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Lux et Data: ISPS Blog

The Costs of Complexity in Policy Design
Gabe Scheffler

April 9, 2014

Complexity undermines the public's confidence and trust in government.

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It's Not Just Who You Know: The Failure of Lobbying Reform
Lara Chausow

March 27, 2014

Why the reform law doesn't end revolving door lobbyists.

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Can State-Level Legislative Reform Ensure Due Process Protections for Debtors?
Michelle Grisé

March 25, 2014

Lawmakers in several states have enacted legislation designed to better protect debtors.

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Mind the Gap: Data They Share May Not Be Data You Can Use
Limor Peer

March 6, 2014

We could find ourselves with a proliferation of research products we can’t really use.

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Can Directed Research Bridge Opposing Views on Expanding Medicaid?
Martin Hackmann

March 3, 2014

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Policy reform could improve the cost-effectiveness and quality of health care delivery.

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Rebuilding Communities after the Military Leaves Town
Alison Kanosky

February 26, 2014

Base closings can leave military communities in economic and environmental despair.

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It’s Not Only Professors Who Increasingly Reach Out
Dan Feder

February 24, 2014

Kristof fails to appreciate that the next generation of academics will be even more publicly engaged.

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Promoting Innovation in Drug Development
Nicholas Downing

February 20, 2014

Key structures that limit the drug development process: technical, financial, and regulatory forces.

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Bob Dahl and Yale Political Science: A Reflection
David Mayhew

February 12, 2014

David Mayhew writes on Bob Dahl's legacy.

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Making State Sentencing Policy More Responsive to Crime Rates
Charles Decker

February 12, 2014

Using sunset provisions to deactivate tough crime laws after a set period of time.

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Tech Companies, Not Consulting Firms, Should Build Government Websites
Yousef AbuGharbieh

January 29, 2014

Tech companies have far better track records producing consumer-facing websites.

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Tax subsidies upheld on ObamaCare exchanges - Judge Friedman finds the ACA "clear"
Abbe Gluck

January 15, 2014

The first merits decision in the Obamacare tax subsidy litigation has been handed down, and it is a big victory for the federal Government.

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Is the Six-Year Itch Just a Senate Thing?
David Mayhew

January 13, 2014

Do presidents and their parties end up worse off after the second midterm elections?

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The Least Productive Congress in History?
David Mayhew

January 2, 2014

How is Congress's productivity being measured?

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Papachristos and Meares on Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue

December 23, 2013

The authors look at gun violence as a public health issue

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The Individual Mandate and the Elusive Goal of Equal Access to Health Insurance
Martin Hackmann

December 16, 2013

Why the ACA's individual mandate is good for economics and for people's health

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How Congress Works (And the ObamaCare Subsidies Lawsuit)

December 12, 2013

The pending Obamacare health exhange lawsuit should be decided within the next week or so

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Hacker and Hathaway on Congressional Gridlock & Presidential Power

December 9, 2013

A dysfunctional Congress is not fixed by unchecked presidential power

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The Senate and the Nuclear Option
David Mayhew

November 22, 2013

The Senate’s ruling Democrats pulled the plug on minority obstruction

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Common Data Problems
Limor Peer

November 20, 2013

At the recent Yale Day of Data, researchers spoke about practical challenges they have relating to the data they use in their research.

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