Les Lenkowsky published an article in America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History. The article, “The Gates Foundation,” details the history and impact of the largest grant-making foundation in the world. The article is part of a dictionary set that provides a transnational view of U.S. history, focusing on the role of Americans and the U.S. while analyzing how the world has influenced the U.S. and Americans.
Sergio Fernandez and his coauthors received the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award, presented to the authors of the best Public Administration Review article by an academic. Fernandez, former SPEA faculty member William G. Resh (University of Southern California), SPEA alumnus Tima Moldogaziev (University of Georgia), and Zachary W. Oberfield (Haverford College) authored “Assessing the Past and Promise of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey for Public Management Research: A Research Synthesis.”
Sameeksha Desai coauthored an article in the journal Small Business Economics: “Taxes, Corruption, and Entry.” Desai and coauthors Farzana Chowdhury, a SPEA doctoral student, and Maksim Belitski of the University of Reading, analyzed the interplay of tax policy, corruption, and market entry in 72 nations, using a series of panel estimations and robustness checks. Their main findings are, first, that higher tax rates and corruption each independently deter entry, and, second, that corruption can offset the discouraging effect of high tax rates. They recommend policymakers prioritize anti-corruption policies when targeting business environment reforms.
Matthew Baggetta published an article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly: “Representative Bridging: Voluntary Associations’ Potential for Creating Bridging Ties in Demographically Diverse Urban Areas.” Baggetta examined whether and how voluntary associations create connections between people across lines of demographic difference.
Justin Ross published an article in Public Budgeting and Finance. “Indiana’s Property Tax Caps: Old Idea, New Approach, and Surprising Incentives” examines the implications of property tax limits for overlapping local governments in Indiana. The article by Ross and SPEA students Madeline Farrell and Lang Kate Yang compares Indiana’s system and its unusual incentives with the systems used by other states. The authors argue that Indiana’s approach creates structural deficits in local government finances that cannot be easily resolved with simple cuts in spending, and that local governments might benefit from developing a more coordinated budget process across the overlapping units as well as a formal “rebudgeting” process that occurs after the deficits are known.
Todd Royer led an Indiana water quality demonstration project highlighted as part of the White House Water Summit. The Obama administration, in conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day, hosted the summit to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions. Royer and Professor Jennifer Tank of the University of Notre Dame are leading a team of academic, nonprofit, and government agency collaborators in the Indiana Watershed Initiative. The demonstration project pairs two promising conservation practices, winter cover crops and floodplain restoration of waterways, to quantify how watershed-scale conservation can improve water quality, and successfully meet national goals for reducing farm nutrient runoff by 40 percent.
Sarah Mincey coauthored “Is Planting Equitable? An Examination of the Spatial Distribution of Nonprofit Urban Tree- Planting Programs by Canopy Cover, Income, Race, and Ethnicity.” The article was published in Environment and Behavior. It examined the spatial distribution of treeplanting projects undertaken by four urban greening nonprofit organizations using a unique data set of tree-planting locations, land use data, and socioeconomic information. Among their findings: tree planting projects were significantly less likely to have occurred where there are greater percentages of African American or Hispanic residents.
Lisa Amsler was selected as a 2015 LERA Fellow by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. The honor recognizes scholars and practitioners who have made contributions of unusual distinction to the field and have been in the profession for longer than 10 years. The awards committee said of Amsler: “We were impressed with your outstanding, lifetime contribution to research that benefits the dispute resolution practitioner.” The committee cited Amsler for publishing the first empirical research into the “repeat player effect” in nonunion employment arbitration, for which she won LERA refereed paper competitions in 1997 and 1998, almost 20 years before the recent New York Times series on forced arbitration.
Brian DeLong, coach of the IU Debate Team, guided four IU debaters as they qualified for participation in the prestigious National Debate Tournament. It is the first time IU has qualified teams for the tournament in 23 years.