Research Quick Take

Here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), our faculty have been quite busy! Here are some of the projects that our faculty have recently published.

“The Conditional Nature of Political Risk: How Home Institutions Influence the Location of Foreign Direct Investment” by Dr. Quintin Beazer and Daniel J. Blake

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In his recent article, Dr. Beazer examines what determines whether countries’ institutions attract or deter investment. He argues that host institutions’ attractiveness depends on firms’ home environment. Using multiple data sets at different levels of analysis, he finds that states with independent judiciaries are particularly attractive to investment from countries also possessing independent courts. Similarly, countries with low judicial independence disproportionately send FDI to countries lacking independent judiciaries. These findings’ implications challenge conventional wisdom: “Good” institutions may not attract all investors, and “bad” institutions may not always deter, as current research suggests.

“Perceived unfair treatment by police, race, and telomere length: a Nashville community-based sample of black and white men” by Michael McFarland, John Taylor, Cherly A.S. McFarland, and Katherine L. Friedman

FSU researcher finds link between police mistreatment and psychological  damage

In his recent article, Dr. McFarland examines whether police maltreatment, whether experienced personally or indirectly through one’s family or friends, represents a structurally rooted public health problem that disproportionately affects minorities. Using data from a community sample of black and white men in Nashville, he finds that black men are more likely to report unfair treatment by police (UTBP) than white men, and that those reporting UTBP have shorter telomeres. These results draw a link between police treatment and health status among minorities.

Incremental advancements in public health adaptation to climate change in Floridaby Tisha Holmes and David Eisenman

Tisha Holmes | Department of Urban & Regional Planning

In her recent article, Dr. Holmes examines the barriers to climate change adaptation, including lack of financial resources, limited technical capacity and prohibitive politics. To do so, she examines Florida’s pilot adaptation projects proposed by county public health departments and supported by the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects program, interviewing state program administrators and project managers at the county level. She finds that increasing the funding for pilot projects help move beyond the preparatory groundwork stage to broader, more sustained adaptation actions.

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