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What's New

New conference strives to unite state's health economics community

With a $49,763 grant from the National Science Foundation, David Slusky, Associate Professor of Economics, will organize a series of conferences on health economics with a focus on Kansas. The inaugural Kansas Health Economics Conference will take place on March 23, 2020, and will gather researchers, students, and members of the wider health economics community. For more on these events, click the link below.

NSF grant supports study on how state cuts to higher education affect research output

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $236,790 grant to the University of Kansas for Donna Ginther, professor of economics and interim director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research, to study the effects of research funding on research outputs. Ginther will collaborate with Joshua Rosenbloom, professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Iowa State University. "The Effect of State Disinvestment in Higher Education on Research Quality and Returns to Scale in Science Funding" was awarded through NSF's Science of Science and Innovation Policy program and also included $313,624 in funding for Iowa State. Read more at the links below.

$1.4m NSF grant will support technology education for women post-incarceration

An interdisciplinary research team led by Hyunjin Seo, University of Kansas associate professor of digital/emerging media, Docking Faculty Scholar in the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications and fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, secured a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant to connect women post-incarceration to technology education. The project, "Technology Education for Women in Transition: Broadening Participation Through Innovations," will offer evidence-based technology education for women who have been recently released from incarceration. Seo's team includes Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender & sexuality studies, Megha Ramaswamy, association professor of population health, Marilyn Ault, director of Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortia, and Karin Chang, executive director of Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium. Baek-Young Choi and Sejun Song, associate professors in the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, are collaborating with the KU team on this project. Read more about their work at the links below.

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Research Spotlight

Wally Meyer and Genna Hurd’s project, funded through the Economic Development Administration and matching resources from KU donors and time commitments by faculty and program staff, focuses on economic development in Kansas. This grant is a collaboration between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Policy and Social Research. Working cooperatively with other Regents universities and regional programs, their work will protect jobs, introduce new ventures, grow existing businesses, and provide a superior experiential education for KU students by leveraging student-staffed programs. For more information about the award, visit:

Kansas Statistical Abstract 2018   
The 53rd 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

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Upcoming Events

2019 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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Recent Publications

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).

Schwarz, Corinne, Erik Unruh, Katie Cronin, Sarah Evans-Simpson, Hannah Britton, and Megha Ramaswamy. “Human Trafficking Identification and Service Provision in the Medical and Social Service Sectors.” 2016. Health and Human Rights Journal 18(1): 181-191.

Ginther, Donna K., Pat Oslund, Genna Hurd, and Xan Wedel. The Status of Women in Kansas and the Bi-State Region, sponsored by The Women's Foundation, February 2016.

Schwarz, Corinne and Hannah Britton. “Queering the Support for Trafficked Persons: LGBTQ Communities and Human Trafficking in the Heartland.” 2015. Social Inclusion 3(1): 63-75.

Weller, Travis and Allison C. Reeve. "Empirical Legal Research Support Services: A Survey of Academic Law Libraries", Law Library Journal, 107:3, 2015

Weller, Travis and Amalia Monroe-Gulick. "Differences in the Data Practices, Challenges, and Future Needs of Graduate Students and Faculty Members", Journal of eScience Librarianship, 4:1, 2015, DOI: 10.7191/jeslib.2015.1070

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