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Methods, Econometrics & Data Management

“Research methods” refer to both qualitative and quantitative methodologies for drawing inferences from data. At SPEA, research methods are informed by a variety of disciplinary fields, including economics, statistics, sociology, political science, and public administration. “Econometrics” refers to theoretical or applied work in statistics and economics, for the purpose of drawing inferences about economic phenomena. “Data management” refers to the process of collecting, validating, storing, protecting, and processing data so that it can be accessed and analyzed readily, reliably, and in a timely manner.

Faculty Members

Ashley Bowers

Clinical Assistant Professor

Seth Freedman

Assistant Professor

David Good

Associate Professor and Director, Transportation Research Center

Haeil Jung

Assistant Professor

Ashlyn Aiko Nelson

Associate Professor

Maureen Pirog

Rudy Professor

David Reingold

Professor and Executive Associate Dean for Bloomington

Barry M. Rubin

Professor and Policy Analysis and Public Finance Faculty Chair

Henry K. Wakhungu

Senior Lecturer

Joanna Woronkowicz

Assistant Professor

Nikolaos Zirogiannis

Visiting Assistant Professor

Faculty Research

Study: Voluntary support for public schools has grown, but not enough to offset tax losses

Researchers find students in high-poverty schools are less likely to benefit

Indiana University research: Improving table saw safety is a good investment

Adding automatic safety protection devices to table saws would prevent injuries and, despite the initial cost, save money in the long run, according to a new risk-benefit analysis co-authored by an Indiana University researcher John Graham.

Indiana nonprofit employment made gains despite recession

"Indiana Nonprofit Employment: 2009 Update" was prepared by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, professor at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and by graduate students Kellie McGiverin-Bohan, Jacob Knight, Katherine Novakoski and Virginia Simpson with assistance from Kristen Dmytryk and Jason Simons.

Indiana University report finds IRS revoked tax exemption for one in 10 Hoosier nonprofits

Nearly one in 10 registered Indiana nonprofit organizations lost their tax-exempt status last month for failing to file newly required paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service, according to an analysis led by an Indiana University faculty member and philanthropy expert.

Elinor Ostrom co-authors new book on collaboration

Advances in social sciences research methods have led to debates over which specific method is best suited for particular projects, and have also caused researchers to become isolated.

SPEA Professor presents research at national conference

Assistant Professor Ashlyn Nelson’s paper on mortgage delinquency presented at joint research conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Hoosiers trust nonprofits to do what is right

A large majority of Indiana residents trust nonprofit organizations and charities in their communities to do what is right most or just about all the time, according to a new Indiana University survey.