ISPS Working Paper Series
ISPS advances interdisciplinary research in the social sciences that aims to shape public policy and inform democratic deliberation. The ISPS network includes scholars and students from many departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and from Yale’s graduate and professional schools as well as select experts from other institutions. The ISPS Working Paper Series provides a platform for ISPS affiliates to make their work available for public consumption and discussion.
In 2001, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies announced an initiative designed to encourage field experimentation in the social sciences at Yale. The term ‘field experiment’ refers to fully-randomized research designs in which observations found in a naturalistic setting — voters, patients, welfare recipients, community organizations, government entities, and the like — are assigned to treatment and control conditions. Read more..
The Economic Security Index (ESI) measures the share of Americans who experience a major drop in their available family income — whether due to a decline in income or a spike in medical spending — and who lack an adequate financial safety net to catch them when they fall. The ESI shows that economic insecurity disproportionately affects the less advantaged, but has risen substantially for all Americans. Read more…
ISPS invites proposals for important and well-crafted field experiments in the social sciences and related policy issues. Field experiments are fully-randomized research designs in which observations found in a naturalistic setting – voters, patients, welfare recipients, community organizations, government entities, and the like – are assigned to treatment and control conditions (see more here).