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Schwartz research on education, summer jobs programs cited in Politico

Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, and her co-authors found that from 2005 to 2008, high school students who joined New York City’s summer jobs program were more likely to take, pass and earn higher scores on the Regents exams.

September 22, 2017

Monnat article on despair and the 2016 election published in Journal of Rural Studies

Shannon M. Monnat & David L. Brown
September 21, 2017

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Joseph Boskovski ’14 MPA helps governments make effective policy

Alumnus Joseph Boskovski co-founded Maxwell X Lab with Professor Len Lopoo, director of the Center for Policy Research, to help governments and non-profits make better policies by applying scientific standards for testing their proposed interventions. Through randomized controlled trials (RCTs), policymakers can discern the outcome of various "nudges" on actual human behavior rather than assuming how people might respond.
September 16, 2017

Maxwell names Montgomery Gruber Professor, O'Hanley Faculty Scholars

Andrew Wender Cohen, professor of history, has been announced as the recipient of the Montgomery Gruber Professorship. Additionally, the O’Hanley Faculty Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence, which serves to help recognize, reward and retain excellent teachers at the school, announced three new scholars: Azra Hromadžić, associate professor of anthropology; Natalie Koch, associate professor of geography; and Rebecca Schewe, assistant professor of sociology. 

September 14, 2017

Shannon Monnat named Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion

“Shannon Monnat is committed to disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship that informs, benefits, and influences public policy and the public good,” says David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School. “She brings timely and important research, a public orientation and unbounded energy to the intellectual leadership of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion."

September 12, 2017

Pralle research on flood maps, politics cited in Washington Post and Slate

"Here’s the big lesson from Hurricane Harvey: The U.S. government’s flood zone designation, and the maps based on it, may not predict future flood risks accurately, particularly as climate change alters sea levels and weather patterns," writes Sarah Pralle, associate professor of political science. 

September 7, 2017

Burman article on corporate tax income published in National Tax Journal

Leonard E. Burman, Kimberly A. Clausing & Lydia Austin
August 31, 2017

Model for evaluating the broad economic costs and benefits of air pollution regulation

“This is a tremendously costly endeavor, and that’s why we haven’t done it already,” says Pete Wilcoxen, director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration, about revising the EPA's model for evaluating the broad economic costs and benefits of air pollution regulations.

August 30, 2017

Monnat's research on deaths of despair, voting patterns cited in Associated Press

The map of Trump’s victory looked eerily similar to her documentation of deaths of despair, according to Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair of Public Health Promotion, from New England through the Rust Belt to the rural coast of Washington.

August 22, 2017

Burman shares his proposal for tax policy on TaxVox Blog

According to Leonard Burman, professor of public administration and international affairs, "enlightened policy should aim to make work pay and help workers adapt. Better education and training will help. But a permanent solution would create a mechanism to automatically translate economic growth into higher wages."

August 3, 2017

Anne Mosher receives funding for study on pathways to geography education

Mosher, associate professor of geography, received a $20,000 research grant by the National Center for Research in Geography Education for her study “Minding the Gap, Tending the Bridge,” examining pathways to college and careers for students who express an interest in geography.
July 6, 2017

Maxwell School honors new graduates at 2017 MPA Convocation

Celebrants of the Maxwell School's 2017 MPA Convocation ceremony reflected on the words of the Keynote Speaker, Howie Phanstiel the former Chairman, President, and CEO of PacifiCare. "When I first started to work in the government, I thought that 'profit' was a dirty word and had no intent or desire to work in the private sector," said Howie. The ceremony closed with remarks from graduating student Jace Beehler, calling on all Maxwell graduates to remain critical yet respectful, and debate wholeheartedly with an open mind.
July 5, 2017

Rothbart, Schwartz article on financial implications of public quality disclosure published in PFR

Rachel Meltzer, Michah W. Rothbart, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Thad Calabrese, Diana Silver, Tod Mijanovich & Meryle Weinstein
July 3, 2017

Lopoo wins 2017 Birkhead-Burkhead Award

Leonard M. Lopoo, professor of public administration and international affairs and director of the Maxwell School’s Center for Policy Research, is the 2017 recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award and Professorship. The Birkhead-Burkhead Award and Professorship is an annual award that recognizes outstanding teaching in PAIA. 

July 3, 2017

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