Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Wonk Podcast: Intro & Episode 1

As young people flock to cities, more and more notice the burden of high rent. Why is rent so high, and how do we know when it's a problem? Spence breaks down rental markets with urban economist Dr. Sam Staley: how do we measure changes in the housing market, how do we decide between good and bad development, and who are the YIMBY unicorns?


APPAM Debuts Online Paper Collection Resource

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce the creation of a new online research collection hosted on the Association’s website, The 33 papers featured in this collection represent a selected cross-section of works that were first presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference this past November. With more than 200 sessions and 700 papers presenting cutting edge public policy research, APPAM had a difficult time paring down to the selections hosted in the collection.

The assortment is broken into the policy categories used during the conference. The entire collection provides Association members, members of the greater public policy community, students, practitioners, and policymakers a sense of the overall research that APPAM members conduct, the issues they address, and the insight they provide in the policymaking process.

The categories, papers, and authors featured in the collection are:


The Economic and Financial Status of Older Americans: Trends and Prospects
by Bill Emmons and Brian Noeth, St Louis Federal Reserve Bank

Ethnic Concentration, Co-Ethnic Participation: Mexican-American Civic Participation and Destination Context       
by Abigail Williams, Trinity College

Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Security

How Does the Form and Structore of Collaborative Management Relate to Environmental Outcomes?
by Tyler Scott, University of Washington

Fragile, At-Risk Families and Youth

Breakfast at the Desk: The Impact of Universal Breakfast Programs on Academic Performance   
by Dallas D. Dotter, Mathematica Policy Research

Income and Child Maltreatment: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit     
by Lawrence M. Berger, Sarah A. Font, and Kristen S. Slack, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University

The Impact of Subsidized Birth Control for College Women: Evidence from the Deficit Reduction Act
by Emily Gray Collins, University of Michigan, and Brad Hershbein, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

The Role of Contraception in Preventing Abortion, Nonmarital Childbearing, and Child Poverty    
by Quentin Karpilow, Brookings Institution; Jennifer Manlove, Child Trends; Isabel Sawhill, Brookings Institution; and Adam Thomas, Georgetown University

Global Policy

On the Unintended Consequences of Anti-drug Eradication Programs in Producing Countries
by Sandra Rozo, University of California, Los Angeles

The Impact of Politics on the Policy Process

Public Sector Collective Bargaining in the United States: New Evidence on an Old Debate
by Agustina S. Paglayan, Stanford University

Methods and Empirical Design

Misattribution of Teacher Value Added  
by Umut Özek and Zeyu Xu, American Institutes for Research

Social Capital and Environmental Justice: An Agent-Based Model
by Adam Eckerd, Virginia Tech; Heather E. Campbell, Claremont Graduate University; and Yushim Kim, Arizona State University

Poverty and Social Policy

Fragile Health and Fragile Wealth: Mortgage Strain Among African American Homeowners
by Danya Keene, Yale University; Julia Lynch, University of Pennsylvania; and Amy Baker, Hunter College

Is Student Loan Debt Discouraging Home Buying Among Young Adults?           
by Jason Houle, Dartmouth College, and Lawrence Berger, University of Wisconsin

Reservation Prices: An Economic Analysis of Cigarette Purchases on Indian Reservations
by Philip DeCicca, McMaster University; Donald Kenkel, Cornell University; and Feng Liu, Shanghai University

The Effect of SNAP on Poverty
by Laura Tiehen, USDA;  Dean Jolliffe, World Bank; and Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin

The Poverty-Reducing Effect of Medicaid
by Benjamin D. Sommers and Donald Oellerich, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Waging War on Poverty: Historical Trends in Poverty Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure
by Liana Fox, Irv Garfinkel, Neeraj Kaushal, Jane Waldfogel, and Christopher Wimer, Columbia University

Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance

From Blurred to Blended: Exploring the Institutional Environment and Public Benefit of For-Profit B-Corporations
by Stephanie Moulton, The Ohio State University and Adam Eckerd, Virginia Tech

Going Beyond Service Delivery: Exploring the Prevalence of Citizen Participation in Government Contracting       
by Anna A. Amirkhanyan, American University; Hyun Joon Kim, Korea University; and Kristina T. Lambright, Binghamton University

The Emergence of Civic Engagement Networks: Microprocesses and Macro Outcomes  
by Juliet Musso and Christopher Weare, University of Southern California    

The Performance of Performance-based Contracting in Human Services: A Quasi-experiment      
by Jiahuan Lu, University of Maryland  

The Role of Intergovernmental Aid in Defining Fiscal Sustainability at the Sub-National Level       
by Hyunjung Ji, Jeong J. Ahn, and Jeffrey I. Chapman, Arizona State University

Social Equity

Opportunity Mapping: A Conceptual Analysis and Application to the Baltimore Metropolitan Area
by Chao Liu, Eli Knaap, and Gerrit-Jan Knaap, University of Maryland

The White/Black Educational Gap, Stalled Progress, and the Long-Term Consequences of the Emergence of Crack Cocaine Markets           
by Williamn N. Evans, University of Notre Dame; Craig Garthwaite, Northwestern University; and Timothy J. Moore, George Washington University

Social Insurance and Income Maintenance

Household Responses to Food Subsidies: Evidence from India 
by Tara Kaul, University of Maryland

How Job Displacement Affects Social Security Claiming and Work at Older Ages in the Short and Long Term       
by Till von Wachter, University of California, Los Angeles; Jae Song, Social Security Administration; and Joyce Manchester, Congressional Budget Office

Why Has Growth in Spending for Fee-for-Service Medicare Slowed?      
by Michael Levin, Congressional Budget Office, and Melinda Buntin, Vanderbilt University

Supported from Both Sides? Changes in the Dynamics of Joint Participation in SNAP and UI Following the Great Recession  
by Alix Gould-Werth and H. Luke Shaefer, University of Michigan

Social Investment

Configuring Legitimacy: A Framework for Legitimation in Armed Conflict
by Eric Schoon, Alexandra Joosse, and H. Brinton Milward, University of Arizona   

Incentives, Selection, and Teacher Performance: Evidence from IMPACT
by Thomas Dee, Stanford University and James Wyckoff, University of Virginia 

Short-Time Compensation as a Tool to Mitigate Job Loss? Evidence on the U.S. Experience During the Recent Recession           
by Katharine G. Abraham, University of Maryland, and Susan N. Houseman, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research  

For the complete list, short summaries of each, and a download link for each paper, visit the Online Paper Collection page at



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