March 3, 2020

Autumn 2019 – Research Report

Dafeng Xu: Bikeshare draws commuters out of cars, boosts cycle commuting 20%

When bike share programs enter American cities, U.S. Census Bureau survey data show significant shifts in how commuters get to work. The benefits include reduced traffic congestion and cleaner air. Assistant Professor Dafeng Xu’s analysis has been conditionally accepted to the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.  Read more

Mark Long: Promises of College Financial Aid Yield Benefits… But Maybe Not the Intended Impacts

Washington State’s College Bound Scholarship program offers a promise of financial aid to middle school students who pledge to do well and stay out of trouble in high school. In a series of recent papers, including one forthcoming in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Mark Long and co-authors, including Evans MPA alum Jordan Rooklyn, find only limited evidence that the program shifts behavior or leads more students to college degrees. Instead, the program appears to benefit students who would have likely attended college anyway.  Read more.

Ann Bostrom: To Act on Climate Change, You Gotta Believe

If you’re deeply concerned about climate change, but don’t believe government can effectively address it, how strongly will you support policy action? In joint work with Evans Ph.D. students Adam Hayes and Katherine Crosman, now published in Risk Analysis, Ann Bostrom reports the results of survey data documenting the important role of efficacy beliefs in driving support for climate change mitigation. Read more.

Joaquin Herranz: On Tour with Quadruple Bottom Line

When not busy preparing an invited manuscript for  JPART, Joaquin Herranz has been out on the road presenting his work on the Quadruple Bottom Line framework, characterizing how organizations can simultaneously pursue economic development, social equity, environmental sustainability, and creative cultural vitality. Read more.