News

  • A peek into how policy-related research is being put into practice in Philly, from Fels Policy Research Initiative’s first conference.

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  • In April 2017, Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy hosted distinguished academic Per Krusell, visiting scholar with the Economics Department.

  • The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. We are excited to issue a Call for Proposals for two opportunities, Working Groups and Conferences, with funding up to $15,000 for each project. To learn more about past grants awarded, please see the Projects section of our website.

  • Studies of human genetic variation have long discounted the existence of biological human races. In fact, evolutionary biologists and geneticists have found that the variations in human groups is less than is typically seen in most other mammals.

  • The Fels Policy Research Initiative in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania has announced eight collaborative grant recipients. Each will be awarded as much as $15,000 in support of three new working groups and five conferences, designed to further interdisciplinary partnerships.

  • “There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals,” a recent ProPublica article contended, “and it’s biased against blacks.” The software referred to is COMPAS, a risk-assessment program created to evaluate the likelihood of an offender committing a future crime. An analysis by ProPublica found that COMPAS was almost twice as likely to incorrectly flag black defendants as having a high-risk of recidivism.

  • In the 1976 case General Electric Company v. Gilbert, the Supreme Court held that an insurance policy that declined to cover pregnancy did not discriminate on the basis of sex. The court concluded that the plan did not exclude anyone from benefit eligibility because of gender, but rather just removed pregnancy from the list of compensable disabilities.

  • Fels Policy Research Initiative is committed to increasing the impact of Penn’s policy research. This announcement describes the third of three new requests for proposals for the 2016-17 academic year.

  • The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to support conferences that address public policy issues by bringing together Penn faculty and policymakers. In recognition of the critical role conferences play in disseminating and translating research, we will sponsor up to five conferences during the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. Because policy topics characteristically span the disciplinary boundaries of the academy, Fels PRI’s Collaborative Working Group Grants will support the formation of faculty working groups that gather a variety of perspectives around a topic.