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JPAM Vernon Memorial Award

JPAM Announces 2017 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award Winners

October 11, 2017 03:15 PM

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Raymond Vernon Memorial Award: Lauren Jones, The Ohio State University, and Nicolas Ziebarth, Cornell University, for their paper “U.S. Child Safety Seat Laws: Are They Effective and Who Complies?” The paper was first published in the Summer 2017, Volume 36, issue of JPAM.

The paper assesses the effectiveness of child safety seat laws in the United States by analyzing state-year level variation in the age until which children are required to ride in child safety seats. Their findings show that the laws saved up to 39 children per year. Jones and Ziebarth also conclude that the laws primarily induce compliant parents to switch from traditional seatbelt use to child safety seat use, with only small effects among parents who do not restrain their children.

Lauren Jones is an Assistant Professor of Consumer Sciences in the department of Human Sciences and an Extension State Specialist in Family and Consumer Sciences at The Ohio State University. Her quantitative, policy-based research focuses on child and family wellbeing, especially in the areas of health and household economics. Jones' current projects include evaluation of how families spend money they receive from tax benefits and policies that impact child health and development. She holds a PhD in Policy Analysis from Cornell University.

Nicolas R. Ziebarth is an Assistant Professor in the Department for Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. His research in the field of applied health and labor economics analyzes the interaction of social security systems with labor markets and population health. Another focus of his work is the driving forces and implications of health-related behavior. Ziebarth holds a PhD in Economics from the Berlin Institute of Technology.

“I am extremely delighted and grateful for this award," Ziebarth said. "Lauren and I started to work on this topic in late 2012. Over the years, we received many excellent comments and suggestions, including at APPAM, and revised the paper many times. I believe it is a good example of relevant public policy research: it triggers people’s attention and desire to talk about it, as we all care about child safety.”

The Vernon Memorial Award, created by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) in 1985, seeks to annually recognize excellence in research through the selection of a paper published in the current volume of JPAM. This year’s selection committee included Dave Marcotte (American University, chair), Susan Dynarski (Michigan), Nicole Maestas (Harvard), Ingrid Gould Ellen (NYU) and Diane Schanzenbach (Northwestern, Brookings).

The 2017 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award will be presented at the Membership Luncheon on Friday, November 3, during the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Chicago. A list of previous winners, and more information about this award, can be found here.


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