Luis Ruuska

Email: lruuska@nd.edu
Phone: (574) 631-0236

Luis Ruuska

Communications Specialist

Luis Ruuska leads NDIGD's communication and outreach efforts and works to highlight the work of researchers, students, fellows, and faculty associated with NDIGD through a variety of digital and print mediums. He is NDIGD's communications liaison to Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and its seven academic units, as well as Notre Dame Research and other communications units on campus, such as the Office of Public Affairs and Communications and the Department of Development.

Prior to joining NDIGD, Ruuska was a public relations assistant / communications specialist at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served in a similar role to his current role on a two-person communications team. He aided in a complete overhaul of the college's communications efforts, which included creating a new website and implementing new and successful social media and video strategies.

Before and as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, and later the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Ruuska interned, worked part-time, or volunteered for a variety of organizations including Full Media, The Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, WUTK-FM, The Huffington Post, and the League of Women Voters of Knoxville and Knox County.

Ruuska holds a bachelor's in communication studies from the University of Tennessee with a minor in journalism and electronic media.

Publications, Presentations and Other Work
Abadie, A., & Gardeazabal, J. (2003). The Economic Costs of Conflict: A Case Study of the Basque Country. American Economic Review, 93(1), 113–132. https://doi.org/10.1257/000282803321455188
Angrist, J. D., & Chen, S. H. (2011). Schooling and the Vietnam-Era GI Bill: Evidence from the Draft Lottery. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(2), 96–118. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.3.2.96
Baird, S., Hicks, J. H., Kremer, M., & Miguel, E. (2016). Worms at Work: Long-Run Impacts of a Child Health Investment. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 131(4), 1637–1680. https://doi.org/10.1093/qje/qjw022
BenYishay, A., & Hayek, D. (2017). Child Mortality and the Quantity-Quality Trade-Off (Abstract). College of William & Mary and the University of New South Wales. Retrieved from https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/About-Site/Schools-Site/Economics-Site/Documents/BenYishay-Hayek-child-mortality.pdf
BenYishay, A., Heuser, S., Runfola, D., & Trichler, R. (2016). Indigenous Land Rights and Deforestation: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon (Working Paper). Williamsburg, VA: AidData, College of William & Mary. Retrieved from http://docs.aiddata.org/ad4/files/wps22_indigenous_land_rights_and_deforestation.pdf
BenYishay, A., & Kranker, K. (2015). All-Cause Mortality Reductions from Measles Catchup Campaigns in Africa. Journal of Human Resources, 50(2), 516–547. https://doi.org/10.3368/jhr.50.2.516
Björkman, M. (2004). Public Funding in the Educational Sector and its Effect on Test Scores: Evidence from Uganda (Working Paper). Stockholm, SE: Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. Retrieved from http://neumann.hec.ca/neudc2004/fp/bjorkman_martina_juin_24.pdf
Blackman, A. (2012). Ex Post Evaluation of Forest Conservation Policies Using Remote Sensing Data: An Introduction and Practical Guide (Discussion Paper). Washington, DC: Resources for the Future. Retrieved from http://www.rff.org/files/sharepoint/WorkImages/Download/RFF-DP-12-13.pdf
Blumenstock, J. (2011). CDR-Inferred Locations of a Single Individual Over 4 Years (a40). University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/DoWC85nwUeY
Blumenstock, J., Cadamuro, G., & On, R. (2015). Predicting Poverty and Wealth from Mobile Phone Metadata. Science, 350(6264), 1073–1076. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aac4420
Bohra-Mishra, P., Oppenheimer, M., & Hsiang, S. M. (2014). Nonlinear Permanent Migration Response to Climatic Variations but Minimal Response to Disasters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(27), 9780–9785. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1317166111
Buntaine, M. T., Hamilton, S. E., & Millones, M. (2015). Titling Community Land to Prevent Deforestation: An Evaluation of a Best-Case Program in Morona-Santiago, Ecuador. Marco Millones, 33(0), 32–43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.04.001
Burke, M., & Lobell, D. B. (2017). Satellite-Based Assessment of Yield Variation and Its Determinants in Smallholder African Systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(9), 2189–2194. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1616919114
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. (n.d.). Rolling out a Global Emissions Accounting System for Cities (Web Page). Online. Retrieved from https://ciff.org/grant-portfolio/rolling-out-global-emissions-accounting-system-cities/
Croke, K., Hicks, J. H., Hsu, E., Kremer, M., & Miguel, E. (2017). Should the WHO Withdraw Support for Mass Deworming? PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 11(6). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005481
Davis, M., Ingwersen, N., Kazianga, H., Linden, L., Mamun, A., Protik, A., & Matt Sloan. (2016). Ten-Year Impacts of Burkina Faso’s BRIGHT Program (Report). Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research. Retrieved from https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/ten-year-impacts-of-burkina-fasos-bright-program
Dhaliwal, I., Duflo, E., Glennerster, R., & Tulloch, C. (2012). Comparative Cost-Effectiveness Analysis to Inform Policy in Developing Countries: A General Framework with Applications for Education (Report). Cambridge, MA: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Retrieved from https://www.povertyactionlab.org/sites/default/files/publications/CEA%20in%20Education%202013.01.29_0.pdf
Evidence Action. (n.d.). Deworm the World Initiative: Results at a Glance (Web Page). Online. Retrieved from https://www.evidenceaction.org/dewormtheworld/#impact-deworming
Frees, E. W. (2004). Longitudinal and Panel Data: Analysis and Applications in the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press.
Garces, E., Thomas, D., & Currie, J. (2002). Longer-Term Effects of Head Start. American Economic Review, 92(4), 999–1012. https://doi.org/10.3386/w8054
Gathani, S., Stoelinga, D., & Santini, M. (2013). Innovative Techniques to Evaluate the Impact of Private Sector Development Reforms: An Application to Rwanda and 11 Other Countries. Presented at the MPSA Annual Conference, Midwest Political Science Association. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315516764_Innovative_techniques_to_evaluate_the_Impact_of_private_sector_development_reforms_An_application_to_Rwanda_and_11_other_countries
Gertler, P., Heckman, J., Pinto, R., Zanolini, A., Vermeersch, C., Walker, S., … Grantham-McGregor, S. (2014). Labor Market Returns to an Early Childhood Stimulation Intervention in Jamaica. Science, 344(6187), 998–1001. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1251178
Gertler, P. J., Martinez, S., Premand, P., Rawlings, L. B., & Vermeersch, C. M. J. (2011). Impact Evaluation in Practice (1st ed.). Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank.
Gertler, P. J., Martinez, S., Premand, P., Rawlings, L. B., & Vermeersch, C. M. J. (2016). Impact Evaluation in Practice (2nd ed.). Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank.
Grantham-McGregor, S. M., Powell, C. A., Walker, S. P., & Himes, J. H. (1991). Nutritional Supplementation, Psychosocial Stimulation, and Mental Development of Stunted Children: The Jamaican Study. The Lancet, 338(8758), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1016/0140-6736(91)90001-6
Guzman, J. C., Brown, D., & Khatiwada, L. (2016). Millennium Challenge Corporation Impact Evaluation:  Water and Sanitation Component of the Ghana Compact (Final Report). Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, University of Notre Dame.
Hansen, M. C., Potapov, P. V., Moore, R., Hancher, M., Turubanova, S. A., Tyukavina, A., … J. R. G. Townshend. (2013). High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change. Science, 342(6160), 850–853. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1244693
Heckman, J. J., Moon, S. H., Pinto, R., Savelyev, P. A., & Adam Yavitz. (2010). The Rate of Return to the HighScope Perry Preschool Program. Journal of Public Economics, 94(1–2), 114–128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2009.11.001
Jean, N., Burke, M., Xie, M., Davis, W. M., Lobell, D. B., & Stefano Ermon. (2016). Combining Satellite Imagery and Machine Learning to Predict Poverty. Science, 353(6301), 790–794. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf7894
Lipscomb, M., Mobarak, A. M., & Tania Barham. (2013). Development Effects of Electrification: Evidence from the Topographic Placement of Hydropower Plants in Brazil. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(2), 200–231. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.5.2.200
Miguel, E., & Kremer, M. (2004). Worms: Identifying Impacts on Education and Health in the Presence of Treatment Externalities. Econometrica, 72(1), 159–217.
Oster, E. (2017). Unobservable Selection and Coefficient Stability: Theory and Evidence. Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. https://doi.org/10.1080/07350015.2016.1227711
Ozier, O. (2014). Exploiting Externalities to Estimate the Long-term Effects of Early Childhood Deworming (Policy Research Working Paper). Online: World Bank Group. Retrieved from https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/20516/WPS7052.pdf;sequence=1
Reinikka, R., & Svensson, J. (2003). The Power of Information: Evidence from a Newspaper Campaign to Reduce Capture (Policy Research Working Paper). Stockholm, SE: Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10986/14448
Reinikka, R., & Svensson, J. (2010). Fighting Corruption to Improve Schooling: Evidence from a Newspaper Campaign in Uganda. Journal of the European Economic Association, 3(2–3), 259–267. https://doi.org/10.1162/jeea.2005.3.2-3.259
Robinson, B. E., Holland, M. B., & Naughton-Treves, L. (2014). Does Secure Land Tenure Save Forests? A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship Between Land Tenure and Tropical Deforestation. Global Environmental Change, 29, 281–293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.05.012
Robinson, J., Sabet, D., Feenstra, M., Stahlberg, S., & Rostapshova, O. (2017). Impact Evaluation of the “Increasing Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault in South Africa” Program (Final Report). Washington, DC: United States Agency for International Development. Retrieved from https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1860/South%20Africa%20Endline%20IE%20brief-USAID%20format%20with%20alt%20text.pdf
Rubin, D. B. (1974). Estimating Causal Effects of Treatments in Randomized and Nonrandomized Studies. Journal of Educational Psychology, 66(5), 688–701. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0037350
Seftor, N. S., Mamun, A., & Schirm, A. (2009). The Impacts of Regular Upward Bound on Postsecondary Outcomes 7-9 Years After Scheduled High School Graduation. Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research. Retrieved from https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/the-impacts-of-regular-upward-bound-on-postsecondary-outcomes-79-years-after-scheduled-high-school-graduation
Somers, M.-A., Zhu, P., Jacob, R. T., & Bloom, H. (2013). The Validity and Precision of the Comparative Interrupted Time Series Design and the Difference-in-Difference Design in Educational Evaluation (White Paper). Online: Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation. Retrieved from https://www.mdrc.org/publication/validity-and-precision-comparative-interrupted-time-series-design-and-difference
Souris, M. (2008). Ecuador: Digital Elevation Data (Web Page). Online. Retrieved from http://www.star.ait.ac.th/~souris/ecuador.htm#DEM
St. Clair, T., Hallberg, K., & Cook, T. D. (2016). The Validity and Precision of the Comparative Interrupted Time-Series Design: Three Within-Study Comparisons. Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, 41(3), 269–299. https://doi.org/10.3102/1076998616636854
The Lessons of Administrative Data: High-Profile Policy-Relevant Research Powered by Administrative Data. (2016, November). The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Retrieved from https://www.povertyactionlab.org/sites/default/files/resources/2016.11.14-The-Lessons-of-Administrative-Data.pdf
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United States Agency for International Development. (2015). USAID Evaluation Toolkit: Guidance, Tools, & Resources for Planning, Managing, & Learning from Evaluations (Web Page). Online. Retrieved from https://usaidlearninglab.org/evaluation-toolkit
United States Agency for International Development. (2017). Developing a Project Logic Model (and its Associated Theory of Change) (How-To Note). Online. Retrieved from https://usaidlearninglab.org/sites/default/files/resource/files/project_logic_model_how_to_note_final_sep1.pdf
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United States Department of Education. (n.d.-b). Upward Bound Program (Web Page). Online. Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/index.html
United States Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45: Protection of Human Subjects (Web Page). Online. Retrieved from https://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/regulations-and-policy/regulations/45-cfr-46/index.html