Professor Joe Magee wins Best Paper Award at Eastern Academy of Management Conference
Professor Joe Magee won the Outstanding Empirical Paper award for his paper "The Lens and Language of Power: Sense-Making and Communication in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina" at the Eastern Academy of Management conference in Washington, DC from May 15-18. The paper is co-authored with Frances Milliken, NYU Stern; Nancy Lam, NYU Stern; and Daniel Menezes, BA in Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU.
Professor Jan Blustein on Health Care: Will Performance Measurement Enhance Racial Equity?"Racial disparities are a ubiquitous feature of the US medical landscape, with health care delivery substantially segregated by race/ethnicity." So begins a timely article for the Journal of the American Medical Association by Dr. Jan Blustein, Professor of Health Policy at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Professor Blustein's commentary appeared in the February 20, 2008 issue of the journal. Entitled "Who is Accountable for Racial Equity in Health Care?", it examines the troubling body of evidence that, on average, those who care for minority patients perform less well than those caring for non-minority patients. This is hardly surprising, because the limited resources of those who care for minority patients have helped to create and sustain racial disparities.
"As the United States enters an era of accountability in health care, it is time to consider these familiar circumstances from a new perspective," according to the article, a copy of which can be read in full by clicking the link below.
Professor Blustein teaches courses in statistics, program evaluation and research methods at NYU Wagner. Her research focuses on the dynamics underlying differences in health and health care among older Americans with chronic illnesses. She has been the principal investigator in studies of the impact of cardiac service availability on service use, and on the relationship between the Medicare benefit and health service equity.
At New York University, she chairs one of the three university Institutional Review Boards or IRBs (the University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects). She is the founding director of the IRB Initiative, a resource for issues around federal regulation of human subjects research, as it applies to research and education in policy and management.
Faculty Honored for Research on the Racial Test Score Gap
Leanna Stiefel receiving the fist annual L. Douglas Wilder Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy
NYU Wagner Professors Leanna Stiefel, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Ingrid Gould Ellen have won the first annual L. Douglas Wilder Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy. The award was given for their recent article in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management entitled "Disentangling the Racial Test Score Gap: Proving the Evidence in a Large Urban School District."
The Standing Panel on Social Equity of the Washington, D.C.-based National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a 40-year-old organization, honored the professors at the Social Equity Leadership Conference on February 7, 2008, held at Arizona State University. The judges termed the work an example of exemplary scholarship and a substantial contribution to social equity, selecting it from a field of 15 finalists.
In the study, the professors measure the size and distribution of the racial and ethnic gaps in performance in New York City's elementary and middle schools. The data allow them to explore the role of many factors at the school and classroom level in shaping racial disparities. They are able to explain variations within and between schools, using a complete census of students. They also complement their analyses of the black/white test score gaps - standard in the research literature - with a wider focus that also compares whites with Hispanics and Asians.
Professors Stiefel, Schwartz and Ellen teach at NYU Wagner, while Professor Schwartz - who also teaches at NYU Steinhardt - directs NYU's Institute for Education and Social Policy, a partnership of Wagner and Steinhardt.
NYU Wagner Convenes Panel on Juvenile JusticeOn Friday, February 8, 2008, NYU Wagner hosted, before a full-house in the Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, a panel discussion titled "Transforming Juvenile Justice in New York State," with Gladys Carrion, who as commissioner of the state Office of Children & Family Services is in charge of 35 juvenile detention facilities holding some 2,000 detainees. Participants on the panel included Wagner Dean Ellen Schall, Mishi Faruqee of the Juvenile Justice Project (part of the Correctional Association of New York), and Meredith Wiley of Invest in Kids: Fight Crime (an association of local law enforcement officials). Professor Dennis Smith introduced the discussion and El Diario's Opinion Editor, Erica Gonzalez, moderated it. As was noted - and highlighted in a Feb. 10 column on the forum by Errol Louis of the New York Daily News-- a striking 80 percent of the young men and women who are sent to New York's juvenile justice facilities wind up returning or going on to adult prisons within three years. Commissioner Carrion outlined her plans to close several under-utilized facilities -- "jails," she termed them -- and move casework services to the communities where most detainees come from.
Missing: Hard Data and Analysis on Microcredit
Microfinance's global acclaim has been fueled, in part, by anecdotes about cash-strapped micro-entrepreneurs propelled out of poverty by bits of extra cash in the form of microloans. But research by NYU Wagner's Professor of Public Policy and Economics Jonathan Morduch shows that little actually is known about the magnitude of very poor people who benefit from microloans -- or to what degree. The evidence that does exist, meanwhile, is flawed.
Professor Morduch is a leading microfinance expert, the co-author of the 2005 book "The Economics of Microfinance" (MIT Press), and lead researcher of the NYU Wagner-based Financial Access Initiative supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On January 21, 2008, he delivered a Distinguished Lecture hosted by the Center for Analytical Finance of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. Entitled "Microfinance: The Next Capitalist Revolution?", the presentation focused on expanding concepts of microfinance to meet the needs of the next generation of unbanked customers. The lecture focused on consumer finance, livelihoods strategies, and the roles of the private and poverty sector.
While in India, Professor Morduch also delivered presentations at the Reserve Bank of India, the Delhi School of Economics, and the National Council on Applied Economic Research.
Professor Morduch also visited Japan in December, 2007, where he gave the keynote speech at a symposium on microfinance attended by academics, policymakers, and bankers, held at the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. He delivered talks at Kobe University, the University of Tokyo, and the Ministry of Finance.
Friday, February 1, 2008, Professor Morduch discusses his groundbreaking new paper, "How Can the Poor Afford Microfinance," at the First Annual Forum on Financial Access, hosted at New York University by the Financial Access Initiative. The conference, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes a student debate competition moderated by a senior writer and editor from The Economist and discussions by leading experts on microfinance and poverty. For further information, click below.
The Depletion of the Federal Service
Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, gave the 2007 Elmer Staats Lecture at the National Academy of Public Administration. Professor Light delivered a paper titled "A Government Ill Executed: The Depletion of the Federal Service," built from his research for a forthcoming book, due out in May, 2008. The paper's title comes from Alexander Hamilton's warnings in Federalist No. 70 about the danger of bad government. "More than 200 years later, however, the federal government seems plagued by bad execution," he writes.
Professor Light is a nationally known expert on the federal bureaucracy and organizational performance in the public and nonprofit sectors.
To read the full paper, click the link below.
Congress, Defense Issues, and the Future
NYU Wagner's Brademas Center for the Study of Congress held a well-attended and timely forum Dec. 14, 2007, on how the U.S. Congress can come to grips with looming defense issues such as the War on Terror, changes in force structure, Department of Defense reform, and base closings. The question addressed by the panel convened by Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at Wagner, was, "How can Congress address these defense issues before they become intractable?" Part of a series of Brademas Center discussions on Congressional decision making titled "Legislating for the Future," the forum took place in the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C., and included leading scholars on defense: Paul K. Davis, Principal Researcher, The Rand Corporation; Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution.
Click the link below to view C-SPAN's coverage of the forum.
Through forums such as this, the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress - at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service - seeks to advance understanding of the powers, processes and political character of the U.S. Congress among scholars, students pursuing careers in public service, those working on Capitol Hill, and the public. It is named for its founder, the former U.S. Representative from Indiana (1959-81) and President Emeritus of New York University (1981-1992).
Rudin Center Report Examines Programmed Fare Increases
Linda M. Spock, Visiting Practitioner at the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, has produced a new report documenting and synthesizing the experience of a dozen transit agencies that have implemented or tried to implement programmed fare increases -- those that occur on a regular and/or inflation-related basis as opposed to an "as-needed" basis. The transit agencies ranged widely in size, mission, and location, from New Jersey to the San Francisco Bay area. Often, they didn't know others' experiences with similar fare approaches. But taken together, according to the November, 2007, report, their experiences "suggest the importance of clearly communicating the need for regular fare increases to transit customers in the context of agencies' efforts to maintain service, constrain costs, and address customer needs and concerns.
"In short," the report continues, "customers appear to be willing to pay increasingly higher fares on a regular basis if they feel they clearly benefit from reliable transit service, the agency does its 'fair share' in contributing to the most efficient and cost effective operation possible, and the fare increases are small and predictable."
Ms. Spock has served as the NYU Wagner Rudin Center's Visiting Practitioner since 2001. A respected transportation expert, she played a key role in establishing E-ZPass as a regional electronic toll collection system. Following an 11-year career at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, she began her own consulting firm and has been Principal since 1994, conducting research,writing, and project coordination for individual agencies, multi-agency groups, and national and international organizations.
The Rudin Center was established in 1996 at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and named in September, 2000, in recognition of a generous gift to New York University in support of the Center. It is currently led by the Center's Director, Allison L. C. de Cerreno, Ph.D. Its mission is to provide the tools for strengthening institutions and leadership within and across all modes of transportation, and for encouraging innovative thinking, discourse, and action on urban transportation policy, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
To read the full report, please click below.
Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Oct. 11-13
On October 11th, 12th and 13th, the Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) -- the premier arts and cultural policy conference - will be conducted for the first time in more than a decade in New York City, and the first time ever at NYU. The 33rd annual conference, which was held last year in Vienna, Austria, will be chaired by NYU Wagner Professor Ruth Ann Stewart. It begins Thursday evening, Oct. 11, 2007, with an opening reception in the Puck Building in Manhattan, the landmark home of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. About 200 scholars, artists, and cultural-organization leaders from 26 countries and 22 states throughout the U.S. are expected to attend the conference and share their professional experience and research findings through papers and panels. The six conference themes are: Artists, Activism, and Social Change; Leadership in, of, and through the Arts; Sustaining Cultural Industries and Organizations; Role of the Arts in Bridging Ethnic, Cultural, and Regional Differences; Cultural Planning, Development, and Economics; Urban Revitalization and the Arts.
The online conference schedule can be found at http://stpa.culture.info. Anyone interested in attending this exciting event may contact the Conference Coordinator, Darren Flusche, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Furman Center Sees Sharp Rise in Sub-prime Mortgages in NYCIn October, 2007, the website Gotham Gazette interviewed NYU Wagner Professor Ingrid Ellen and NYU School of Law Professor Vicki Been about "2006 State of New York City Housing and Neighborhoods," a widely cited report of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy operated jointly by Wagner and the Law School. As the Q@A reflects (click below), the Center has found a dramatic increase in subprime loans to individuals with problematic credit histories, as well as high rates of foreclosures in some parts of the city. Professor Ellen, Co-director of the Furman Center (Professor Been is Director), also addressed the issue of subprime mortgages and their impact on minority communities at an Oct. 4, 2007, forum at the Wagner School with Sarah Gerecke, CEO, Neighborhood Housing Services of NYC. That forum, "Risking the American Dream," was sponsored by the Students of African Descent Alliance Wagner Student Group. On October 15, the New York Times featured an article on the Furman Center analysis on sub-prime lending, entitled "Racial Disparity Found Among New Yorkers with High-Rate Mortgages." The Times also published an editorial on the Furman Center analysis in the Oct. 17 edition.
Prof. Paul Light Assesses True Size, and Current Effectiveness, of Federal Government
From the resignations of top White House officials to staffing gaps riddling many federal agencies, NYU Wagner Professor Paul Light was frequently called upon during August, 2007, to size up the capability of the national government. Professor Light's expertise appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today and other national media. "We are not hiring many employees outside of the war on terrorism, which is leaving many agencies under-resourced for their mission," he told Washington Post reporter Henri Cauvin. His research on federal job outsourcing was cited by the Washington Post's John McQuaid in an essay entitled "The Can't-Do Nation: Is America Losing Its Knack for Getting Big Things Done?" To read Professor Light's August, 2006, research brief entitled "The True Size of Government," click on the link below. He is the founding principal investigator of the Organizational Performance Initiative, a research project at Wagner for which the paper was written.
Rudin Center's Director Agrees with Proposed Transit Fare Increase
Citing the challenge of falling tax revenue and growing costs, NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Policy and Management Director Allison C. de Cerreño said in an interview with Bloomberg News that a fare increase is necessary. She suggested that future increases take place according to a regular schedule.
"Whether it's this year or next year, at some point they are going to have to raise fares,'' she said in the article published July 25, 2007. ``It's going to be helpful if they can find a way to raise fares on a more regular basis.''
New York's MTA announced plans to increasethe transit fare to close the budget gap of about $965 million on July 25.
NYU Wagner Rudin Center's Director to Chair Freight Policy Research ProjectNYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management's Director, Dr. Allison C. de Cerreño, has been named Panel Chair of the National Cooperative Freight Research Program's (NCFRP) project on the impact of public policy on the freight transportation system. For more information on the project, click below.
'Nest' Program for Autistic Kids Grows
Dorothy Siegel of NYU's Institute for Education and Social Policy helped the city Department of Education to create the "Nest" program for autistic children in 2003. According to a May 25, 2007, article in the New York Daily News, this successful program, which puts kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the same class with other students, is growing. Come September, it will be available to 200 kids. Once it is implemented across the city, it could benefit as many as 2,000 children.
Founded in 1995, the Institute for Education and Social Policy is a partnership between the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. It conducts scientific research about U.S. education and related social policy issues to help inform educational institutions about the effectiveness of instructional programs, the impact of school reform initiatives, and the relationships between academic achievement, school finance and socio-economic and demographic factors such as poverty, ethnicity and immigration status. It is led by Wagner Professors Amy Ellen Schwartz (director) and Leanna Stiefel (associate director).
To read the article, click below.
Prof. Rodwin's Work on World Cities and Population Aging is Highlighted
"What do New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo have in common? A lot, it turns out." So begins the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new profile of NYU Wagner Prof. Victor Rodwin's research on world cities, titled "How Are World Cities Responding to the Challenges of Population Aging?" Prof. Rodwin is their featured researcher in their "Research in Profile" series for May, 2007.
Meanwhile, Prof. Rodwin was the subject of a full-page interview in Le Monde on May 19 in connection with Michael Moore's much-anticipated film on health care.
Prof. Rodwin is the author and editor of several books. His most recent: "Universal Health Insurance in France: How Sustainable." He is the director of the World Cities Project (WCP) a joint venture of the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA), Columbia University's Mailman School, and New York University's Wagner School.
Where Aging Population Calls Home: Big CitiesIn a talk at Harvard Univesity, Victor Rodwin, professor of health policy and management at NYU Wagner, explained that big cities such as New York, London, Paris and Tokyo - and certain neighborhoods within them- have become havens for older adults. "The cities will be where older people live," said Professor Rodwin, speaking at an April 20, 2007 symposium entitled "Perspectives From the Future: Tomorrow's World as Defined by Today's Research and Planning."