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JPAM Closer Look Podcast


JPAM’s Closer Look is a deep-dive discussion with JPAM authors who are researching some of the top issues facing our country today—including immigration, education, crime, healthcare and housing. 

Join our host, Seth Gershenson, Associate Professor of Public Policy, American University and Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics in learning more about the research that will shape future public policy.

Closer Look is a production of JPAM and the American University’s School of Public Affairs. Be sure to follow the podcast on your favorite platform so you don’t miss an episode!



JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 10: Can Precision Policing Reduce Gun Violence: Evidence from Gang Take Downs in New York City

Impacts on precision policing of gun violence.

JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 9: Positive Health Externalities of Mandating Paid Sick Leave

Paid sick leave mandates and their impacts on behaviors and outcomes

JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 8: Same-sex Couples and the Gains to Marriage: The Importance of the Legal Environment. A Discussion of Study Findings

JPAM author Daniel Hamermesh talks with JPAM's Closer Look about the importance of the legal environment in terms of same sex couples. See the published paper: Same‚ÄźSex Couples and the Gains to Marriage: The Importance of the Legal Environment


JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 7: Increasing Community College Completion Rates Among Low-Income Students. 

JPAM author Melissa Kearney talks with JPAM's Closer Look about case management as a tool for low-income students as they navigate the challenges of life while at community college. See the published paper: Increasing Community College Completion Rates Among Low-Income Students.


JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 6: Vernon Award Winner on Measuring Early Childhood Education

Vernon Memorial Award Winner and JPAM author Tom Dee explains to JPAM’s Closer Look how early childhood education may be measured on a large scale. See the published paper: The Effects of Accountability Incentives in Early Childhood Education


JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 5: Unintended Consequences: The Impact on Domestic Violence When SNAP Schedules Change

JPAM author Analisa Packham talks to JPAM’s Closer Look about how a change in the schedule of SNAP benefits increased domestic violence. See her paper on the topic: SNAP Schedules and Domestic Violence.


JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 4: Medicare for All: A Prescription for Improving Cancer Outcomes

On this episode of JPAM’s Closer Look, researcher Rebecca Myerson answers the question posed by her recent study: Does Medicare Coverage Improve Cancer Detection and Mortality Outcomes?


JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 3: Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals

What happens at schools when kids get free lunch? You might be surprised at the dramatic results of this study by Syracuse University Professor Amy Schwartz, which recently appeared in JPAM:  Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on Student Performance


JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 2: Unraveling the Effects of the Affordable Care Act After 10 Years

What have we learned from 10 years of the Affordable Care Act? Our host, Seth Gershenson, talks to Jonathon Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics at MIT, about his article on the same topic that recently appeared in JPAM, The Affordable Care Act's Effects on Patients, Providers, and the Economy: What We've Learned So Far.


JPAM’s Closer Look Episode 1: Do Need-Based Grants Impact Student Decisions Regarding STEM Degrees?

In the first episode of Closer Look, our host talks to Bridget Terry Long, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education about her recently published article in JPAM, Can Financial Aid Help to Address the Growing Need for STEM Education?.

Long, and her co-authors, Benjamin Castleman and Zachary Mabel, looked at the impact of financial aid on STEM course enrollment and graduation rates. Find out what inspired Long to research this topic and what they learned!