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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in the U.S. and around the globe, the world’s attention has been mostly focused on the medical, biological, and epidemiological aspects of the disease. But social science researchers, including IPR’s interdisciplinary faculty experts, have also been hard at work to understand and address the pandemic's ravaging effects on society at large. These new projects include launching a survey on social and behavioral impacts and developing a test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, as well as recommendations for how to strengthen the social safety net.

Faculty Opinion

"People are starting to practice not only social distancing but also economic distancing, which leaves a lot of people—especially the most vulnerablein the lurch. ... Right now it's vital that we create economic connections through the safety net in our communities." 
Event Coverage
Global Migration: 'The World's Greatest Anti-Poverty Program'

"Migration is to the Philippines as what cars once were to Detroit. It's the civil religion," New York Times reporter Jason DeParle said at a recent lecture at Northwestern University. DeParle spoke about his latest book, detailing how global migration allowed one family to move out of poverty in Manila's slums to suburban life in the U.S. 
Research News
New IPR Policy Brief: Affordable Heating Reduces Winter Mortality


Low-income households often face
a difficult choice between paying for adequate heating or spending on other necessities. In the study, IPR economist Seema Jayachandran and her co-authors find a direct link between lower heating prices and a reduction in deaths in the winter.
Believing in a Positive Future Can Help Resist Stigma


In a recent study, IPR sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa discovers how anger and optimism can help those with a criminal
record resist stigma. These
emotions became a way to resist negative labeling after going
through the criminal justice system. 
Tackling Early
Childhood Education


On March 9, students in IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol's class gathered at the governor's office in Chicago to present policy proposals for addressing pressing issues in
early childhood education.
New Faculty Research


The latest IPR faculty research examines a variety of issues, including the critical role women's empowerment plays in child nutrition outcomes and how nutrition during pregnancy affects a baby's health later as an adult. 
Awards and Honors
Yang Qu was named a 2020 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.
More Awards and Honors
Working Papers
How Institutions and Social Identity Affect Policy Change:
The Case of College Sports

(WP-19-22) James Druckman and Elizabeth Sharrow

The Impacts of Physician Payments on Patient Access, Use, and Health
(WP-19-23) Diane Alexander and Molly Schnell

The Economic Consequences of Bankruptcy Reform
(WP-19-24) Tal Gross, Raymond Kluender, Feng Liu, Matthew Notowidigdo, and Jialan Wang
More Working Papers
Upcoming Events

IPR schedule of events for the spring 2020 quarter will be held online. You can find the complete schedule here. External participants must register to join IPR’s online colloquia here. If you do not register, you will not be allowed to join.

April 13: Charles F. Manski (Economics/IPR)

April 20: Daniel B. Rodriguez (Law/IPR)

April 27: Matthias Doepke (Economics/IPR)

Northwestern and IPR continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will notify the community about changes to events. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar. 

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