NOTE: I will no longer be updating this site. For the most up-to-date information on Joe Ornstein, please visit my new homepage.


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Washington University in St. Louis. I recently earned my PhD in Political Science at University of Michigan. My research is in the field of political economy — with a focus on urban growth, public goods provision, and electoral systems.

Here are some questions that I’ve been researching lately:

  • Why do city governments enact policies to restrict the growth of their housing supply?
  • Do cities spend more on public goods when their populations are ethnically diverse?
  • Can we improve how we predict local public opinion in areas with very little survey data?
  • How can we determine if a sequence of events is the result of a “contagious” data generating process?
  • If municipal governments were to widely adopt Instant Runoff Voting for their elections, how often should we expect to observe paradoxical behavior?

If you find these questions interesting, perhaps you’ll enjoy my Research page.

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