The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is now open.  Our office hours are from: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Guide for all matters related to the return to campus.  All visitors and vendors must fill out the Columbia University Health Screening Form.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Seed Grants We've Funded


PI Department Title Award
Catherine Fennell Anthropology

Ends of the House: Excavating the Waste House in the Late Industrial Urban Midwest

Bruce Western Sociology

A National Solitary Confinement Database

Timothy Frye Political Science

Transparency and the Rule of Law: A Field Experiment in Ukraine

Alessandra Casella Economics/Political Science

Strategic Focus in Games: An Experiment

Michael Best Economics How much of the waste in public procurement in Amazonas, Brazil is because good suppliers don't want to sell to the government? $20,000

Zoe Crossland

Anthropology Ancestral Rice: tracing the development of irrigated riziculture in highland Madagascar $20,000
Nikhar Gaikwad Political Science Does Political Empowerment Improve the Welfare of Urban Migrants? A Field Experiment on Voter Registration $20,000
Tobias Salz Economics Understanding the Structure of Retail Financial Markets Using Administrative Data $15,000
Supreet Kaur Economics Dynamic Complementarities in Education $15,000
Johannes Urpelainen Economics Improving Accountability in Electricity Supply: A Field Experiment in Rural India $15,000
Douglas Almond Economics/SIPA Cap and Trade - China Style $15,000
Francois Gerard Economics Informality, heterogeneity, and unemployment insurance programs over the development process $15,000
Justin Phillips Political Science The State Party Platform Database: A New Approach to Studying Party Competition in American Politics $14,200
Robert Shapiro Political Science Can Comedy Be Convincing? $8,300
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez SIPA How U.S. Employers Mobilize Employees to Change Policy: A Survey of State Legislators $8,590
Andres Drenik Economics Pricing in Multiple Currencies in Domestic Markets and Learning to Price in Retail Markets $15,000
John Marshll Political Science The Keys to Service Delivery $20,000
Gil Eyal Sociology Imprecision: The Politics of Precision Medicine $19,000
Yao Lu Sociology Underemployment and Racial/Ethnic Inequality among College Graduates $13,191
Doulgas Almond Economics/SIPA Randomizing Tips to China's Environmental Inspectors $28,425

Paul Lagunes

SIPA Improving the Incentives of Anticorruption Auditors $15,090
Joshua Whitford Sociology Transforming the City: A pilot study of street-level regulation in building and construction


Hassan Afrouzi Economics Is it the Message or the Messenger? Examining Bias in Immigration Beliefs $29,688
Maria Jose De Abreu Anthropology Laboring in Abstraction: Oil and Return among Portuguese Labor Migrants to Angola $14,970
Naoki Egami Political Science Measuring Support for Diversity in the United States and Japan $ 29,500
Nikhar Gaikwad Political Science Climate Politics in the Global South $ 21,410
Réka Juhász Economics Measuring the Policy in Industrial Policy: A Text Mining Approach $ 30,000



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