Each year, as part of Capstone—the culminating class in Wagner’s curriculum—in lieu of a client-based capstone, NYU Wagner students can select to take Advanced Research Projects in Quantitative Analysis, where working with a faculty member, they form teams and spend an academic year conducting research on a pressing social question.  As part of this experience, students develop a research question,  conduct a literature review, develop hypotheses, find relevant datasets, run analyses and write up findings. 

This year, 17 students formed four teams to conduct research on a range of topics, including health care utilization for people with a mental illness, how upzoning can affect the composition of a neighborhood, how changes to the minimum wage affect the underbanked, and how partisan competitiveness can influence voter participation.

Read the original research articles below:

An Analysis of Whether State Minimum Wages Affect the Use of Financial Products Among Low-Income Households

Healthy Competition?: A Precinct-Level Analysis on How Redistricting-Induced Changes in Partisan Competitiveness Impacts Voter Behavior

The Effects of ACA Medicaid Expansion for Childless Adults Living with a Depressive Disorder on Disparities in Access to Health Care and Health Status

Zoned Out? Examining the Effect of Upzoning on Neighborhood Demographic Trends: A Fixed Effects Analysis