New Models to Deliver Social Impact

New models to advance social impact include new organizational forms, financing models, public-private collaborations, and technologies. The Price Center seeks to advance the understanding and application of these models, including how technological innovation can be used to improve social outcomes.

Consumption Smoothing and Frequency of Benefit Payments of Cash Transfer Programs

American Economic Review

Year: 2017

We analyze two noncontributory Mexican pension programs for the elderly. Both paid similar amounts, but one paid monthly while the other paid every two months. The Life Cycle Hypothesis suggests frequency of benefits payments should not affect consumption smoothing, but … Continue reading


Designing Cash Transfer Programs for an Older Population

The Journal of the Economics of Ageing

Year: 2017

Aging populations and the prevalence of poverty in old age have led to the introduction of noncontributory pensions in many countries. We consider a number of alternative targeting approaches and simulate their effects in an empirical application in the State … Continue reading


Evaluating Teachers in the Big Easy: How Organizational Context Shapes Policy Responses in New Orleans

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Year: 2017

Although multiple-measure teacher evaluation systems have gained popularity in the United States, few studies have examined their implementation or how they are shaped by organizational context. New Orleans provides a strategic case to examine the enactment of a state teacher … Continue reading


A Systems Theory Approach to Innovation Implementation: Why Organizational Location Matters

Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Year: 2016

In this study, we evaluate the “success” of adopted innovations in public organizations as a function of the relative source of innovation vis-à-vis the organizational environment. We argue that the source of the innovation will be varyingly associated with subsequent … Continue reading


Innovation and a Return to the Status Quo: A Mixed-Methods Study of School Reconstitution

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Year: 2016

School reconstitution, a turnaround strategy that prescribes massive staffing turnover, is expected to result in more committed and capable school staff and innovative practices. However, little evidence supports this assumption. We use quasi-experimental designs to assess the impact of reconstitution … Continue reading


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