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Learn about the highlights of Anjali Adukia's research discussed in the paper "What We Teach About Race and Gender: Representation in Images and Text of Children's Books."
Adukia is interested in understanding how to reduce inequalities such that children from historically disadvantaged backgrounds have equal opportunities to fully develop their potential. Her research is focused on understanding factors that motivate and shape behavior, preferences, attitudes, and educational decision-making, with a particular focus on early-life influences. She examines how the provision of basic needs—such as safety, health, justice, and representation—can increase school participation and improve child outcomes in developing contexts.
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A faculty member in The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, Blattman focuses on why some people and societies are poor, unequal and violent, and how to tackle these issues. His book, Why We Fight, was released by Viking Press in April 2022. Most people think war is easy and peace is hard. Blattman synthesizes decades of social science and policymakers' practical experiences to argue the opposite: War is hard and finding peace is easier than you think
In his day-to-day research, Blattman works with governments and civil society to design and test approaches to reduce violence and poverty. Some of his ongoing work investigates:
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Hear from Fiona Burlig, Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research for a session discussing her research titled: "The Value of Forecasts: Experimental Evidence from Developing-Country Agriculture"
Fiona Burlig is an Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She studies energy and environmental economics, with a focus on the developing world. Her recent research examines the impacts of rural electrification in India, uses machine learning methods to quantify the effectiveness of energy efficiency upgrades, and proposes tools for designing randomized controlled trials.
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Learn about leadership and negotiations, how these skills are important to your future career, and how your curriculum at Harris can help you develop or sharpen these skills.
John Burrows is senior lecturer in leadership at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an associate fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. At the University of Chicago and Oxford, John teaches leadership, negotiations, strategy, decision-making, and organizational psychology to MPP, MBA, and MA students, and to senior executives in open enrollment and custom executive-education programs.Read John Burrows' full bio
In this session David Chrisinger, Writing Program Director, Lecturer, and author of Stories Are What Save Us, hosts a short workshop on the "shapes of stories." Chrisinger argues that a single story shape, the "person-in-hole" story, is especially useful in policy communication, whether you're telling a story about yourself, your community, or your organization. This is an ideal event for students interested in learning more about the power of storytelling and to help workshop ideas you may be considering for essays, motivational statements, or other prompts requiring you to share your personal narrative.
David Chrisinger is the Associate Director in the Academic and Student Affairs office, where he leads the Harris Writing Program. In his role, David will work with faculty to develop and evaluate writing-focused assignments, assist students in improving their writing skills, and train and manage the Writing Program Teaching Assistants, among other duties.
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Thomas Coleman shares what students can expect to learn and what differentiates UChicago economics from other institutions. This session will focus on "Monetary Theory and Chicago Economics: How Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz saved the world in 2008."
Thomas Coleman, PhD'84, is focused on teaching students about financial markets. In 2012 Coleman returned to the University of Chicago, first as Executive Director and Senior Advisor at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics and then in 2015 as lecturer at Harris. Prior to returning to the University of Chicago, Coleman worked in the finance industry for over twenty years, with considerable experience in trading, risk management, and quantitative modeling.
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In this Masterclass session, Professor Anthony Fowler will present "Are American voters really so polarized, partisan, or irrational?" The presentation will touch on the research methodologies used to analyze and interpret the data, as well as how the insights gained can help future policy leaders make both smarter decisions and more effective policy.
Professor Fowler’s research applies econometric methods for causal inference to questions in political science, with particular emphasis on elections and political representation. Specific interests include unequal political participation, electoral selection and incentives, political polarization, and the credibility of empirical research. He is an editor-in-chief of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, an author of Thinking Clearly with Data, and a host of Not Another Politics Podcast.
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In this session, Assistant Professor Eyal Frank presents "The Economics and Policy of Biodiversity Management."
An environmental economist, Frank works at the intersection of ecology and economics, addressing three broad questions: (i) how do natural inputs, namely animals, contribute to different production functions of interest, (ii) how do market dynamics reduce natural habitats and lead to declining wildlife population levels, and (iii) what are the costs, indirect ones in particular, of conservation policies.
In his research, Frank uses natural experiments and econometric techniques to explore policy impacts on natural resources and biodiversity.
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In this session, Gangong gives a glimpse into the data analytics Harris students learn.
Ganong is an economist who studies the effect of public policies on people facing difficult financial circumstances. In his research on the foreclosure crisis, he found that most borrowers defaulted due to insufficient liquidity and that many foreclosures could have been averted through liquidity-focused modifications to mortgages. He also has found that unemployment benefits play a crucial role in sustaining the consumption of unemployed workers. In ongoing work, he is studying the effects of racial wealth inequality and the effects of high liquidity on the US economy.
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In this session, Justin Marlowe shares his insights on public finance.
Dr. Justin Marlowe is a research professor at Harris Public Policy. He is an admitted expert witness in federal and state courts and has served on technical advisory bodies for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Government Finance Officers Association, the National Academies of Science, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, several state and local governments, and many other public, private, and non-profit organizations. In this Masterclass, Dr. Marlowe will share his extensive expertise in the world of public finance, with emphasis on public capital markets, infrastructure finance, state and local budgeting, and financial disclosure.Read Justin Marlowe's full bio
In this session, "The Self-Organizing Periphery" with Professor James Robinson, shares his research using data on the organization and behavior of Colombian paramilitary groups.
The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies; Institute Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts
As Institute Director, James A. Robinson is guiding The Pearson Institute’s research agenda, engaging the international academic and practitioner community through The Pearson Global Forum, and setting the curriculum for the next generation of leaders and scholars.
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In this session, John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor Konstantin Sonin discusses the models, theories, and empirical aspects of his recently co-authored paper, “Isolation and Insurrection: How Partisanship and Political Geography Fueled January 6, 2021.” The study used granular location data from 40 million mobile devices to show that political isolation ampliﬁed the effect of partisanship on participation.
Professor Sonin earned his MSc and PhD in mathematics from Moscow State University and MA in economics from Moscow’s New Economic School. His research interests include political economics, conflict, development, and economic theory. In addition to his academic work, Sonin has been writing columns, Op-Eds, and a blog on Russian political and economic issues.
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Hear from Paula Worthington on "Infrastructure in the Post-Pandemic 21st Century."
Paula R. Worthington is a Senior Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she also serves as academic director of the School’s Policy Labs program and faculty lead on its MPP program. At Harris, Worthington teaches courses in state and local government and cost-benefit analysis and advises students completing applied projects for public and nonprofit sector clients.
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In this session, Austin Wright shares research on the January 6, 2021 insurrection in Washington, D.C..
Professor Wright is a faculty affiliate of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and non-resident fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute. His research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Niehaus Center for Global Governance, The Asia Foundation, and World Bank.Read Austin Wright's full bio