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LATEST ARTICLES

Global Gender Parity Insights from the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report

Women represent half of the global population,  but they often do not have the same access to health, education, earning...

Leaning in or Leaning Out?

The World Economic Forum estimates that for every dollar a woman earns, a man earns $1.54 in the United States....

Disruptive Competition: Online Degree Programs in the Higher Education Market

In February 2006, Congress repealed the “50 percent rule.” Originally enacted in 1992, this rule prevented undergraduate institutions from receiving...

More Questions than Answers: A Review of Gun Violence in Chicago

The University of Chicago Crime Lab released a report in January 2017 that details the sudden spike in gun violence that...

POLICY IN PRACTICE

Covering Policy in the Trump Era: A Conversation with Matthew Yglesias

NPR recently released a poll that found only half of respondents were aware that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had...

Technologies that Matter: How BallotReady is Educating Voters

BallotReady is an online voting guide for local, state, and federal elections. It provides a free guide with information on...

What Will Economic Policy Look Like Under Trump? A Conversation with Austan Goolsbee

While there is obviously a great deal of speculation regarding specifics, the general contours of President-elect Trump’s economic plan seem...

More Than Numbers: How Qualitative Research Can Win Elections

This piece was first published on April 3, 2013.You led a new initiative this election with the Obama campaign: online...

Child and Family

Global Gender Parity Insights from the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report

Women represent half of the global population,  but they often do not have the same access to health, education, earning...

Disruptive Competition: Online Degree Programs in the Higher Education Market

In February 2006, Congress repealed the “50 percent rule.” Originally enacted in 1992, this rule prevented undergraduate institutions from receiving...

Examining Intergenerational Differences in Educational Performance of Immigrant Students

Over the course of the past half-century, the United States has seen the largest wave of immigration since the Age...

Does School Segregation Facilitate the Formation of Criminal Networks?

People are hard-wired to form social networks, and an individual’s social network can play a role in shaping his or...

Energy & Environment

Electricity in Transition: Renewables in Developing Countries

The energy sector is undergoing a major transformation, becoming more decentralized and more interactive than ever before. Growing numbers of...

The Financial Impact of Natural Disasters: Beyond Disaster Aid

 Recent wildfires in California and catastrophic flooding in Louisiana have drawn public attention to natural disasters across the United States....

The Future of Conservation in the Amazon Rainforest

You have been involved in environmental research and deforestation issues in the Amazon from the earliest stages of interest in...

Shaky Ground: How the Disposal of Wastewater from Oil Production Increases the Risk of Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Since the early 2000s, there has been an increase in the number of earthquakes observed near oil and gas exploration...

Urban Affairs

More Questions than Answers: A Review of Gun Violence in Chicago

The University of Chicago Crime Lab released a report in January 2017 that details the sudden spike in gun violence that...

Paying for Lower Taxes: The Effect of a Place-Based Tax Reduction Program in Detroit

To combat poverty, state and local policymakers have increasingly turned to “place-based” policies that offer financial support, such as subsidies...

Where Children Live Matters: Housing Policy Effects on Education Outcomes

Social scientists have long suspected that the demographic characteristics and attributes of neighborhoods affect the educational outcomes of the children...

Understanding Recidivism Through Child Abuse and Mental Health

In 2016, Chicago struggled with the highest number of homicides the city has seen in more than a decade. Lawmakers...

Science & Technology

Harnessing GPS Data for the Future of Electric Cars in Europe

Driving a Tesla may sound exotic, but electric cars are anything but a novel idea. The first successful electric automobile in...

Up in the Cloud: Data and Security Concerns in Cloud Computing

Cloud computing enables convenient access to a networks, servers, storage, applications, and services. In a cloud computing framework, shared resources...

Influencing Innovation: Government’s Role in Subsidizing R&D

Firms often underinvest in research and development (R&D) when there is no government intervention. There are many uncertainties and risks...

Finance & Economics

Leaning in or Leaning Out?

The World Economic Forum estimates that for every dollar a woman earns, a man earns $1.54 in the United States....

Introducing the Economics of Immigration

Economics of Immigration SeriesThe Chicago Policy Review is pleased to present a new special series on immigration. Originally conceived in...

Economists Are Finding a New Perspective on Immigration

As recently as twenty years ago, economists taught that as the supply of unskilled labor increased due to immigration, legal...

Uncovering the Demographics of the Poorest People in Developing Nations

Global poverty has been decreasing over the past two decades as a result of fast-paced economic growth. The number of...

Law & Politics

Political Donations Indicate That Federal Court Clerks Skew Left

Republicans refused to hold hearings on President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, and now Democrats are threatening...

Understanding the 2016 U.S. Election: Evidence from European Populism

Donald Trump’s unexpected electoral victory has raised several questions about the future of American and global politics, but one question...

Covering Policy in the Trump Era: A Conversation with Matthew Yglesias

NPR recently released a poll that found only half of respondents were aware that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had...

Technologies that Matter: How BallotReady is Educating Voters

BallotReady is an online voting guide for local, state, and federal elections. It provides a free guide with information on...

International Affairs

Reading the Tea Leaves: Labor Rights Violations on India’s Tea Plantations

Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, second only to water. Over three million tons of tea...

Competition or Cooperation: The Complicated Diplomatic Relationship Between China and the United States

Sino-American relations have long been fraught with complexity. Although fundamental economic, security, and foreign policy differences persist, there is a...

Refugee Protection in Turkey: Evaluating Needs and Challenges

Since the beginning of the civil conflict in Syria, 2.7 million refugees have fled to Turkey, which hosts the greatest...

Guantánamo Diary: How GITMO Institutionalized State Secrecy

Telling stories is rarely an easy task, but telling a story from inside a covert military detention facility is another...

HEALTH

Quitting Smoking Can Increase Weight More Than We Thought

Obesity is a growing health problem in the United States with prevalence rates rising from 13 percent in the 1960s...

Healthy Habits: Using Behavioral Science in Health Policy

Encouraging healthy behaviors is a significant policy challenge because efforts to spark conversation around a health topic often fail to...

Is Training Informal Healthcare Providers The Solution to India’s Doctor Shortage?

India, like other developing countries, is struggling with a scarcity of formally trained medical professionals, especially in rural and isolated...

U.S. DEA Report Indicates Tripling of Heroin Consumption Over Seven Years

Heroin consumption in the United States nearly tripled between 2007 and 2014, and it is now the cause of 10,000...