Panel 4

Quantitative Public Policy Research
This panel will discuss the application of quantitative analysis on public policy research.

Business Corruption: Measurement, Cases, and What Can be Done to Prevent it?Olga Pysmenna, UCF Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
Stan Korotchenko, UCF Doctoral Program in Public Affairs

This study used the Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey V (BEEPS V) to explore the causes of business corruption by constructing the index of business corruption in order to understand levels of business corruption in various countries.

The Intersection of Race and Opioid Addiction Treatment: A Quantitative Analysis
Rebecca Entress, UCF Doctoral Program in Public Affairs

This study examines how race affects opioid addiction treatment in three ways: the referral source for treatment, whether the patient received medication assisted treatment, and the reason for discharge. The author used the data from the 2011 Treatment Episode Data Set Discharges (TEDS-D) and applied logistical and multinomial regression models to test the hypothesized relationships.

The Impact of Utility Discretion on Residential Solar Requirements
Kelly A. Stevens, UCF School of Public Administration
Sara Iman, UCF Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
Rabina Bissesar, North Carolina State University
Robert Reedy, UCF Utilities and & Energy Services

The purpose of this study is to raise awareness to the public and policymakers about utility rules that may inhibit solar adoption. The authors analyzed in three ways: (1) evaluating state interconnection rules to determine where discretion has been given to utilities on external disconnect switches and insurance requirements using the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE); (2) analyzing utility policies to determine if these unnecessary photovoltaic system requirements are included for states with utility discretion; and (3) examining the impact of these policies on residential photovoltaic adoption from 2010- 2017 using data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

You Get What You Pay For: The Effects of Special Districts on Property Values
Sarah E. Larson, UCF School of Public Administration

This study examines the impacts of special districts within Florida on the resale value of homes through the analysis of a comprehensive data set of parcel level data for the state of Florida between 2011 and 2017.