January 14, 2009

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>> News and Research

> Forty Years of Social Policy Research at IPR
The Institute will mark its 40th anniversary with a national conference, "Dynamics of Inequality in America from 1968 to Today," April 16-17 in Evanston. Invited speakers include Rebecca Blank of Brookings, Christopher Jencks and Larry Bobo of Harvard, and Larry Bartels of Princeton, in addition to current IPR faculty and others. Registration is required.

> IPR Elevates Research Program on Education Policy
Research on education interventions and policies has long been a key element of IPR's research agenda. The Institute is formalizing its commitment in this area by elevating its longstanding education policy research area to a full research program. IPR education economist David Figlio will lead it.

> Rebuilding America's Housing Policies
IPR social psychologist Thomas D. Cook is leading a planning group on research on housing and families with children, supported by the MacArthur Foundation. Cook has assembled a national, interdisciplinary team of top researchers from around the nation in housing, poverty, and child development.

> "Conservative Egalitarians"--Americans on Inequality
From their new national survey on attitudes toward inequality, political scientists Benjamin Page of IPR/Northwestern and Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota have found that most Americans consider themselves "conservative egalitarians"--philosophically conservative and pragmatically liberal.

> Latino Political Advertising: Bulls-Eye or Bomb?
IPR political scientist Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is collaborating on a project that investigates whether using targeted advertising and Latino spokespeople in political campaigns can effectively woo Latino voters--or backfire politically with non-Latinos.

> Political Campaigns in a 2.0 World
Political campaigns are becoming more and more virtual as the number of candidate Web sites has multiplied over the last decade. How do candidates' Web sites affect their political messages? This question lies at the heart of recent research by IPR political scientist James Druckman and his colleagues.

> Restoring Market Confidence Through Loan-Return Guarantees
In a recent working paper, economists Charles F. Manski of IPR/Northwestern and William Brock of the University of Wisconsin-Madison conclude that guaranteeing lenders a minimum return on loans could be one way for governments to help restore stability and transparency in credit markets.

> New Book: "Mission and Money: Understanding the University"
Written by IPR economist Burton Weisbrod with Jeffrey Ballou and Evelyn Asch, the book uses original research to examine the higher education industry and highlights the tension that often exists between the necessary pursuit of revenue and the institution's mission.

> IPR Working Papers
The latest additions to IPR's working paper series examine public opinion and social insurance, high school-to-college transitions, quantitative methods in social science research, and electoral laws and women's representation, among others.

>> Upcoming Events

> "Dynamics of Inequality in America from 1968 to Today," April 16-17, 2009
IPR's 40th Anniversary Conference and Distinguished Public Policy Lecture. Registration required.

> IPR Winter Colloquia, Jan. 26 - March 9, 2009
Topics include how black women cope with HIV/AIDS, electoral laws and women's representation, and transgenerational influences on birth outcomes, among others. The interdisciplinary series is free and open to the public.

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