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LATEST ARTICLES

Paying for Prejudice: How Public Funds Are Being Used to Fund Discrimination in Schools

With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the United States Secretary of Education, the subject of vouchers has gained a...

Do Charter Schools Raise Student Earnings? Evidence from Texas

Texas education policy in the 1990s provided the blueprint for Bush-era school reforms. In 1993, the Texas legislature introduced high-stakes...

How Does Compulsory Math Education Close the Racial Income Gap?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has been a national imperative for decades. More recent administrations have prioritized STEM...

Unconditional Cash Transfers: Lessons from Ecuador

Poor people, especially in developing countries, have inadequate financial resources and face liquidity issues which constrain expenditures on their children’s...

POLICY IN PRACTICE

‘All Countries Have a Stake’: Dr. Kennette Benedict Talks Nuclear Security and Global Responsibility

People and nations worldwide cannot be assured of their safety as long as nuclear warheads remain ready for launch. How...

Making Amends with the US: What Should Pakistan’s New Foreign Policy Be?

The White House was not happy with Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court in late July on...

Changing Mindsets in Pakistan: Mr. Salman Sufi on the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act

Salman Sufi is Director General at the Chief Minister’s Strategic Reforms Unit within the Punjab government, which works as a...

The Lefts, Mexico, and Latin America: A Conversation with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas

Biography: Mr. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano is the son of late Mexican President and Mexican Revolutionary General, Lázaro Cárdenas del Río....

Child and Family

Paying for Prejudice: How Public Funds Are Being Used to Fund Discrimination in Schools

With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the United States Secretary of Education, the subject of vouchers has gained a...

Do Charter Schools Raise Student Earnings? Evidence from Texas

Texas education policy in the 1990s provided the blueprint for Bush-era school reforms. In 1993, the Texas legislature introduced high-stakes...

How Does Compulsory Math Education Close the Racial Income Gap?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has been a national imperative for decades. More recent administrations have prioritized STEM...

Unconditional Cash Transfers: Lessons from Ecuador

Poor people, especially in developing countries, have inadequate financial resources and face liquidity issues which constrain expenditures on their children’s...

Energy & Environment

Can a Low-Carbon Economy Grow GDP?

In the face of climate change, the most effective way to ensure that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are slowed or...

Calculating the Health Benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The implementation of a carbon cap and trade program is often put forward by policy makers as a potential market-based...

Projecting the Economic Implications of Carbon Pricing in China

As one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters, China has recently been increasing its efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions,...

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...

Urban Affairs

The Affordable Housing Gap Leaves Low-Income Renters without Options

The Urban Institute recently released a report highlighting a significant gap in the amount of affordable housing available, and the...

Breaking the Cycle of Inner City Violence with PTSD Care

As many cities across the country actively seek solutions to stem violence, researchers from Emory University, New York University, and...

Have Home, Won’t Travel: How Housing Values Impact Labor Mobility

The terms “economic mobility” and “social mobility” are used figuratively to describe ascending the wealth ladder, usually by accruing income....

Evaluating the Impact of Minimum Wage Increases on Child Neglect

During the most recent presidential election, the issue of raising the federal minimum wage was intensely debated. Political debates about...

Science & Technology

Risks and Regulations of the Sharing Economy

The concept of a sharing economy, which includes businesses such as Uber and Airbnb, enables people to utilize an item...

Gender, Pop Culture and Politics in Technology: Lessons From the Past

A study published by UNESCO in 2015 stated that globally, women represented only one-third of all researchers in STEM (science,...

Using Technology to Enhance Government Transparency and Counter Corruption

In recent years, advancements in information and communication technologies (ICTs) have revolutionized processes for the exchange of information and allowed...

How Big Data and Education Technology Are Changing K-12 Education

Gone are the days when someone was overwhelmed with joy simply because Amazon or Pandora correctly discerned his or her...

Finance & Economics

NAFTA and the Mixed Effects of Trade: A Mexican Case Study

In August 2017, the United States, Canada, and Mexico began renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)—one of...

Comparing Immigration Policies Under the IMPALA Database

A person’s decision to migrate is affected by various economic, political, and social factors not only in the country of...

Foreign Exchange Interventions: A Comparison of the Mexican and Brazilian Models

Over the past several years, foreign exchange rates among Latin American countries have fluctuated significantly. These oscillations have been caused...

Reviewing the Research on National Maternity Leave Policies and their Effects on Women’s Careers, Children’s Health, and Employers’ Bottom Line

In 2015, women surpassed men in their likelihood of holding a bachelor’s degree. The gender pay gap has been steadily...

Law & Politics

The Future of US Foreign Policy: An End to Liberal Internationalism?

Liberal internationalism, despite what the phrase may imply, does not favor the views of Democrats over Republicans. Instead, liberal internationalism...

Intermestic Dynamics of Power Transitions in Dictatorships

In the face of domestic opposition, a dictator accountable for human rights violations is unlikely to relinquish power due to...

What Makes Military Dictators Transition Out of Dictatorships?

Frequent leadership cycles are common in dictatorships. Historically, military dictators, whose power is derived from the armed forces, have been...

Affirmative Consent: The 21st Century Basis of Sex Regulation

What is the sex bureaucracy? How has it interacted with social norms to shape regulations regarding sex in the United...

International Affairs

‘All Countries Have a Stake’: Dr. Kennette Benedict Talks Nuclear Security and Global Responsibility

People and nations worldwide cannot be assured of their safety as long as nuclear warheads remain ready for launch. How...

Protecting Their Own? The Real Reasons States Build Border Walls

Why do some nations build walls along their borders? In some cases, such walls are defensive structures aimed at blunting...

Advancing the Study of Nuclear (Non)proliferation

Clichés such as “good research reflects reality” notwithstanding, academics often find that they must sacrifice pragmatic concerns in favor of...

The Future of US Foreign Policy: An End to Liberal Internationalism?

Liberal internationalism, despite what the phrase may imply, does not favor the views of Democrats over Republicans. Instead, liberal internationalism...

HEALTH

Do People Move to Gain Medicaid Benefits?

The welfare migration hypothesis proposes the idea that people will move to a location because of the availability of social...

Using Social Networks to Predict Gun Violence in Chicago

As gun violence takes hundreds of lives each year in Chicago, academics, journalists and policy makers continue to debate the...

Ethanol Cookstoves and Their Impact on Pregnant Women: Lessons from Nigeria

In Nigeria and much of the developing world, kerosene and biomass fuels are used to provide energy for cooking, heating,...

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...