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Doctoral Dissertation Research: Making Democracy Work for Women: Gender Gaps in Political Participation and Representation

Despite legal guarantees of equality, stark gaps in political participation and representation persist between men and women in democracies around the world. Evidence from advanced industrialized democracies shows that when women participate in higher numbers as voters (e.g. after the extension of suffrage rights), it produces policy shifts in line with their political preferences. However, it is unclear whether similar outcomes result in developing contexts where women?s voting rights are guaranteed in the constitution as a result of elite, rather than popular consensus.

Health Data for Action

The HD4A program will fund innovative research that uses the available data to answer important research questions. Applicants under this Call for Proposals (CFP) will write a proposal for a research study using data from either the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) or athenahealth.

Deadline: 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Precision Medicine and Society Pilot Grant Program

Pilot grant awards for Columbia faculty, post-docs, and graduate students are available from the Precision Medicine and Society Program (part of Columbia’s Precision Medicine Initiative). The awards are designed to support work on issues relating to the social, legal, economic, humanistic and ethical impact on society of the introduction of precision medicine and new genomic technologies.

Deadline: 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Political Determinants of Economic Exchange

Confidence in basic economic exchange is an important building block for economies. This confidence in economic exchange is often affected by state institutions that possess the authority to enforce contracts which ensure agreements are not broken. In much of the world, however, weak state institutions limit the confidence of citizens and businesses that contracts and deals will be enforced fairly. As a result, economic exchange is stifled and inefficiencies persist.

Doctoral Dissertation Research: American Mayors: How Voters Choose and How Mayors Shape Policy

Questions about whether and how political leaders influence outcomes are fundamental to the study of politics. If politicians are responsive to constituent opinions, one would expect to observe similar outcomes across different leaders. In reality, though, public policy outcomes tend to vary systematically depending on who serves in elected office. This dissertation examines representation in American cities. New data reveal that American mayors, like politicians at higher levels of government, tend not to be highly representative of their constituents.

Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Politics of Status in International Development

Nations categorized as "lower income countries" or "less developed countries" by international organizations tend to receive generous financial assistance and special treatment from the international community. As countries 'graduate' from these to higher categories, the shift is viewed positively by the international community and, in turn, often results in receiving additional social and material advantages. Faced with this tradeoff, some countries attempt to remain within the developing categories, while others strive to be categorized as developed.

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Legitimizing the State or a Grievance?

This project investigates what happens when individuals gain legal rights. The work seeks to determine whether these individuals exhibit increased trust of the state and therefore increase their political participation, or, alternatively, find that these individuals disengage from the state. This study seeks to understand whether the formal recognition of a right -- in particular, a formal property right to land -- affects an individual's incentives to engage in politics. The PI conducts a cross-national analysis of three rural land-titling programs.

CELSS Junior Faculty Research Funding

The Columbia Experimental Laboratory in the Social Sciences (CELSS) announces a seed-grant competition targeted to untenured faculty members for experimental projects that will make use of the lab.

Deadline: 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

CELSS Graduate Student Experimental Project

The Columbia Experimental Laboratory in the Social Sciences (CELSS) provides funding to support promising experimental projects by graduate students who intend to use the lab.

Deadline: 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

CELSS Dissertation Grant

The Columbia Experimental Laboratory in the Social Sciences (CELSS) provides funding to support PhD dissertation chapters that utilize data collected in the lab.

Deadline: 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

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