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.

Organizational politics, work attitudes and performance: the moderating role of age and public service motivation (PSM)by Jungwon Park and Keon-Hyuing Lee

In his recent article, Dr. Keon-Hyuing Lee explores how the perception of organizational politics affects the performance and work attitudes including job satisfaction and commitment of public employees, and how age and public service motivation (PSM) moderate the politics perceptions–outcomes relationship. The interactive relationship between organizational politics and age or PSM on the one hand and performance and job attitudes on the other was examined using a sample of public employees from the central government in South Korea. He finds that politics perceptions in organizations lower organizational commitment and individual performance.

“Contracting-out care: The socio-spatial politics of nursing home care at the intersection of British Columbia’s labor, land, and capital markets” by Sage Ponder, Andrew Longhurst, and Margaret McGregor

Sage Ponder - Department of Geography

In her recent article, Dr. Ponder examines how the provincial health services labor market was fundamentally altered in 2002 with the introduction of a series of legislative and policy changes enabling the contracting-out, or subcontracting, of care workers in nursing home facilities in order to encourage private sector investment in nursing home infrastructure and provision. To do so, she interviews front-line workers and provincial and Health Authority administrators. She finds that these legislative changes related to provincial budget concerns splintered a specialized labor market, eroding both working and caring conditions, and exposing eldercare in British Columbia, Canada to the speculative dynamics of finance.

“Who responds to changes to the federal adoption tax credit? Evidence from Florida” by Luke P. Rodgers and Cullen T. Wallace

In his recent article, Dr. Rodgers examines whether the federal adoption tax credit (ATC) has a positive impact on the number of adoptions or if it merely transfers resources to households who would have adopted anyway. The ATC has primarily been a nonrefundable tax credit, but in 2010 and 2011 the full amount (over $13,000) was available as a refundable tax credit, representing a substantial increase in the benefit to lower- and middle-income families. Using county-level data from Florida, he estimates an increase of 265 additional public adoptions over what would be expected at the end of 2011. 

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