[gov3009-l] Research Workshop in Applied Statistics: January 29

Elizabeth Stuart stuart@stat.harvard.edu
Mon, 27 Jan 2003 08:44:00 -0500 (EST)

The first meeting of the Spring semester of Gov 3009, Research Workshop in
Applied Statistics, will be held this Wednesday, January 29 from 12-2.
The seminar meets in Room 22 of the Center for Basic Research in the
Social Sciences.  Lunch is provided.  See below for more information on
the Seminar.

The speaker this week is John de Figueiredo of the Sloan School at MIT,
speaking on "Academic Earmarks and the Returns to Lobbying".

The abstract follows.  A link to the full paper can be found at:

In this paper, we statistically estimate the returns to lobbying
by universities for educational earmarks (which now represent 10% of
federal funding of university research).  The returns to lobbying
approximate zero for universities not represented by a member of the
Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC)  or House Appropriations Committee
(HAC). However, the average lobbying university with representation on the
SAC receives an average return to one dollar of lobbying of $11-$17;
lobbying universities with representation on the HAC obtain $20-$36 for
each dollar spent. Moreover, we cannot reject the hypothesis that lobbying
universities with HAC or SAC representation set the marginal benefit of
lobbying equal to its marginal cost, although the large majority of
universities with representation on the HAC and SAC do not lobby, and thus
do not take advantage of their representation in Congress.  On average, 45
percent of universities are predicted to choose the optimal level of
lobbying.  In addition to addressing questions about the federal funding
of university research, we also discuss the impact of our results for the
structure of government.


Research Workshop in Applied Statistics


Jasjeet Sekhon (Government)
Garrett FitzMaurice (School of Public Health)
Lee Fleming (Business School)
Gary King (Government)
Donald Rubin (Statistics)
Christopher Winship (Sociology)

The Research Workshop in Applied Statistics is a forum for graduate
students, faculty, and visiting scholars to present and discuss work
in progress and exchange ideas.  It is intended as a tour of Harvard's
statistical innovations and applications with weekly stops in
different disciplines such as economics, epidemiology, medicine,
political science, psychology, public policy, public health, sociology and
statistics.  The topics of papers presented in previous years included
missing data, survey analysis, Bayesian simulation, sample selection,
and models for election and portfolio choice. Faculty and student
participants in the workshop present their current projects, and guest
speakers also give occasional presentations. The workshop provides an
excellent opportunity for informal interaction between graduate
students and faculty from a variety of disciplines. Course credit is
available for students as Government 3009. Lunch is provided.

The seminar meets in Room 22, Center for Basic Research
in Social Sciences (CBRSS, 34 Kirkland St., this is the yellow building
across the street from William James Hall). Contact information, previous
presentations, and the spring schedule may be found at the course web
site: http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~gov3009/

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