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Universal Basic Income in the U.S.

April 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Universal Basic Income in the U.S.

Navneet Singh and Delsea Albanese were Drexel University Co-Ops with ESI from September 2018-April 2019. ESI was delighted to give them the opportunity to explore a topic of interest and work together to create a blog post on their chosen topic – Universal Basic Income. We thank Delsea and Nav for their hard work this […]

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Will 2018 be “The Year of the Woman” in PA?

May 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Will 2018 be “The Year of the Woman” in PA?

There has been significant coverage that the 2018 primaries have drawn an historic number of women candidates, with 2018 being dubbed “The Year of the Woman”. As much of this coverage notes, there are no women among Pennsylvania’s 18 members of the House of Representatives or two Senators. This year, there are 21 women on […]

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The Effect of Handing out Candidate Listings at Polling Places

July 7, 2017 / Comments Off on The Effect of Handing out Candidate Listings at Polling Places

In this Present Value post, ESI analyzes the effect of handing out listings of candidate recommendations outside of polling places, using work from May’s Philadelphia Municipal Primary done in conjunction with the Philadelphia Bar Association. The full working paper can be downloaded here.  Leading up to Philadelphia’s Municipal Primary in May, we talked a lot […]

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Mapping the Results of the 2017 Primary Election

May 17, 2017 / Comments Off on Mapping the Results of the 2017 Primary Election

ESI Director Jonathan Tannen simulated his predictions for the outcomes of the 2017 Philadelphia Primary Election in Present Value last week. Now the results are in. Below are the maps Jonathan generated once the votes were tallied. Thank you to those who joined us the night of the election, both live and in the Twittersphere! At […]

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Simulating the Court of Common Pleas Election

May 12, 2017 / Comments Off on Simulating the Court of Common Pleas Election

The 2017 Philadelphia Primary election is May 16th. In prior posts, we’ve looked into the dynamics of an often-overlooked race: judges for the Court of Common Pleas. In a few short days, voters will elect judges to serve ten-year terms in the state court with broad jurisdiction over Civil and Criminal trials, Family Court, and […]

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The Dimensions of Philadelphia’s Democratic Primaries

March 10, 2017 / Comments Off on The Dimensions of Philadelphia’s Democratic Primaries

Elections can be challenging to model. Philadelphia, in a Democratic primary, has 66 wards, over 100 candidates, and thousands of issues. And wards, candidates, and issues don’t exactly wear signs that declare what “type” they are. We broadly talk about “party” candidates, “reform” candidates, “machine” candidates, but how can we identify them, and know that those […]

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