Tuesday, January 3, 2017

APPAM/Sanford School Institutional Member Forum

Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy and APPAM are hosting an Institutional Member forum on February 17, 2017 which will explore how research being conducted in universities is informing policy. Discussion will include the role of practitioners in making policy, researcher/policymaker partnerships, and some strategies to bridge the gap between policy research and practice.

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Social Capital and Environmental Justice: An Agent-Based Model

March 17, 2014 11:00 AM

This week, we look at a paper in the APPAM Online Paper Collection by Adam Eckerd, Virginia Tech; Heather E. Campbell, Claremont Graduate University; and Yushim Kim, Arizona State University. Social Capital and Environmental Justice: An Agent-Based Model was presented during the session Methods for Addressing Social System Complexity in Policy Evaluation with an Application to Public Health at the 2013 Fall Research Conference.

Among several competing explanations for observed environmental injustices in society, this paper focuses on the hypothesis regarding communities' potentials to engage in collective actions against the siting of unwanted facilities. By assuming that residents have a propoensity to mount political opposition to the siting of and environmental disamenity, we build an agent-based model using assumptions of the Coase theorem. The simulation outcomes under the four decision scenarios were unexpected.

Read the full paper. [PDF]

 

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