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Monnat discusses opioid crisis, rural challenges in WSKG article

According to Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, the opioid crisis is not disproportionately rural, but mortality rates among different rural areas vary drastically, depending on factors such as work stability and social infrastructure like churches or sport leagues. 

October 25, 2018

Alumnus Josh Aviv wins $1 million startup competition

Joshua Aviv ’14 BA (Econ)/G’17 (iSchool), founder and CEO of SparkCharge, a company that produces a portable, fast charging battery unit for electric vehicles, has earned the top prize of $1 million at 43North, a Buffalo N.Y.-based startup competition.
October 4, 2018

Heflin and Rothbart receive grant to study SNAP and school readiness

Colleen Heflin and Michah Rothbart, professor and assistant professor, respectively, of public administration and international affairs, have received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to research the relationship between student participation in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and school readiness. The results of the study will help the USDA understand both the effectiveness and efficiency of the SNAP program.

October 2, 2018

Popp paper on environmental regulation and green skills published in JAERE

Francesco Vona, Giovanni Marin, Davide Consoli & David Popp
September 30, 2018

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Hamersma article on business cycles, Medicaid generosity and birth outcomes published in PR&PR

Sarah Hamersma, Yilin Hou, Yusun Kim & Douglas Wolf
September 30, 2018

Rosenthal research cited in Washington Post article on market-rate housing

According to Stuart Rosenthal, professor and chair of economics, market-rate housing filters down at a rate of almost 2 percent per year—fast enough to make a big difference. Housing filters fastest in the middle of the country, but it filters down on the expensive coasts, too, he found. 

September 24, 2018

Monnat discusses opioid crisis, 2016 election on INET video blog

Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, explains how Trump overperformed in places with high rates of drug use, suicide, and family distress. According to Monnat, Trump's message of economic nationalism and promises to bring back manufacturing jobs resonated with people in these areas who felt left behind by globalization and the decline of traditional industries.

September 20, 2018

Flores-Lagunes to study effects of education on obesity, mental health

Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, professor of economics, has received a $169,785 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of educational attainment on obesity and mental health. The award forms part of a three-year project, “Genes, Education, and Gene-Education Interactions in Obesity and Mental Health,” led by Central Michigan University, with CMU’s Vikesh Amin, assistant professor of economics, serving as the principal investigator. The overall project is funded by an NIH Research Project Grant worth $984,812.
September 20, 2018

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Lopoo appointed Advisory Board Professor of Public Policy

Leonard Lopoo has been appointed the Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Public Policy for his scholarship and service to the Maxwell School.
September 20, 2018

Heflin weighs in on NY's childhood poverty rates in Ithaca Journal

"The workforce is not going to be as dynamic as other parts of the country," says Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs. "It's going to be a pull on our economy going forward," because children growing up in poverty traditionally have lower educational attainment and wages.

September 14, 2018

Schewe study on federal fishery program, Vietnamese fishers published

Rebecca L. Schewe & Cassie Dutton
September 13, 2018

Lee study on Olley and Pakes-style production function estimators published in Oxford BES

Yoonseok Lee, Andrey Stoyanov & Nikolay Zubanov
September 11, 2018

Maxwell announces new faculty members, program chair

The academic year begins at the Maxwell School with the arrival of several new faculty members. In addition, Renée de Nevers, associate professor of public administration and international affairs (PAIA), is the new chair of the Social Science Doctoral Program.
September 10, 2018

Maxwell invites undergrad students of color to Public Policy Camp

The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is pleased to partner with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) to host a one-day “Public Policy Camp” designed to introduce promising young students of color to the field and to help ensure that diverse perspectives are represented in leadership roles wherever public policies are made and implemented.
September 7, 2018

Flores-Lagunes weighs in on issues facing workers in WalletHub

"The unemployment rate has been low for some months now (relative to the recent past), but there has not been noticeable pressure on wages," says Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, professor of economics.

August 30, 2018

Heflin study on SNAP benefits, pregnancy-related ER trips published

Irma Arteaga, Colleen Heflin & Leslie Hodges
August 13, 2018

Burman cited in Bloomberg article on capital gains taxation proposal

"If President Trump really wants to cut taxes on capital gains, he should go to Congress with a plan to do so directly, and not through a poorly designed back-door regulatory scheme," writes Leonard Burman, professor emeritus of public administration and international affairs.

August 7, 2018

Study by Rosenthal featured in CityLab article on vertical economy

A study co-authored by Stuart Rosenthal, "The vertical city: Rent gradients, spatial structure, and agglomeration economies," was published in the Journal of Urban Economics and is featured in the CityLab article, "Cities and the Vertical Economy."

July 19, 2018

Maxwell’s Schwartz and team secure DOE grant to study school choice

“This excellent team offers an exciting opportunity to make real progress in reducing achievement gaps for disadvantaged students by identifying ways to increase access to high-quality education,” says Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair of Public Affairs. She is part of the team that received a five year, $10 million DOE grant.

July 17, 2018

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