Research Award Spotlight: COSSPP Faculty Win McKnight Fellowships

Two faculty members of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy are among the six Florida State University assistant professors receiving the Florida Education Fund’s (FEF) McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship, a program that promotes excellence in teaching and research by underrepresented minorities and women. Under the program, Assistant Professor of Economics Mackenzie Alston and…

Where Are They Now? Meet COSSPP Alum Christopher Hiney

What have you been up to since you graduated? I graduated in Spring 2021 with a B.S. in Economics. Since graduation I have started my career as an Officer with the U.S. Air Force. I am stationed at NAS Pensacola. Currently I am training towards becoming a Combat Systems Officer. Once qualified I am looking…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Katie Sherron from the Department of Economics

Why did you decide to become an academic?  I just really love school!  I’ve always enjoyed learning and teaching, especially mathematics.  I gravitated toward economics because I had amazing teachers and professors.  I found out that a big part of economics was straight-forward reasoning and stories set to mathematics.  I took multiple economics courses with…

Research Spotlight: Preference Change in Competitive Environments

Competition is ubiquitous in human society. If competition affects the endogenous formation of political preferences, then it should in turn affect individuals’ values and attitudes towards candidates and policies. Therefore, participating in a competitive environment (i.e. institutional and/or social factors that affect incentives and behavior) should have considerable implications for how individuals behave politically. Competition…

Research Spotlight: Single-Family Rentals and Neighborhood Racial Integration

Neighborhood racial segregation remains to be an important social issue within America’s metropolitan areas. Extensive research has shown that segregation is associated with a wide range of disparities, including unequal access to education, employment, health care, and public goods. One possible contributing factor to segregation is that many minority households cannot afford housing in White…

Award Winning Teaching: Learning and Teaching from the Outside In

Academic writing, specifically textbooks and journals, are written much differently than most other forms.  Those other forms usually have a beginning, middle, and end.  The reader must start at the beginning to have any idea what the ending means.  In other words, the ending will be nonsense or confusing if the reader didn’t follow the…

Award Winning Research: Is the “Winner-Take-All Principle” Becoming Obsolete?

Many competitions in life—from innovation races and the assignment of bonuses in the workplace to college admissions and sports—are organized as tournaments. Participants expend effort or other resources and are rewarded based on the ranking of their performance. Those trying the hardest do not always win. While ability certainly plays a role, a nontrivial component…

Tallahassee Should Not Boost Minimum Wage Quicker than State Mandate

This post first appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. The consequences for local governments from implementing Florida’s constitutionally mandated $15 minimum wage are now being felt at the local levels. But if the budgetary direction and logic unfolding in Tallahassee is any indication, Florida taxpayers are on a rough road. The constitutional amendment requires local governments…