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SPP Faculty Research Seminar

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Event Details

Monday, October 2, 2023
Noon - 1:30 PM

LC 159, Drescher Graduate Campus
Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA


For more information about this event, please email sppevents@pepperdine.edu or call 310.506.7490.

Pepperdine School of Public Policy is excited to host an afternoon workshop featuring our distinguished faculty as they discuss their recent projects and research.

Lunch will be provided for all registered guests.


Faculty Presenters and Research Topic Descriptions:

  Luisa D Blanco Raynal, Professor of Public Policy

We designed a three month digital financial education program that was delivered via mobile phone and email among college students. We evaluated the impact of our program on financial behavior using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) approach with a waitlist control group. We focused on the impact of our intervention on financial behavior rather than on financial knowledge given that the material we used was designed to provide practical tips to improve money management skills for college students. We study the impact of our program across all participants, and also across gender groups.

  Robert Kaufman, Robert and Katheryn Dockson Professor of Public Policy

Why most got China and Russia wrong  ---- the neglect of ideology and regime analysis in international relations theory and practice.

  Dayea Oh, Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Behavior may transmit negatively between different social institutions among school aged children, using a field experiment in Bangladesh. We randomly assign students to watch hand washing videos at school and find that students induced to wash more at school wash less at home, and students who are induced to wash more at home wash less at school, cautioning us against studying the effect of a policy intervention at only the intervention site.

  James Prieger, Professor of Public Policy

Minority entrepreneurs in the U.S. often face greater constraints in securing funding from local banks. An econometric investigation shows that the availability of high-speed internet access, which allows access to online lending, crowdfunding, and other fintech, lowers this barrier for all entrepreneurs but more so for those in areas with large minority populations.

  Kiron Skinner, Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics

Even though they lacked full political power and civil rights, African American, Jewish, Chinese, and Japanese citizens used the Tocquevillian levers of civil society to influence the American war debate during the 1930s and early 1940s.  It is not an overstatement to say they had a major impact on Washington's deliberations about entering the war.