JPAM Featured Articles


As part of an ongoing effort to showcase JPAM authors' work to the APPAM membership and the public policy world at large, APPAM invites authors from each issue to do an interview about their research to further promote the quality work in the highly-ranked research journal.

Browse all of the author interviews here.



Summer 2018 (JPAM Volume 37, Issue 4)

Are There Hidden Costs Associated with Conducting Layoffs? The Impact of Reduction-in-Force and Layoff Notices on Teacher Effectiveness

Katharine O. Strunk, Michigan State University, Dan Goldhaber, University of Washington, Bothel, David S. Knight, University of Texas, El Paso, and Nate Brown, Center for Education Data and Research



Spring 2018 (JPAM Volume 37, Issue 2)

The Effects of Federal Adoption Incentive Awards for Older Children on Adoptions from U.S. Foster Care

Maggie Brehm, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Paying for Happiness: Experimental Results from a Large Cash Transfer Program in Malawi

Kelly Kilburn, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Gustavo Angeles, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Sudhanshu (Ashu) Handa, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Peter Mvula, Centre for Social Research, and Maxton Tsoka, Centre for Social Research

METHODS: The Internal and External Validity of the Regression Discontinuity Design: A Meta-Analysis of 15 Within-Study-Comparisons

Duncan Chaplin, Jelena Zurovac, Jared S. Coopersmith, Mariel M. Finucane, Lauren N. Vollmer, Mathamtatica Policy Research, Thomas Cook, Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research, and Rebecca Morris, George Washington University



Winter 2018 (JPAM Volume 37, Issue 1)

Does Paid Family Leave Reduce Nursing Home Use? The California Experience

Kanika Arora, Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa; Douglas Wolf, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University

Breaking Habits: The Effect of the French Vending Machine Ban on School Snacking and Sugar Intakes

Sara Capacci, University of Bologna; Mario Mazzocchi, University of Bologna; Bhavani Shankar, SOAS (South Asia Institute) in London

The Impact of Incentives to Recruit and Retain Teachers in “Hard-to-Staff” Subjects

Li Feng, Department of Finance and Economics at Texas State University;Tim Sass, Andew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University

Can Financial Aid Help to Address the Growing Need for STEM Education?

Zachary Mabel, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Benjamin L. Castleman, University of Virginia; Bridget Terry Long, Harvard Graduate School of Education



Fall 2017 (JPAM Volume 36, Issue 4)

Do Higher Minimum Wages Benefit Health? Evidence from the UK

Otto Lenhart, Ph.D.

Scraping By: Income and Program Participation After the Loss of Extended Unemployment Benefits

Jesse Rothstein, PhD, University of California, Berkeley; and Robert G. Valletta, PhD, Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF)



Summer 2017 (JPAM Volume 36, Issue 3)

Presidential Prescriptions for State Policy: Obama's Race to the Top Initiative

William Howell, Ph.D., and Asya Magazinnik

The Impact of Prenatal Exposure to Power Plant Emissions on Birth Weight: Evidence from a Pennsylvania Power Plant Located Upwind of New Jersey

Muzhe Yang, Ph.D.; Rhea A. Bhatta, Ph.D.; Shin-Yi Chou, Ph.D.; and Cheng-I Hsieh, Ph.D.

U.S. Child Safety Seat Laws: Are they Effective, and Who Complies?

Lauren Jones, Ph.D. and Nicholas Ziebarth, Ph.D.

Comparing Inference Approaches for RD Designs: A Reexamination of the Effect of Head Start on Child Mortality

Matias D. Cattaneo, Ph.D.; Rocío Titiunik, Ph.D.; Gonzalo Vazquez-Bare

Using Preferred Applicant Random Assignment (PARA) to Reduce Randomization Bias in Randomized Trials of Discretionary Programs

Robert Olsen, PhD, Stephen Bell, PhD, and Austin Nichols, PhD

Point/Counterpoint Article: Stop & Frisk

Jeffrey Fagan, Ph.D.

Point/Counterpoint Article: Stop & Frisk

Greg Ridgeway, Ph.D.


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