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Michelmore paper on targeting low-income students for college released

A study by Katherine Michelmore, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, suggests that low-income students are more likely to apply to selective colleges if they’re aware that they can receive financial aid.

December 13, 2018

Baltagi awarded 2018 Kuwait Prize in Economics by KFAS

Badi Baltagi, Distinguished Professor of Economics, was awarded the 2018 Kuwait Prize in Economics and Social Sciences (Economy) by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). The Kuwait Prize recognizes Arab scientists across the globe who have made outstanding lifetime contributions in their research fields. Baltagi is being recognized for his distinguished scientific research in theoretical and applied panel data econometrics. He received the award during a ceremony in Kuwait on December 5, 2018. 12/11/18
December 11, 2018

Bifulco's research on Say Yes program cited in article

Robert Bifulco, professor of public administration and international affairs, found gains in Buffalo after Say Yes when studying the scores of individual students, not just the district as a whole.

December 10, 2018

Monnat weighs in on two NYS proposals to combat drug crisis on NPR

According to Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, politicians are looking for quick fixes because of their short terms in office and public health in the U.S. too often treats problems after they appear. "If we were to invest similar money into revitalizing social infrastructure and economic infrastructure and our educational system we would see long term benefits," she says. 

December 10, 2018

Lopoo study on health insurance and human capital published in Jour of Health Politics, Policy & Law

Leonard M. Lopoo, Emily B. Cardon & Kerri M. Raissian
November 30, 2018

Shybalkina, Bifulco article on participatory budgeting published

Iuliia Shybalkina & Robert Bifulco
November 29, 2018

Maxwell X Lab helps City of Syracuse recoup $1.4 million in overdue property taxes

So far, the initiative has helped the City to recoup more than $1.4 million in overdue property taxes, and hundreds of additional properties were prompted to get current on their bills, preventing more costly and troublesome outcomes for both the owner and the City alike. Furthermore, the project has established a costless change to city tax collection processes that has the potential to produce benefits for years to come.
November 13, 2018

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Heflin study on SNAP benefits, childhood asthma published

Colleen Heflin, Irma Arteaga, Leslie Hodges, Jean Felix Ndashiyme & Matthew P. Rabbitt
November 5, 2018

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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Susanna Loeb will be this year's speaker. Professor Loeb is Director of the Annenberg Institute and Professor of Education & International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Her research focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students.

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