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COVID-19 Research & Resources

The Institute for Policy & Social Research has been tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the state of Kansas and, as a public service, IPSR has created a website that provides resources for people to see how COVID-19 is affecting the state and its economy. This website includes research presentations by economics professor Donna Ginther (and director of IPSR) that explain how policy has an economic impact on the state. Other links provide background data on demographics and healthcare and broadband access. Please visit https://ipsr.ku.edu/covid19/ for regular updates as new information becomes available.

Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates economic inequities for women in Kansas, new research shows

New research from the University of Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research, commissioned by United Women's Empowerment, shows that existing inequities for Kansas women in the workforce have increased since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2022/02/02/covid-19-pandemic-exacerbates-economic-inequities-women-kansas-new-research-shows
             https://ipsr.ku.edu/publicat/StatusofWomeninKansas2021.pdf

Institute prepares Native American students with skills to pursue advanced degrees in science

The eight-week Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute seeks to prepare INdigenous undergraduate students for graduate school through mentoring and learning experiences in and out of the classroom. The program started as the brainchild of Daniel Wildcat, professor of Indigenous and American Indian studies at Haskell Indian Nations University. In 2009, Wildcat teamed up with Joane Nagel, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas, to establish HERS as a key aspect of education initiatives for Kansas NSF EPSCoR. The program is currently run by Jay T. Johnson, director of the Center for Indigenous Science, Research, and Technology and professor of geography and atmospheric science at KU, Phillip Cody Marshall of Haskell Indian Nations University, and Joseph Brewer, associate professor in environmental studies and director of Indigenous Studies at KU.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2022/01/27/institute-prepares-native-american-students-skills-pursue-advanced-degrees-science

Use of 'China bashing' rhetoric reveals partisan divide, study finds

In the United States, China is increasingly targeted as the scapegoat for any problem involving the economy. But one of the nation's political parties has embraced the rhetoric of China-bashing to a much greater degree, according to new research co-written by KU professor Jack Zhang, assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas. "The partisan divide in U.S. congressional communications after the China shock" examines the partisan difference in congressional communication strategies that concern China and trade-related issues.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2022/01/24/use-china-bashing-rhetoric-reveals-partisan-divide-study-finds
             https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecpo.12207

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Research Spotlight

Research Released on the Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid in Kansas

Kansas is one of only 12 states that
have not expanded Medicaid under
the Affordable Care Act, despite the
federal government covering more
than 90 percent of the cost along
with additional federal incentives.
Kansas is now entirely bordered
by states that expanded Medicaid
following adoption of expansion in
Missouri and Oklahoma in 2021.

The REACH Healthcare Foundation provided funding to IPSR to study the impact of failure to expand Medicaid on Kansans. The research brief and report show that Kansans are spending more state resources on Medicaid, health care spending is increasing at a faster rate, and employee premiums for health care are increasing faster in Kansas than in states that expanded Medicaid. County mill levies for hospitals have also increased. There are many unexpected costs resulting from the state’s failure to expand Medicaid.



Kansas Statistical Abstract 2020   
The 55th Edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract is now available! The abstract is available EXCLUSIVELY online as a PDF file with individual pages available in Microsoft Excel and PDF. For more information and access to the data, please visit https://ipsr.ku.edu/ksdata/ksah/.

The Kansas Statistical Abstract was featured in a radio spot on the Jayhawk Radio Network, tune in or click the button below to play the clip now:
2021 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Please visit the conference site for details. Sessions were recorded and will be posted soon.

Recent Publications

Ginther, Donna K., Davut Ayan, and David J.G. Slusky, The Unexpected Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid in Kansas, sponsored by the REACH Foundation, May 2022.

Ayan, Davut, Donna K. Ginther, and David J.G. Slusky, Economic Costs to Kansas Due to State’s Failure to Expand Medicaid, sponsored by the REACH Foundation, May 2022.

The Governor's Council on Tax Reform, Final Report, January 2022.

Ginther, Donna K., Genna Hurd, Xan Wedel, Thomas Becker, and Patricia Oslund, The Status of Women in Kansas, sponsored by United WE, January 2022.

Ginther, Donna K, Nancy Cayton Myers, Thomas Becker, Lindsay Elliot Jorgenson, "Growing New Ventures and Jobs in Kansas: An in-depth Review of Entrepreneurship Activities and Policies in Kansas and How We Compare." Institute for Policy & Social Research, The University of Kansas (January 2020).

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Charles Epp and Donald Haider-Markel,“Beyond Profiling: The Institutional Sources of Racial Disparities in Policing,” Public Administration Review (forthcoming).

Maynard-Moody, Steven, “Punishing the Poor.” Book review essay, Social Service Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (Dec 2016).

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Michael Musheno, “'Playing the Rules’: Discretion Social and Policy Context”. In Peter Hupe, Michael Hill, and Aurélien Buffat, eds., Understanding Street-Level Bureaucrats (Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2016).

For other publications please visit our Publications Page.



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