California State Assembly, 1967–1996
(WP-19-18) David Karol and Chloe Thurston
More Working Papers
Upcoming Events

February 3: "Are Earthquake-Shaking Forecasts Good Enough to Rely on for Planning and Policy?" by Bruce Spencer (IPR/Statistics), Seth Stein (Earth and Planetary Sciences/IPR), and Leah Salditch and James Neely (IPR Graduate Research Assistants in Earth and Planetary Sciences)

February 5: "Publication Biases in Replication Studies" by James Druckman (IPR/Political Science) 

February 10: "Who Are the Game Changers? Why We Need to Study Leadership in Adolescence" by Jennifer Tackett (Psychology/IPR)

February 12: "Book Discussion: Remaking A Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Equality" by Celeste Watkins-Hayes (IPR/Sociology) with comments by Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (IPR/ SESP), Héctor Carrillo (Sociology/IPR), and kihana miraya ross (African American Studies) 

February 17: "TBA" by Brayden King (Kellogg/IPR)  

February 24: "Measuring the World's Experiences with Water: Implications for Science, Policy, and ... Northwestern" by Sera Young (IPR/Anthropology)  

February 26: "The Greatest Anti-Poverty Success Story I Know" by Jason DeParle (New York Times)  
More IPR Events
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