Department of Public Administration & Policy Research Seminar Series
All seminars convene on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 pm in Kerwin Hall 301 unless otherwise noted.
Liz Cascio, Associate Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
Does Universal Preschool Hit the Target? Program Access and Preschool Impacts.
Are programs for the poor really "poor programs"? I explore the validity of this conventional wisdom using the rich cross-state variation in access to state-funded pre-kindergarten programs as a laboratory. My findings suggest that, relative to targeted preschools, universal preschools offer a higher-quality learning experience for low-income children that is not reflected in standard quality metrics.
Caught on Camera: Law Enforcement Agencies and Body-Worn Cameras
Several recent high profile incidents of police brutality against people of color, have further strained the relationship between communities of color and police officers. In an attempt to minimize these tensions and other outputs related to policing, scholars, practitioners and police departments have suggested the implementation of body-worn cameras (BWC). Wright II finds that the introduction of BWC in Washington D.C. leads to a 9 percent reduction in property crimes.
Umut Özek, Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research
Does a large refugee influx have an effect on incumbent students? We find no adverse effects of refugees on a multitude of educational outcomes including test scores, disciplinary problems, and high school graduation in the two years that follow. These findings hold true regardless of economic status, and family and household attributes of incumbent students.