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Blain Morin

PhD Student

Hometown: Cohasset, MA

Graduate Institution and Major (go Bears!):
Master of Science in Biostatistics, Brown University, Providence, RI

Undergraduate Institution and Major (go Bucks!):
Bachelor of Science in Economics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Associate's Institution (go Cougars!):
Associate of Science, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH

Research Interests:
Blain Morin investigates how public policies and public management influence resilience outcomes. The concept of resilience, which describes how a system bounces back to an equilibrium after being shocked, has wide application and engenders a wide scope of research questions. For example, a micro-resilience question that interests Morin is: How can firms effectively use their resources to recover after a disaster? Emerging to the meso-level: How does investment in public goods affect the ability of a community to recover from an economic shock?

Some of Morin’s past work with Dr. Dormady grapples with the micro-level problem of individual firm resilience after natural disasters. They create a cost-effectiveness framework for analyzing resilience actions and analyze survey data to investigate which resilience tactics work and which don’t. Building on this, they are writing a book chapter where they review how others have operationalized cost and effectiveness metrics across different fields of study. This work adds increased conceptual and empirical rigor to the stream of resilience literature. Looking towards the future, Morin endeavors to extend this seed of thought to an observational study and examine public policies that help or hinder resilience.

At the community or regional level, Morin is working on answering the question: How does public investment in parks and greenspace affect municipal resilience during COVID-19? Using close conservation ballot initiatives as a randomization instrument, he aims to compare areas that received increased funding for parks and conservation projects to areas that did not. This analysis may illuminate a previously hidden positive externality. Moreover, the causal framework adds rigor to a stream of city planning literature that is largely descriptive.

Morin has some preliminary ideas that explore the relationship between diversity management and the distribution of resilience outcomes of public service provisioning during crises. He hypothesizes that that active bureaucratic representation or advocacy for politically disadvantaged groups is vulnerable when a public organization is under stress. He hopes to make a theoretical contribution by describing the mechanisms that lead to inequitable resilience outcomes. An illustrative example is public education during COVID-19. Maintaining public education outputs during a pandemic is a complex problem. What management practices influence the resilience of these outputs for disadvantaged or disenfranchised people?

Funded Appointments:
Graduate Research Associate

  • With Professor Chris Rea, The Ohio State University 2021-2022
  • With Professor Noah Dormady, Department of Homeland Security and The Ohio State University 2019-2021

Teaching Assistant (The Ohio State University)

  • PA 6070: Public Affairs Statistics (Master’s Level)
  • PA 6080: Program Evaluation (Master’s Level)
  • ECON 4001: Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate Level)

Teaching Assistant (Brown University)

  • PHP 2511: Applied Regression Analysis (Master’s Level)

Publications and Working Papers:

  • N. Dormady, A. Rose, A. Roa-Henriquez, and C. B. Morin, “The cost-effectiveness of economic resilience,” Under Review.
  • N. Dormady, A. Rose, and C. B. Morin, “Book chapter: Advances in the empirical estimation of disaster resilience,” In Progress.
  • C. B. Morin, N. Dormady, and A. Rose, “Empirical estimation of economic resilience to infrastructure disruptions,” In Progress.
  • C. Rea and C. B. Morin, “Historical capacity of environmental agencies,” In Progress.
  • C. B. Morin, “The effect of greenspace investment on community resilience,” In Progress.

Conference Presentations, Invited Talks:

  • Conference Talk: “Empirical Estimation of Economic Resilience to Infrastructure Disruption,” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Houston, TX Nov 2021
  • Poster Session: “Technology Transition: The Business Resilience Calculator,” U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers for Excellence Summit, Virtual May 2020
  • Conference Talk: “The Cost-Effectiveness of Economic Resilience,” The North American Regional Science Council (NARSC), Virtual, Nov 2020
  • Conference Talk: “The Cost Effectiveness of Static Economic Resilience Actions,” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Denver, CO Nov 2019
  • Guest Lecturer: “Econometric Estimation of Resilience,” Measuring Resilience to Disasters for Planning (CRPLAN 6425), Columbus, OH Nov 2019
  • Poster Session: “Assessing Outcome Reporting Bias in a Systematic Review of Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis,” Public Health Research Day at Brown University, Providence, RI, Apr 2019


  • ENGIE-Axium Recruitment Scholarship ($5,000), funding for energy and sustainability research
  • Glenn-College Doctoral Student Travel Funds
  • Brown University Departmental Scholarship Recipient
Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.