The Public Policy and Applied Social Science Seminar (PPASS) series invites leading scholars from UCLA and universities across the nation to present research on a range of important issues, including crime, labor markets, human capital and education, inequality and poverty, the environment, public finance, political economy, urban economics, health care reform, and economic development. Featured research typically uses rigorous methods to address issues of deep policy relevance that are of interest to applied social science faculty and students on campus.

Organizer: Sarah Reber

All events take place Thursdays 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Some events are co-sponsored and will take place outside of the Public Affairs Building. Check the event listing for the location.

Spring 2017 Schedule

March 23, 2017
Joint with Anderson GEM
Frederico Finan
Associate Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley
Money and Politics: Estimating the Effects of Campaign Spending Limits on Political Entry and Selection
Location: D307 Cornell Hall, Anderson School of Management
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April 6, 2017
Joint with Anderson GEM
Gautam Rao
Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Status Goods: Experimental Evidence from Platinum Credit Cards
Location: 4371 Public Affairs Building
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April 13, 2017
Joint with Anderson GEM
Rohini Pande
Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
E-governance, Accountability, and Leakage in Public Programs: Experimental Evidence from a Financial Management Reform in India
Location: B313 Gold Hall, Anderson School of Management
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April 20, 2017
Joint with Anderson GEM, Economics, and CCPR
Amy Finkelstein
John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics, MIT
The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: What Did It Find and What Does that Mean?
Location: 4240 Public Affairs Building, CCPR Seminar Room
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April 27, 2017
Jennifer Larson
Assistant Professor of Politics, New York University
From Chatter to Action: How Social Networks Inform and Motivate in Rural Uganda
Location: 4371 Public Affairs Building
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May 4, 2017
Michael Stoll
Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Do Housing Choice Voucher Recipients Import Crime?
Location: 4371 Public Affairs Building
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May 11, 2017
Antonio Bento
Professor and Chair, Department of Policy Analysis and Real Estate, USC Price School of Public Policy
A New Approach to Measuring Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
Location: 4371 Public Affairs Building
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May 18, 2017
Joint with Anderson GEM and Economics
Jesse Shapiro
George S. and Nancy B. Parker Professor of Economics, Brown University
Measuring Polarization in High-Dimensional Data: Method and Application to Congressional Speech
Location: D307 Cornell Hall, Anderson School of Management
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May 25, 2017
Margaret Jones
Joint with CCPR
US Census Bureau
Refund Anticipation Products and the Improper Payment of the EITC
Location: 4240 Public Affairs Building, CCPR Seminar Room
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June 1, 2017
Edward Walker
Associate Professor of Sociology, UCLA
The Situation Room: Stigma Management and the Claims-Making of Contested Industry Groups
Location: 4371 Public Affairs Building
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June 6, 2017
Martin Gilens
Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Economic Inequality and Political Power in America
Location: 4371 Public Affairs Building
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June 8, 2017
Thad Dunning
Robson Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Is Paying Taxes Habit Forming? Theory and Evidence from Uruguay
Location: 4371 Public Affairs Building
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Prior Year Schedules

2016 Seminars

SPRING 2016 SEMINARS

Day Manoli (University of Texas at Austin)

Reminders & Recidivism: Evidence from Tax Filing & EITC Participation among Low-Income Nonfilers

Randall Akee (UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs)

How Does Household Income Affect Child Personality Traits and Behaviors?

Lucas Davis (Berkeley Haas School of Business)

Are Fuel Economy Standards Regressive?

Isaac Martin (UC San Diego)

Tax Policy and Tax Protest in 19 Rich Democracies, 1980-2010

Johannes Haushofer (Princeton University)

Happier, Not Healthier: A Randomized Experiment on Health Insurance Provision in Kenya

Leah Boustan (UCLA)

Moving to Opportunity in the Early Twentieth Century: Evidence from the Industrial Removal Office

Elizabeth Cascio (Dartmouth College)

How Much Does Amnesty Stretch the Safety Net?  Evidence from the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

Paco Martorell (UC Davis School of Education)

Helped Up By Holding Back? New Evidence on the Impact of Grade Retention

Till von Wachter (UCLA)

Firming Up Inequality

2015 Seminars

Mark Kleinman (UCLA Luskin)

“Freedom from Mass Incarceration”

Sue Dynarski (University of Michigan)

“Success for All? Estimating the Effect of a Mandatory College-Prep Curriculum in Michigan”

Jon Guryan (Northwestern University)

“Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes for Disadvantaged Youth”

Matt Kahn (UCLA Luskin)

“The Political Economy of State and Local Investment in Pre-K Programs”

James Sallee (University of Chicago)

“The Implications of Heterogeneity for the Regulation of Energy-Consuming Durable Goods”

Ebonya Washington (Yale University)

“Why Did the Democrats Lose the South? Bringing Old Data to a New Debate”

Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA)

“Party on: the returns to social skills in the labor market”

Rucker Johnson (UC Berkeley)
“The Effects of School Spending on Educational & Economic Outcomes: Evidence from School Finance Reforms”

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