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Incoming IPR director David Figlio presents current director Fay Lomax Cook with a trophy to mark her tenure.

Sixteen Years of 'Onward & Upward'

After 16 years of leading IPR, Fay Lomax Cook will step down as the Institute's director this August. She has been the driving force behind many of IPR's most innovative changes and creations. MORE

Faculty Awards & Honors 
David Figlio, an IPR education economist, received this year's Outstanding Professor Award from Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. MORE

IPR Director Fay Lomax Cook
delivered the keynote talk at an international conference on social security and aging on May 21 at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.
MORE faculty awards & honors.

Faculty in the Media
Los Angeles Times
Give colleges more credit
Northwestern University President and economist Morton Schapiro, an IPR fellow, explains why doomsayers are wrong in their claims that America's higher-education model is broken.
WBEZ Eight Forty-Eight
Live Affordable Care Act updates
Healthcare economist and IPR associate David Dranove was a guest commentator on WBEZ's "Eight Forty-Eight" during the show's live coverage of the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Man winning most married moms poised for White House
While much is made of the so-called marriage gap—the tendency for marriage to increase the likelihood voters will favor Republicans—the demographics of married mothers might signify more of a class gap, says IPR sociologist Christine Percheski.
U.S. News & World Report
Sleep habits in U.S. vary by race, native country
The amount and quality of sleep people get each night might vary across racial and ethnic lines, according to a study led by epidemiologist and IPR associate
Mercedes Carnethon.
'Silent killer' may be disease of the affluent
A study done in lowland Ecuador led by IPR anthropologist Thomas McDade suggests that higher levels of exposure to infectious microbes early in life might change how we regulate inflammation as adults in ways that prevent chronic inflammation from emerging. This inflammation is associated with diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.
Find these and other clips HERE.
News & Research
Death Penalty Studies: Three Decades Later,
Still Fundamental Flaws
Available research on the effects of the death penalty is fundamentally flawed and thus cannot be used to determine whether it affects murder rates, according to a report by a National Research Council committee that included IPR economist Charles F. Manski. MORE

Scrutinizing Views and the Vote
The sixth annual Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior Workshop took place on May 11. This year's workshop, organized by IPR political scientist James Druckman, examined research on how race, personality, affluence, scientific literacy, and social groupings can affect voters. Presenters included  Jennifer Hochschild of Harvard University and political scientist and IPR associate Benjamin Page. MORE

A Tale of Three Segregations
Research by IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian reveals that, unlike most whites, blacks and Hispanics tend to have neighbors from other racial groups who are disproportionately likely to be poor. This contributes significantly to the high poverty rates of the neighborhoods where black and Hispanic families live and to the high poverty rates of schools their children attend. MORE

Offspring of Older Fathers Might Live Longer
Research co-authored by IPR anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa suggests that children of older fathers and grandfathers might inherit longer telomeres—the structures at the tips of chromosomes—that could protect against aging and disease. MORE

FTC Names Leemore Dafny as a Deputy Director
The Federal Trade Commission has appointed microeconomist and IPR associate Leemore Dafny as Deputy Director for Health Care and Antitrust of the FTC's Bureau of Economics. She will assume the newly created position, designed to enhance the agency's efforts to promote competition in the health services sector, on August 1. MORE

IPR's 2012 Distinguished Public Policy Lecture
IPR is pleased to announce its 2012 Distinguished Public Policy Lecturer, Alan Krueger, chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers and one of the nation's leading labor economists. The lecture will be held on Monday, October 8, on Northwestern's Evanston Campus. MORE

New IPR Working Papers
Find the complete list of 2012 IPR working papers HERE.

Do College-Prep Programs Improve Long-Term Outcomes?
Kirabo Jackson

Many new education reforms use cash incentives to promote better student outcomes. The Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) is one example. With private donors financing 70 percent of costs, the APIP trains AP teachers, and motivates both students and teachers by paying substantial cash bonuses for passing scores on AP exams. So does it work? In this working paper, IPR labor economist Kirabo Jackson examines the APIP in Texas, tracking more than 290,000 high school students between 1993 and 2008. He compared changes in student outcomes before and after APIP adoption at the 58 participating schools with changes across the same cohorts in comparable schools that did not adopt the APIP. APIP adoption increased taking an AP course by 21 percent and passing an AP exam by 45 percent. More important, Jackson finds benefits beyond the program: For those participating in APIP four years after it was adopted, the probability of students persisting in college as sophomores rose by about 20 percent and earnings increased by 3.7 percent. The pay increases erased the Hispanic-white earnings gap and reduced the black-white earnings gap by one third. The results imply a per-pupil lifetime earnings benefit of $16,650 for a cost of $450. Jackson's findings suggest that one can raise achievement for students “consigned” to low-achieving, urban schools—and that high quality college-preparatory programs might be a viable alternative to transferring such students to higher achieving schools.

This paper is also included in the National Bureau of Economic Research's working paper series and can be found here.

Upcoming Events
8/6 - 8/10/12 - 2012 IES/NCER Summer Research Training Institute on the Design and Analysis of Practical Quasi-Experiments for Use in Education
8/13 - 8/17/12 - 2012 IES/NCER Summer Research Training Institute on the Design, Implementation, and Analysis of Within-Study Comparisons
10/8/12 - 2012 IPR Distinguished Public Policy Lecture with Alan Krueger

Find the complete calendar HERE.

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