Philip Cook and Billy Pizer, two economists from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, talked about the challenges and rewards of conducting research on issues of profound public concern. The discussion was moderated by WUNC’s Leoneda Inge. Both Cook and Pizer have found themselves in the middle of heated public debates. What does their experience tell us about the capacity of politically-charged discussions to embrace the findings of scientific research? What can we learn from them about the ability of researchers to engage productively with public policy?
When Research Collides with Politics in Duke Today
Professor Billy Pizer has spent his career focusing on climate change policy, including three years working in the US Department of Treasury as deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy and more than a decade as a senior fellow and research director at Resources ...