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The State of Bipartisanship

For over a decade, Americans’ approval of the way Congress handles its job has been well below 50%. Recent congressional sparring over previously bipartisan government activities like raising the debt ceiling seem to have exposed a new level of animosity between Republicans and Democrats. But is this actually the case—and if so, what does this heightened state of partisanship mean for Americans? To better understand what’s at stake, IPR spoke with political scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong, an expert on partisan conflict and cooperation in Congress. 

Leadership Updates

The Office for Research Names Emma Adam an Associate Vice President

IPR developmental psychologist Emma Adam will serve as an associate vice president in the Office for Research, concentrating on the social sciences. "I particularly look forward to helping highlight and support the groundbreaking social science research being conducted at Northwestern," she said.  

Research News

A New Survey Shows Parents' Concerns About the Vaccines Grew

A COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids has just been recommended by the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee, but a new survey by IPR political scientist James Druckman shows that nearly one-third of parents say they are unlikely to get their kids under 12 vaccinated. 

America's Worsening 'Death Problem' 

Americans now have shorter lives than Europeans, even though the Black/White life expectancy gap has been cut in half, according to a new study by IPR economist Hannes Schwandt.

Scale Identifies Who's Water Insecure Globally

IPR anthropologist Sera Young, research associate Hilary Bethancourt, and their colleagues show that the 12-item Individual Water Insecurity Experience Scale (IWISE) can measure how water insecurity impacts people around the world.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty examines stress and high-stakes testing among students from low-income backgrounds, the effects of early government-subsidized preschools, and how social media can influence attitudes about flu vaccines. 

Faculty in the News

"If the school district wants to ensure that they're talking to all the people, much like when we do the Census, you have to do the work of actually knocking on the doors and getting people who wouldn't ordinarily come out, to come out."
Working Papers

Scope Challenges to Social Impact (WP-21-03)
Monica Bhatt, Jonathan Guryan, Jens Ludwig, and Anuj Shah

The Effects of Negative Equity on Children's Educational Outcomes (WP-21-04)
Vicki Been, Ingrid Ellen, David Figlio, Ashlyn Nelson, Stephen Ross, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Leanna Stiefel

Vaccination Planning Under Uncertainty, with Application to COVID-19 (WP-21-05)
Charles F. Manski

Addressing Partial Identification in Climate Modeling and Policy Analysis (WP-21-06)
Charles F. Manski, Alan Sanstad, and Stephen DeCanio

Getting the Price Right? The Impact of Competitive Bidding in the Medicare Program (WP-21-07)
Hui Ding, Mark Duggan, and Amanda Starc

More Working Papers

Registration is required to attend IPR’s events for the fall 2021 quarter online. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar

Nov. 1: “Adaptability and the Pivot Penalty in Science”
Benjamin Jones (Kellogg/IPR)

Nov. 8: “Who Shows Up in Primary Elections and Why It Matters for Policymaking”
Laurel Harbridge-Yong (IPR/Political Science)

Nov. 15: “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Critical Periods for Cardiovascular Health Intervention”
Lindsay Pool (Feinberg/IPR)

Nov. 29: “Personality Traits and Toleration of Neuropathology in Older Adulthood”
Dan Mroczek (Psychology/IPR)

More IPR Events
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