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Students celebrating President Biden's election

Four days after Election Day, on November 7, major news organizations called it for Joe Biden. On November 9, the Institute for Policy Research gathered several experts to examine what the results might mean for the economy, polarization and partisanship, misinformation and voting, and protests and policy.

COVID-19 News
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Study Identifies 'Super-Spreader Sites' 

In a new study in Nature, IPR sociologist Beth Redbird and her colleagues create a computer model using cell phone data to predict how COVID-19 spreads. It identifies "super-spreader" sites and shows how to better protect those most at risk for getting the virus. 
Research News
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Political Sectarianism and American Politics

Democrats and Republicans despise the other party more than they love their own, according to research by IPR experts James Druckman and Mary McGrath and Eli Finkel. They show that supporters of political parties now operate like warring sects. 
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Mental Health Issues Threaten Young Adults

The Stress in America Survey by the American Psychological Association shows young adults are most at-risk for mental health issues during the pandemic. IPR psychobiologist 
Emma Adam, who worked on the survey, offers advice for helping young people. 
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Sororities and Feminist Ideals

IPR sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa examines the contradiction between women participating in Greek life and feminist ideals. She finds that women in historically white sororities saw them as putting the brakes on efforts to find equal footing with men.
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Recent IPR Faculty Research

Recent IPR research includes studies looking at how people accidentally encounter the news, what campaign speeches say about politicians, and whether monetary sanctions on people convicted of crimes are just. 
Faculty Opinion

"We're seeing so much hardship and we're spending precious little relief aimed at the poor, which doesn't make a lot of sense." 
—Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
The Virus Is Peaking but
Help Is Going Away

The Atlantic, The Social Distance Podcast
Working Papers
From Cells to Society and Back Again (WP-20-12)
Thomas McDade and Kathleen Mullan Harris

The Impact of COVID-19 on Gender Equality (WP-20-13) 
Titan Alon, Matthias Doepke, Jane Olmstead-Rumsey, and Michèle Tertilt

Estimating the COVID-19 Infection Rate: Anatomy of an Inference Problem (WP-20-14) 
Charles F. Manski and Francesca Molinari

It Takes a Village: The Economics of Parenting with Neighborhood and Peer Effects (WP-20-15) 
Francesco Agostinelli, Matthias Doepke, Giuseppe Sorrenti, and Fabrizio Zilibotti

Expected Profits and the Scientific Novelty of Innovation (WP-20-16) 
David Dranove, Craig Garthwaite, and Manuel Hermosilla
More Working Papers
Upcoming Events
IPR's events for the fall 2020 quarter will be held online. Registration is required to join. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar. 

Nov. 23: "The Supply of Bribes: Evidence From a Conjoint Experiment in Ukraine" 
Jordan Gans-Morse (Political Science/ IPR)
More IPR Events
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