Evans School News

Paying a Premium - Sharon Kioko, Research Seminar Series

On May 11, Evans School Associate Professor Sharon Kioko discussed her research on the “Impact of Bankruptcy Eligibility Requirements and Statutory Liens on Borrowing Costs” as part of the Evans School Research Seminar Series. Kioko said her inspiration for the working paper, which covers all 50 U.S. states’ fiscal rules for municipalities, came from a 2010 episode of “60 Minutes”.

“The show said there was a defaults crisis...

Evans School Ph.D. Program Celebrates 10 Years

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management program at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance – the first such doctoral program in Washington state. Since 2006, we have increased the size of our entering classes, added a certificate program, and graduated numerous award-winning policy and management scholars whose professional placements at research universities and nonprofit and governmental organizations worldwide reflect the diversity of research interests in the school.

Evans School Ph.D students receive training in public...

M.V. Lee Badgett Discusses Developing Public Intellectuals

On May 2, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Economics Professor M.V. Lee Badgett explained how professors can become public intellectuals and influential policy advisors, during an installment of the Evans School Research Seminar Series in the Denny Forum in Parrington Hall. The talk was based on her most recent book, “The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World.”

Prof. Badgett described three characteristics shared by successful advisors: they are good at “seeing the...

Dr. Constance Rice (MPA '70) to Speak at Evans School’s 2016 Convocation Ceremony

On June 9, Dr. Constance Williams Rice will offer more than words during her keynote address at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance Convocation; her distinguished career will offer the new graduates a nearly perfect model of public service. And, as a fellow Evans School graduate, Dr. Rice can welcome the Class of 2016 to an alumni community of more than 4,000.

“Constance Rice is the consummate citizen servant,” said Sandra O. Archibald, the Dean of the Evans School. “As an educator, nonprofit executive, leader and innovator, she represents the...

Yanfang Su Looks at Impacts of Drug Policies in China

On April 25, Yanfang Su described the significant impact of China’s drug-price change on patients and hospitals, as part of the Evans School Research Seminar Series. Su, a policy consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that patients’ per-visit and per-drug expenses decreased after the Chinese government eliminated the standard 15-percent markup on prescription drugs. 

Su’s analysis of data from county hospitals (“Impact of China’s ‘Zero-markup Policy for Essential Drugs’ on patients, county hospital revenue and...

Robert Klitgaard Discusses "Deep Roots" of International Development

On April 20, University Professor at Claremont Graduate University Robert Klitgaard presented his research into the implications of geography, climate, and human genetic characteristics on international development outcomes. The talk (based on the paper “Development Given Geography, Climate, and Genes,” with Penn State University Professor Johannes Fedderke and Stanford University Professor Valerio Napolioni), urged academics to ponder how policies might take advantage of ongoing advances in genetic research. The talk was part of the Evans School Research Series.

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Evans School Encourages You To #GiveBig

 

On May 3rd the Evans School is participating in the Seattle Foundations #GiveBig campaign, and highlighting the exceptional work of our students and alumni working in the Seattle nonprofit sector. The Evans School prepares leaders in the nonprofit sector through programs like our Nonprofit Management Certificate and Public Service Clinics. Our students completed projects for...

Reich identifies flaws in foundations, offers significant solutions

On April 14, Rob Reich, professor of political science at Stanford University, delivered his talk, “Repugnant to the Whole Idea of Democracy? On the Role of Foundations in Democratic Societies,” as part of the Evans School Research Seminar Series.

After a brief look at foundations’ historical features (in the U.S., they have been recipients of a charitable contribution since only 1917), Professor Reich argued that foundations have three structural characteristics that make them threats to democratic...

Bostrom Presents Results of Climate Change Deep Dive

A team of 13 students working with Professor Ann Bostrom presented the results of their “deep dive” into climate change to the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) on March 17 in Mary Gates Hall.  At CIG’s request, the team evaluated a prototype of the “Time of Emergence” (ToE) tool, designed by CIG to communicate projected local climate changes of relevance to state agencies. CIG Director Amy Snover said the presentation has “already expanded how we...

On Governing: Preparing for Rainy Days & Recessions

Most of us plan how we’ll use our most valuable resources: time and money. Making a schedule for our work hours and our weekends helps us balance work and family life. As important, we make budgets so our housing costs get paid, groceries bought, and free time enjoyed. It makes sense to stash a little cash for rainy days, too, just in case the unexpected happens.

State budget officials must do something similar; they just have a much bigger amount of money, a much bigger “family” to protect, and countless potential unexpected events. They must plan how to allocate...