Conference Participation Record

Upcoming Events

November 3, 2014

GWIPP Policy Methods Workshop: 
"Dataset Construction, Manipulation, & Management Using Stata."
Eric Stokan, PhD Candidate, TSPPPA
Noon - 1:30 in Marvin Center 413

This is a brown bag seminar. Please RSVP to YoungG@gwu.edu.

Event Description: Often students and faculty in public policy and public administration that use quantitative analysis to seek answers to social phenomena receive excellent training in research design, research methods, statistical theory, and even applied statistics. Yet, most students and newly minted faculty members spend a considerable amount of time managing, cleaning, and preparing datasets for statistical analyses with little formal training. This 1.5 hour seminar provides description and examples of the most commonly needed tools to prepare a dataset for analysis in STATA. Topics to be addressed include how to merge and append datasets, how to rearrange or reshape datasets, and how to prepare documentation for quality control checks. Furthermore, some commands in STATA can be helpful for manipulating variables and computing new variables. This presentation will cover conditional statements, looping techniques, and advanced techniques for those using panel or longitudinal data. Finally, handouts will be provided to participants with other useful techniques in Excel and documentation for the STATA commands used in the presentation.


October 20, 2014

For a GWIPP Methods Seminar Professor Burt Barnow of TSPPPA presented an introduction to issues in using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate social programs. The seminar was intended to provide an introduction to the use of RCTs for people who have not studied the issue in depth. Topics covered included deciding whether an RCT is appropriate, establishing the right counter factual, dealing with no-shows and crossovers in the analysis, biases that arise even when RCTs are used, limitations of RCTs, and an introduction to establishing an appropriate sample size. See Prof. Barnow's presentation here

October 15, 2014

Andrew Reamer submitted recommendations to the White House Office of Management and Budget regarding the justification, design, distribution, and administration of the Commerce Department's proposed Competitiveness Enhancement Needs Assessment Survey.

October 14, 2014

Andrew Reamer provided suggestions to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the White House Office of Management and Budget for revising the 2014 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad to enable mapping of global value chains and the measurement of trade in value-added.

October 8, 2014

Andrew Reamer published an updated version of "Public and Private Sources of Education and Workforce Data," which provides summary profiles of 32 data sources in a table format.

September 23, 2014

In response to a White House request, Andrew Reamer submitted "Suggested Approach to Revising Strategy for American Innovation" for consideration by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council.

September 12, 2014

Andrew Reamer released three new papers on invention and economic growth. These are public versions of ones he produced for the Lemelson Foundation earlier this year. They are "The Impacts of Technological Invention on Economic Growth – A Review of the Literature," "Indicators of the Capacity for Invention in the United States," and "National Nonprofit Organizations That Inspire and Enable Invention and Invention-based Enterprises."

June 10, 2014

Hal Wolman has had Volume 1 and Volume 2 of his report, "National Fiscal Policy and Local Government during the Economic Crisis," published in GMF's Urban and Regional Policy Series.

May 29, 2014

Andrew Reamer presented "Efforts to Measure Trade in Value-Added and Map Global Value Chains: A Guide" at the Industry Studies Association Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. The powerpoint from this presentation are available online.

May 9, 2014

Andrew Reamer presented his recent research note on GDP estimates to the BEA Advisory Committee. The powerpoint of this presentation is available online.

April 25, 2014

Andrew Reamer has released the research note titled, "Stumbling into the Great Recession: How and Why GDP Estimates Kept Economists and Policymakers in the Dark."

April 23, 2014

Andrew Reamer posted online "Public and Private Sources of Education and Workforce Data," a spreadsheet.

April 12, 2014

Clarence Stone has been awarded the 2014 UAA Service Honor Roll for his outstanding scholarship, service, and mentoring that have advanced the field of Urban Affairs.

February 19, 2013

Dylan Conger has completed a revision to a working paper titled, Undocumented College Students in the United States: In-State Tuition Not Enough to Ensure Four-Year Degree Completion. The paper can be found on our Working Papers page.

January 16, 2013

Brandon Bartels, GWIPP Policy Research Scholar and Assistant Professor of Political Science, published "On the Ideological Foundations of Supreme Court Legitimacy in the American Public" in the January issue of the American Journal of Political Science.

October 25, 2012

We have released our annual call for Research Scholar Proposals. Please visit the Policy Research Scholar page for more information.

October 18, 2012

Research Professor Gregory Squires, along with Professor Marcus Raskin, has edited and published a book, Warfare Welfare: The Not-So-Hidden Costs of America's Permanent War Economy with Potomac Books, Inc. He has also published an article in the Journal of Urban Affairs, 34 (1): 29-33, titled "Beyond the Mobility versus Place Debate."

October 16, 2012

Research Assistant Eric Stokan will be giving a paper presentation next month at the APPAM Conference titled, "Developing Successful Policy Abandonment Practices for a Down Economy." Also, an article of his, "Justification for a State-Level Earned Income Tax Credit Expansion," has been selected for Policy Perspectives.

October 11, 2012

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration Dylan Conger received the Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration.

August 31, 2012

Former GWIPP Director Hal Wolman has been awarded the Norton Long Career Achievement Award by the American Political Science Association. Congratulations!

July 10, 2012

Policy Research Scholar Diana Burley has been appointed to the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee of the Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science.

Former Policy Research Scholar Michelle Stock has received a grant from the National Institute of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse.

May 31, 2012

Today is Hal Wolman's final day as Director of GWIPP. He will continue to teach in the Department of Political Science. Garry Young will replace Hal as Interim Director.

May 23, 2012

Research Professor David Brunori wrote an opinion article in The Christian Science Monitor titled, "Your employer may be pocketing your state income tax."

Research Professor Andrew Reamer is quoted in The New York Times, Sunday Review article, "The Beginning of the End of the Census?"

May 10, 2012

Former Research Professor Andrea Sarzynski andResearch Assistant Jeremy Larrieu have published an article in Energy Policy, titled, "The impact of state financial incentives on market deployment of solar techonology."

"Chronically-Distressed Metropolitan Area Economies," Travis St. Clair, Howard Wial (Brookings Institution), and Hal Wolman, April 2012. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Urban Affairs Association, April 2012.

May 3, 2012

Research Professor David Brunori is quoted in a Denver Post article, "Colorado school-supply tax-holiday bill draws wide support, disdain."



The George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) serves as a university-wide center for faculty and graduate students engaging in research on important public policy issues. GWIPP is a stand-alone unit reporting through Leo Chalupa (VP for Research) to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS) and the State and Local Fiscal Policy Research Program (SLFP) are housed within GWIPP.

GWIPP assists university faculty in preparing research proposals and budgets as well as managing funded public policy projects. GWIPP staff, research faculty, and graduate research assistants pursue a wide range of public policy research projects.

Additionally, GWIPP sponsors the Policy Research Scholars Program. This program, through a competitive process, provides support for faculty scholars writing research proposals. GWIPP also sponsors a series of events, including public policy research methods workshops, brown-bag lunch discussions amongst Policy Research Scholars, and other talks and conferences. Many of these are co-sponsored by other policy units in the university.

GWIPP coordinates closely with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) which offers a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration, a Master's of Public Policy, and a Master's of Public Administration.

GWIPP's Internal Steering Committee provides guidance for GWIPP and its operations. GWIPP's External Advisory Committee helps connect the research capabilities of GWIPP with policy issues so that careful policy research and evaluation can effectively inform the policy process.

Innovative Data Sources for Regional Economic Analysis
Conference: May 7-8, 2012

GWIPP is hosting this event to raise the awareness of policymakers, practitioners, and researchers about the wide array of innovative data sources and tools useful for regional economic development analysis and policy. To a large extent, these data sources are made possible by recent technological and methodological advances that greatly increase capacities to collect and analyze large volumes of data, widely disseminate these data and analyses, and display the results in informative, engaging ways.
The conference will be organized as a “data fair,” with simultaneous presentations from over 30 federal, commercial, and university data providers in a 3,900 SF space. Data user groups will be organized by self-identified areas of interest, such as entrepreneurship and workforce.
The conference webpage provides links to innovative data sources, identifies conference presenters, and indicates how to register.

Significant Features of the Property Tax Data Collection

This multi-year undertaking between the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and GWIPP aims to provide a rich compendium of data and information for policymakers, practitioners, elected officials, researchers, and journalists on the local property tax in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  It is inspired by and meant to replace, at least partially, the Significant Features of Fiscal Federalism report that the US Advisory Commission of Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) published annually before the Commission was disbanded in 1996.  This online database makes it easy to compare features of the property tax across states or to learn about the property tax in detail for one or more specific states.

Contact Cathy Collins at collins2@gwu.edu for information.



GWIPP sponsors a Public Policy Research Methods Workshop series each academic year. These workshops are intended to introduce faculty and graduate students to research methods relevant to public policy research. GWIPP also occasionally co-sponsors policy research events with other academic units throughout the university. If you would like to be notified of upcoming GWIPP events, please sign up for the GWIPP listserv.