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Burman comments on the debate to end the estate tax in The Atlantic

If Gary Cohn, the White House chief economic adviser, "were trying to make a parody of the rich people’s argument for the estate tax, he couldn’t have done a better job,” says Leonard Burman, professor of public administration and international affairs and Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics.

November 15, 2017

Maxwell X Lab innovates policymaking through behavioral science

The launch of Maxwell X Lab as a component of the Center for Policy Research in January 2017 is meant to understand human behavior based in social science and behavioral economics research. The goal here is to help Maxwell Students and faculty run experiments that result in reliable, convincing outcomes.
November 15, 2017

Monnat cited in Business Insider article on opioid crisis, Trump

Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, says her findings indicate that places where rates of death due to drug addiction, alcohol abuse, and suicide are high are also places that heavily supported Trump in the election.

November 13, 2017

Inaugural Otey and Barbara Scruggs graduate scholars named

“The Otey and Barbara Scruggs scholarship is a fitting tribute to a treasured member of the History Department and his wife,” said Associate Professor and Chair of History Norman Kutcher. “Otey cared deeply about the University generally and the History Department especially. Graduate education grew substantially in strength and numbers under his leadership, so it is fitting that this scholarship will benefit our most deserving graduate students.”

November 13, 2017

Lutz study on mismatch and academic performance published in Ethnic and Racial Studies

Amy Lutz, Pamela R. Bennett & Rebecca Wang
November 12, 2017

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Schwartz study on inclusion, students with disabilities published

Leanna Stiefel, Menbere Shiferaw, Amy Ellen Schwartz & Michael Gottfried
November 2, 2017

Maxwell announces new chair appointments

The Maxwell School has appointed new chairs for the departments of anthropology, economics, history, international relations (undergraduate), political science and sociology, as well as an interim chair of social science. 

November 1, 2017

Bifulco study on synthetic controls to evaluate unique interventions published in Evaluation Review

Robert Bifulco, Ross Rubenstein & Hosung Sohn
October 31, 2017

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Lutz writes for Huffington Post on immigrants serving in the U.S. military

"The United States has a long tradition of enlisting immigrants. Immigrants make up an important part of the U.S. military, and have since the formation of the United States. Our country should not make it difficult for them to serve," writes Amy Lutz, associate professor of sociology.

October 30, 2017

Maxwell School Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat and team secure NIJ grant

Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, and her team secured a grant from the National Institute of Justice to conduct a study that will provide recommendations to law enforcement agencies on how to maximize the efficiency of disrupting the supply of opiates into communities and develop a model for use in other jurisdictions.

October 26, 2017

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Yinger selected as APPAM's 2017 Steven D. Gold Award recipient

John Yinger was selected as the 2017 Steven D. Gold Award recipient by the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). The award recognizes significant contributions to public financial management in intergovernmental relations and state and local finance.
October 18, 2017

Colleen Heflin examines the intersection of food security, welfare policy, and health

"Typically people who qualify for higher SNAP benefits are in the worst health, so this suggests there is something really protective about the SNAP benefits," says Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs.

October 6, 2017

Colleen Heflin examines the intersection of food security, welfare policy and health

"Typically people who qualify for higher SNAP benefits are in the worst health, so this suggests there is something really protective about the SNAP benefits," says Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs.

October 5, 2017

Burman economic study cited in Forbes article on corporate tax reform

A paper co-authored by Leonard Burman, professor of public administration and international affairs, found that the taxable share of U.S. corporate stock had fallen from 80 percent in 1965 to a mere 24 percent in 2015. The explanation for the sharp decline lies in the proportion of shares held by tax-exempt retirement accounts or by foreigners, who generally escape U.S. tax on dividends.

October 3, 2017

Popp study on tech R&D portfolios under uncertainty published in JAERE

Mort Webster, Karen Fisher-Vanden, David Popp & Nidhi Santen
October 2, 2017

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Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics with Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

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Deirdre Nansen McCloskey (University of Illinois at Chicago) will present the fifth annual Paul Volcker Lecture in Behavioral Economics. For more information about this lecture, please contact Katrina Fiacchi at 315.443.9040 or kfiacchi@syr.edu. 


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