Congratulations to Martin School professor Dr. David Agrawal, whose research with University of Barcelona professor Dirk Foremny was featured in the Economy section of La Vanguardia, one of Spain’s top newspapers! Dr. Agrawal’s research looks at “the economic consequences of Spanish fiscal decentralisation with a particular focus on the impact on the mobility of high-income individuals and the implications of migration decisions for public finances.” To see the newspaper article, click below!
This month, our director, Dr. Ron Zimmer, was named one of the top education scholars of public influence in the nation. This accolade led to a feature in the University's newsletter UKNOW. Check out the article here!
Dr. Zimmer joined the Martin School's faculty in 2016. In addition to being the director of the school, Dr. Zimmer teaches a class in Education Policy and works directly as faculty supervisor for several students in both the Master and PhD programs. Currently, Dr. Zimmer is working on a research grant funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation that will provide an extended evaluation of Tennessee’s Achievement School District and Local Innovation Zones. He is working to evaluate the current interventions and to show whether or not they are effective.
Congratulations, Dr. Zimmer!
Here at the Martin School, we are lucky to have some fantastic alumni. From recent graduates to our more seasoned alumni, we love to celebrate our graduate's success. We are excited to continue that celebration by examining how the Martin School prepared recent 2018 grad Matt Schaffer for his new career with The Council of State Governments (CSG).
Where is it you currently work?
I am a Senior Policy Analyst in CSG’s Center of Innovation. The Center of Innovation houses all of CSG’s grant-funded projects. I started at CSG as a graduate fellow in January of 2017 and was fortunate enough to get hired full-time when a grant-funded position in the center opened up. A lot of what I do is carry out the deliverables outlined in the proposed grant workplan. This varies from project to project but generally includes things like writing reports, convening meetings, and providing technical assistance to states.
The grant I am currently employed under is from the U.S Department of Labor and is tasked with helping states examine their occupational licensing practices. The goal of this three-year project is to identify licensing criteria to ensure that existing and new licensing requirements are not overly broad, burdensome or restrictive, and that they do not create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry, and improve the portability and reciprocity provisions for selected occupations across state lines.
What is your favorite project you have been a part of at CSG?
Beyond the Occupational Licensing project, I have enjoyed getting to work with our partners at the Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) on workforce development for people with disabilities. While most express a desire, ability and willingness to work, many adults and youth with disabilities experience significant barriers to employment. We have been working with states to help them best meet the needs of their citizens with disabilities.
How do you feel the Martin School prepared you for your new position?
The Martin School prepared me to think critically and be a good writer. So much of what I do is contingent on an ability to write clearly and succinctly. Learning how to write policy briefs, and short memos were very valuable. A critical component of my job at CSG is taking complex issues and condensing them into bullet points or a one-page description. When working with state officials such as legislators or staff in executive offices, many times they don’t have the ability to read a 10-page report about an issue. I need to be able to communicate problems and solutions in a succinct way so that it is easily digestible. I believe I initially learned that skill at the Martin School.
What was your favorite class at the Martin School?
The class I learned the most in was Public Econ taught by Dr. Agrawal. I’m not sure that I would say it was my absolute favorite because it was very challenging. We learned about different public programs like social security, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance and studied what problem they are trying to solve and how each affects the economy in a supply-demand model. Despite the difficulty, I think that was the most valuable class I took at the Martin School.
Please join us for the Martin School 2018 Alumni and Friends Reception, November 16, 2018. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be available beginning at 6:00 pm and the program will start at 7:00 pm.
The program will feature this year’s award recipients for the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame and the Distinguished Alumni. We ask that all RSVPs be in by Friday, November 9th.
Please RSVP HERE.
If you have questions, please email Tabatha Christianson, Operations Manager of the Martin School at tabatha.christianson@uky,edu.
On October 16th, we welcomed former Senator Bill Bradley to campus to deliver the annual Wendell H. Ford Lecture. The Senator focused his remarks on the intersection of sports and public policy. Senator Bradley discussed the values that policymakers, and the general population, can learn from sports.
Senator Bradley was joined by panelists Bruce K. Johnson, Professor in Economics at Centre College, and Tom Leach, the Voice of the Kentucky Wildcats. The discussion was moderated by KET Public Affairs Producer and Host Renee Shaw.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, also known as the Bradley Act. This bill served to halt the spread of sports gambling throughout the United States. Just five months after the Supreme Court's decision, half a dozen states have legalized sports gambling and almost a dozen more are considering adopting the practice.
In light of this growing trend, the panel received a variety of questions about the efficacy of sports gambling. Highlights included discussion of the impacts of sports gambling policy on state revenues, NCAA athletes, and game fixing.
It was wonderful to have such a lively conversation about a rapidly evolving policy area. The Martin School extends its thanks to all those who attended, asked questions, and helped to continue the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture Series tradition of excellence. An additional thanks goes out to everyone who helped make this event a success, especially Tabatha Christianson, the Martin School’s own Operations Manager without whom the event would not have been possible.