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    Jim Ferris, PhD

    TitleThe Emery Evans Olson Chair in Public Private Entrepreneurship and Professor of Public Policy and Director of The Center On Philanthropy and Public Policy
    SchoolSol Price School of Public Policy
    DepartmentPublic Policy
    AddressRGL 210
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-0626
    Phone+1 213 740 0388
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      James Ferris, Ph.D., specializes in the economics of the public and nonprofit sectors, public finance, and public policy. His research focuses on the shifting roles of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors in governance and the economy. Professor Ferris is currently investigating the changing landscape of philanthropy, social capital and philanthropy, the role of philanthropic foundations in public policymaking, the causes and consequences of the conversion of nonprofit health care organizations to for-profit status, and intersectoral alliances for urban problem solving. His previous research examines public service delivery, focusing on the contracting decisions of local governments, the use of volunteers, and strategies to improve public sector performance through competition, decentralization, and privatization. He serves as a member of the editorial board of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Grants Advisory Committee of the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Research Fund, the academic council of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, and as a vice president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Association. He previously served as associate editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Professor Ferris has been a visiting scholar at the Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and the Department of Economics at Erasmus University, the Netherlands. He has also been a visiting fellow and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Australian National University. He has served as a consultant to a variety of governmental agencies and international organizations, including the World Bank.


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      1. Ferris J, Melnick GA. Improving the health of Californians: effective public-private strategies for challenging times. Health Aff (Millwood). 2004 May-Jun; 23(3):257-61. PMID: 15160824.
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