Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

The Center has sponsored a variety of academic research workshops featuring faculty speakers from the Departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology who present and share their ongoing research efforts with other faculty colleagues and students. These workshops are designed to provide a space where faculty members can share their research findings with those both inside and outside their departments, and gain invaluable feedback from colleagues and students. 

Below we list some past examples of prior interdisciplinary workshops: 

Citizen Valuation of Policing by Andrew Jordan, Assistant Professor of Economics 

Abstract: There is an apparent tradeoff between violent crime and police use of force, but we know little about how citizens weigh this tradeoff. We elicit vaulations of crime and policing via a survey that asks respondents to select among apartments with different rents, ameniites, and neighborhood policing characteristics. On average, respondents are willing to pay four times more to decrease use of force than violent crime. When respondents are informed about inconsistent body-worn camera activation by local police, they become more willing to pay both to decrease crime and force and to improve housing amenities. 

Explaining the Redistribution Gap: Inequality, Tax Policy Design, and Ideology by Guillermo Rosas, Professor of Political Science 

Abstract: Redistribution efforts have lagged behind the long-term increase in inequality observable in most democracies. We investigate three explanations for this redistribution gap: a widespread insensitivity to inequality, weak preferences over the equalization potential of tax plans, and limited updating of tax reforms' perceived ideological positions. We devise several experiments creating exogenous variation in the level and structure of inequality and tax poicy design that we field to samples of the adult population in Denmark, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Individuals are slightly more supportive of taxing the rich as inequality increases. Moreover, mass preferences strongly depend on the equalization potential of tax reforms: individuals value more progressivity, low tax intensity, and poor-friendliness. Inequality also fails to induce meaningful shifts in the perceived ideological positions of tax reforms. We leverage these results to perofrma a stochastic frontier analysis identifying the relationships between tax reforms' equalization impact and public support. 

Displaced and Unsafe: The Legacy of Settler Colonial Racial Capitalism in the U.S. Rental Market by Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Abstract: Unsafe rental units are disproportionately located in communities of color, resulting in numerous detrimental effects for resident's health and socioeconomic well-being. Research examining how renters perceive and experience housing quality issues has largely ignored Indigenous residents. Using multiple methods, I and my co-authors examine the mechanisms of rental housing inequity and how long-income renters experience such inequities. We draw on in-depth interviews with 43 low-income American Indian, Black, Latinx, and White renters across two research sites, examining their perceptions and experiences of racialized dispossessing. We find that exept for American Indian renters in our sample with same-Tribe landlords or property managers, low-income renters of color routinely experience other-race landlord and property manager non-responsiveness to housing quality and safety issues and perceive landlords and property managers racilizing them as inferior.

To view related information on Korver-Glenn's research, visit our Working Paper Series page