The Ray Marshall Center hired a new Social Science Research Associate (SSRA V), David McCoy, on September 6, 2022. Mr. McCoy comes to the RMC from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Political Science, where he earned a master’s in political science before pursuing a PhD (currently ABD). He will work on a range of projects with the RMC, including research on education policy and the development of panel data sets that extract insights from individual- and firm-level unemployment insurance data.
Prior to joining the Center, David has focused on the impacts of social assistance policy innovations in local Brazilian government, using mixed methods research design. He has experience generating useful insights from complex, observational data in a range of settings. Recent projects include: the automated coding of 150,000 transcribed statements by legislators to identify the salience of subject matter form a custom dictionary of terms; using quasi-experimental methods, such as matching and difference-in-differences, to identify the short- and medium-term economic shocks to local economies following an unexpected mass migration event in Brazil; and modeling the workplace network density of public sector employees to test differing network structures are associated with greater job satisfaction.
Read more about David here.