Dean's E-News | August 15, 2016
August 15, 2016
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Awards and Grants

Ann-Margaret Esnard and Betty Lai (School of Public Health) were awarded a $293,177 National Science Foundation grant for their two-year research project, “Characterizing School Recovery After Disasters: Can We Optimize Academic Recovery?”  More details on the grant award can be found at:

Katherine Willoughby was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Aaron Wildavsky Award by the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM). She will be honored at ABFM’s annual conference at the University of Washington in Seattle, October 7, 2016. This lifetime achievement award was established in memory of Dr. Aaron Wildavsky, a pioneering scholar in the field of government, budgeting, public policy and policy analysis. For more information about the award and ABFM, check out the website at


James Cox, Kershbamer, R., & Neururer, D. (2016). What is Trustworthiness and What Drives It? Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 98, 197-218.

Yongsheng Xu & Pattanaik, P. On Measuring Multidimensional Deprivation. Journal of Economic Literature, forthcoming.

Recent Publications in the Center for State and Local Finance and the Fiscal Research Center
Check out some of the recent publications in the Center for State and Local Finance and the Fiscal Research Center at:


Paula Stephan was an invited distinguished speaker The International Schumpeter Society meetings in Montreal, Canada, July 7, 2016.  The title of her talk was “The Bias Against Novelty: A Cautionary Tale for Users of Bibliometric Indicators.”
Vjollca Sadiraj presented a paper, “Political Institutions and Welfare: An Experimental Examination of the 'Right to Recall,'” (co-authored with Sally Wallace and Sarah Mansour) at the Western Economic Association International conference in Portland, Oregon, July 3, 2016.
James Cox presented a six-day workshop on “Experimental Economics at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China, May 23-June 2, 2016. Workshop and lecture topics were: 
  • “Status Quo Fairness Game using EFG” 
  • “Direct Tests of Individual Preferences for Efficiency and Equity”
  • “Status Quo Effects in Fairness Games: Acts of Commission vs. Acts of Omission”
  • “Dictator Games Using ZTREE”
  • “Moral Costs and Rational Choice: Theory and Experimental Evidence”
  • “Market Institutions and Tax Incidence”
  • “Tax Incidence Experiment using MarketLink”
  • “Payoff Mechanisms Experiment”
  • “Paradoxes and Mechanisms for Choice under Risk”
The Georgia Health Policy Center presented certificates to the first graduates (pictured) of the Health Care Finance and Systems Thinking Learning Series on July 21, 2016. The series was developed for senior leaders in the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Medical Assistance Plans Division, which administers Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids. The learning series provides a look into health policy topics including the impact of health status on the state of Georgia, innovations in health care financing and delivery systems, and health coverage and access using a systems thinking approach.

Community and Special Events

The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and the Atlanta Police Foundation, recently hosted a leadership development program to train Israel police leaders on leadership development matters, which included them attending a City of Atlanta cabinet meeting. The Israel police leaders also presented Mayor Reed with artwork from the City of Jerusalem.   Pictured here (left-right) are: Steven Heaton, GILEE executive associate director; Shawn Jones, assistant chief, APD; David Rosenthal, major, Leadership Development Center, Israel Police; Col. Maoz Benshabu, Israel Police; Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta; Chief George Turner, APD; Robert Friedmann, GILEE founding director; Lt. Col. Amir Arzani, Israel Police; and Maj. Ofir Zion Biron, Israel Police.  Mayor Reed firmly reiterated his support for the continuing professional ties and relationship between the APD and the Israel Police.


David Sjoquist and his report for the Center for State and Local Finance, Employment and Wage Trends in Manufacturing, received the following media attention:
Greg Lewis was quoted in the Federal News Radio broadcast, “Agency Leadership, Job Satisfaction Matter in Feds’ Decisions to Retire,” August 5, 2016.
Carlianne Patrick was quoted in the Reporter Newspapers’ article, “State Farm, Transwestern Get $780M in Dunwoody Tax Break Bonds,” August 5, 2016.
Robbie Friedmann was quoted in a Jerusalem Post opinion piece, “All Lives Matter,” August 7, 2016.
Greg Streib was quoted in the Montgomery Advertiser article, “Study:  Montgomery is Alabama’s Best-Run City,” July 29, 2016.

Paula Stephan’s research was cited or she was quoted in the following media:

Participants from the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), who were hosted by Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, were featured in the Cherokee Tribune Ledger News article, “Goshen Valley Hosts Young African Leaders,” July 26, 2016.
The Fiscal Research Center was cited in the WABE 90.1 broadcast, “Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Begins Saturday,” July 28, 2016. 


The Georgia Health Policy Center welcomed three new staffers:
  • Jessica Adkins, elite trainer, Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health
  • Lisa McGarrie, research associate II, community health systems development team
  • Jessica Smith, senior research associate, the Medicaid policy and business team

Alumni News

Congratulations to Elizabeth Searing (Ph.D., Public Policy, ’15) on winning the Best Dissertation Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management for “Beyond Liabilities: Survival Skills for the Young, Small, and Not-for-Profit.” Searing is an assistant professor of public administration and policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY).
Scott Richards (B.S., Criminal Justice, ’94) was named the new Deputy Police Chief for the Decatur Police Department in Decatur, Ga.
Did you know? In 2001, Professor Ronald Cummings was named a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
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