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Department of Public Administration & Policy Research Seminar Series - Fall 2015

All seminars convene on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m in Ward 105 unless otherwise noted.

August 27

Performance-Based Funding for Public Higher Education: Implications for Equity and Affordability

Chris Birdsall, DPAP PhD Candidate

September 3

The Effect of Low-Income Housing on Neighborhood Mobility: Evidence from Linked Microdata

Quentin Brummet, Economist, U.S. Census Bureau

September 10

Cost Sharing Subsidies and the Choice of Marketplace Health Plans

Thomas DeLeire, Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University; Research Associate at NBER

September 14*

*Note special time & place (Monday, 12PM-1:15PM, MGC 5)

The Gift of Time? School Starting Age and Mental Health

Thomas S. Dee, Professor of Education, Stanford University; Research Associate at NBER

September 15*

*Note special time & place (Tuesday, 4PM-5PM, SIS 300)

Joint speaker series with Metropolitan Policy Center

Places in Need: Geography of Poverty and the American Safety Net

Scott Allard, Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

September 17

Finance and Growth at the Firm Level: Evidence from SBA Loans

John Earle, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University; Director, Center for Microeconomic Policy Research

October 1

Principal Licensure Exams and Future Job Performance: Evidence from the School Leaders Licensure Assessment

Jason Grissom, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University

October 6*

*Note the Special Times and Places

Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences: Job Loss, Family Change, and Declines in Health (11 to 12 noon in MGC 4)

Trends in Publishing in Policy and JPAM (4 to 5pm in Ward 102)

Kenneth Couch, Professor of Economics, University of Connecticut, Editor in Chief, JPAM

October 8

Knowing When and Who to Nudge in Education: Evidence from Text Messaging Experiments

Ben Castleman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia

October 15

School Quality Moderates the Impacts of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program on High School Students' Educational Outcomes: Evidence from an Experimental Evaluation in New York City"

Sharon Wolf, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Institute for Human Development and Social Change, New York University

October 22

The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market

David Deming, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard University; Research Associate at NBER

November 3*

Note the special time & place (Tuesday, 12noon-1:15PM, MGC 4)

Home Sweet Home? Macroeconomic Conditions and the Well-Being of Migrants

Klaus Zimmermann, Professor of Economics, Bonn University; Director of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

November 5

Federal Grants, Intergovernmental Administrative Authority, and Congressional Representation Through Distributive Public Policy

Tony Bertelli, Professor of the Politics of Public Policy, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University

December 10

Expanding Early Postsecondary Opportunities: Insights from Statewide Dual-Credit Rollout in Tennessee

Steven W. Hemelt, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Please contact Seth Gershenson at gershens@american.edu with any questions.