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IPR enews December 2011

Voters Overrate Their Favorite Candidates

A new study co-authored by IPR economist Charles F. Manski found that no matter what the polls show, voters think their preferred candidate will win. Said Manski, "People thought their preferred candidate had a higher chance of winning, in every election, no matter in which state they live, no matter who was running, no matter which political party." MORE

Faculty Awards & Honors 
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
IPR developmental psychologist
Lindsay Chase-Lansdale was named one of 20 inaugural Ascend Fellows by the Aspen Institute. The fellows will examine dual-generation approaches to move children beyond poverty.

Faculty in the Media
The Chronicle of
Higher Education
Minority students benefit from incentive-based college-prep programs
A new working paper by IPR labor economist Kirabo Jackson shows that incentive-based college-
preparatory programs
for minority and low-income students improve their college-going, graduation, and employment rates.
The New York Times
How to help Kabul's refugees
Thanks to Northwestern Medicine pediatrician and IPR associate
Craig Garfield, 14,000 silver mylar blankets are headed to Afghanistan to help prevent children from freezing to death in refugee camps.
Chicago Tribune
Door shutting on residents of last unrenovated Cabrini-Green row houses
Mary Pattillo, a sociologist, African American Studies researcher, and IPR associate, spoke about the Chicago Housing Authority's decision to move out the remaining families living in the Cabrini-Green housing complex.
The Atlantic
Tips for parents of LGBT Kids on preventing suicide
Based on a recent study, psychologist and IPR associate
Brian Mustanski shared five ways parents can show that they care, and shield their gay children from suicide in the process.
Find these and other clips HERE.
News & Research
Examining America's Elite Lawyers
A recent study by IPR legal scholar John Heinz and his colleagues indicates why elite lawyers on the right hold a distinct advantage over their counterparts on the left in terms of agenda setting and legislative lobbying. It could also shed light on other aspects of politics such as why, for example, Republican-leaning super PACs attract more money than Democratic ones. MORE

What Shields Gay Youth from Suicide?
New research led
by Brian Mustanski, associate professor of medical social sciences and an IPR associate, is the first to show what happens over time to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens who are bullied and victimized. The researchers find that being bullied and experiencing low levels of support from others boost the risk that they will become suicidal or try to harm themselves. MORE

RSVP for Examining the Power of Place — Housing, Desegregation, and Opportunity
Tearing down high-rise public housing and moving poor families into mixed or higher income neighborhoods has been the impetus behind many residential mobility programs. But how have they fared in decreasing segregation, reducing concentrated poverty, and bettering lives? IPR invites you to join four national experts, including IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian
and IPR political scientist Wesley G. Skogan, as they discuss their research
on April 30 in Chicago. MORE

Apply to the Summer Workshop on Quasi-Experimentation
Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Workshop on Quasi-Experimental Design and Analysis in Education, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences. The workshop, led by IPR social psychologist Thomas D. Cook and William Shadish of the University of California, Merced, will take place August 6-10 at Northwestern. MORE

New IPR Working Papers
Is Being in School Better? The Impact of School on Children's BMI When Starting Is Endogenous” (WP-12-05)
Patricia Anderson, Kristin Butcher, Elizabeth Cascio, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
“Is Public Opinion Stable? Resolving the Micro-Macro Disconnect in Studies of Public Opinion” (WP-12-06)
James Druckman and Thomas Leeper
“A Source of Bias in Public Opinion Stability” (WP-12-07)
James Druckman, Jordan Fein, and Thomas Leeper
Find the complete list of 2012 IPR working papers HERE.

Upcoming Events
4/2/12 - “Improving the Generalizability of Education Field Experiments” by Larry Hedges
4/9/12 - “Sexual Health as Buzzword” by Steven Epstein (Sociology/IPR)
4/16/12 - “Why Don't Women Get Job Referrals? Evidence from a Recruitment Experiment in Malawi” by Lori Beaman (Economics/IPR)
4/23/12 - “Educational 'Goodwill': Measuring the Intangible Assets at Highly Selective Private Colleges and Universities” by Morton Schapiro (Economics/IPR, President of Northwestern University)

Find the complete calendar HERE.

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Please e-mail ipr@northwestern.edu.

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