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New Fellows Deepen IPR’s Interdisciplinary Policy Expertise

Three new fellows joined Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) in September, adding their expertise in critical areas of the Institute’s interdisciplinary social policy research portfolio: Economist Elisa Jácome, political scientist Brian Libgober, and African American Studies scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

IPR also celebrates five of its fellows who were recently promoted with tenure: political scientists Tabitha Bonilla and Chloe Thurston, developmental psychologists Onnie Rogers and Terri Sabol, and economist Hannes Schwandt.
Raphael Bostic

Distinguished Public Policy Lecture

Atlanta Federal Reserve President to Deliver IPR Distinguished Lecture

Raphael Bostic, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will deliver IPR's 2022 Fall Distinguished Public Policy Lecture virtually on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 3 p.m. CT. Bostic will discuss the central bank’s ongoing efforts to bring down elevated inflation that continues to inflict pain on American families.
Register now to attend.
A group of protestors rallied in support of Amazon workers and unionization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Research News

Labor Unions Are Key in Protecting Workers’ Rights in States

Research by IPR political scientist Daniel Galvin suggests that states with more union members maintained better work conditions and offered workers more protections, despite a period of steep decline in membership from 1973 to 2014.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty investigates how reflecting on positive events influences adolescent academic achievement, why race should remain a factor in clinical decision making, and how people understand the media environment and give meaning to different media organizations.
A worker fills out information for the 2020 Census.

Federal Statistics: Managing the Tension Between Data Privacy and the Social Good

As government statistical agencies struggle to balance data privacy concerns and the use of data for the common good, research by IPR economist Charles F. Manski, IPR statistician Bruce Spencer, and their colleagues calls for using benefit-cost analysis to protect privacy and enhance research and policymaking.
SURA students from left to right: Emily Lam, Donny Tou, and Lahari Ramini

Student Perspectives

Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants Offer Views on What It Means to Conduct Research

Students in IPR's Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants (SURA) program share their perspectives working on research projects with IPR faculty mentors to study cross-sector collaborations for public interest, investigate opioid misuse among older adults, and improve early education policies.

Faculty in the News

“We should acknowledge that one-size-fits-all metrics do not fairly measure what matters most in many schools. Right now, what matters most is finding ways to address and improve students’ mental health so they can get back on track with learning.”

Simone Ispa-Landa and Wendy Espeland
Why One-Size-Fits-All Metrics
for Evaluating Schools Must Go

The Washington Post
Working Papers

IPR currently has 41 new working papers in its series for the year, covering topics such as the relationship between conspiracy beliefs and depressive symptoms, trends in hiring discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in six Western countries, and how voters use partisanship in deciding whether candidates fulfill their campaign promises. Our working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website.You can sign up to receive notification of our working papers here.
IPR Working Papers

IPR’s signature Fay Lomax Cook Monday colloquia and events schedule will begin on Monday, October 3. All of our events this quarter will take place in person only, except for our October 5 lecture. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

Oct. 3: “Re-envisioning Water Security from the Human Perspective: Integrating a New Indicator into Science and Policy”
Sera Young (IPR/Anthropology)

Oct. 5: “Staying Resolute in the Battle Against Inflation”
Raphael Bostic (President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)
Registration required.

Oct. 10: “Lawyers as Lobbyists: Regulatory Advocacy in American Finance”
Brian Libgober (IPR/Political Science)

Oct. 17: “Partial Identification of Personalized Treatment Response with Trial-Reported Analyses of Binary Subgroups”
Charles F. Manski (IPR/Economics)

Oct. 24: “Twenty-Five Years of Health Services Research Using Illinois Hospital Data”
Joe Feinglass (Feinberg/IPR)

Oct. 31: “The Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on U.S. Fertility”
Hannes Schwandt (IPR/SESP)

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