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LATEST ARTICLES

Electoral Representation for Racial Minorities: Victims of Their Own Success?

Even as decades have passed since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African Americans and Hispanics continue...

El petróleo no se acaba, pero el tiempo para actuar sí

El petróleo es un recurso no renovable: por esta razón, en los años setenta comenzó a circular la creencia de...

The Data Doesn’t Seem to Be Vouching for Vouchers

Arguments supporting private management of schools date back to the founding of the United States and have reflected a variety...

Dos lecciones de la minería chilena para incrementar la productividad en América Latina

Uno de los grandes desafíos de América Latina es manejar eficientemente sus recursos naturales. Para lograrlo, es necesario aumentar la...

POLICY IN PRACTICE

Transforming the Lives of 600 Million Girls through Evidence: An Interview with Dr. Thoai Ngo

Dr. Thoai Ngo is an epidemiologist and demographer with expertise in managing, designing, and evaluating global development and health interventions...

Not Just Their Problem: Roger Thurow Explains Why We Have All Been Missing Opportunities in African Agriculture

Roger Thurow has served as a senior fellow on the global food and agriculture team at the Chicago Council on...

Reza Aslan on the History of God, Religious Interpretation, and ISIS

Religion has served as a vital influence in society for thousands of years, and its interpretation has been cited as...

Incentive Structures, Central Banks, and Economic Policies: A Conversation with Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business....

Child and Family

The Data Doesn’t Seem to Be Vouching for Vouchers

Arguments supporting private management of schools date back to the founding of the United States and have reflected a variety...

Transforming the Lives of 600 Million Girls through Evidence: An Interview with Dr. Thoai Ngo

Dr. Thoai Ngo is an epidemiologist and demographer with expertise in managing, designing, and evaluating global development and health interventions...

Teachers’ Unions Improve Student Achievement: Insights from California Charter Schools

Over the past several decades, public sector unionization rates have held fairly steady, even as private sector unionization rates have...

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...

Energy & Environment

Can Geo-Simulations Provide A Roadmap to Better Disaster Response?

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the priciest on record, mirroring a global trend of natural disasters becoming...

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,...

Urban Affairs

Social Media May Provoke Violent Conflicts, But Can It Prevent Them Too?

When a gang member on the south side of Chicago posted a photo of himself throwing down a gang sign...

Which Income Group Benefits from Commuting Subsidies? Lessons from Germany

Most countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) offer one form or another of tax breaks for commuting...

How Nonprofit Organizations Make Their Communities Safer

In 2016, the FBI reported a 4.1 percent increase in violent crime from the previous year. With more than 1.2...

How Public Bus Routes Can Deconcentrate Poverty and Promote Equity

Initiatives that aim to address geographically concentrated poverty often focus on providing affordable housing. While such housing projects may increase...

Science & Technology

Autonomous Vehicles Save Lives, But Barriers Still Abound

After years of rapid technological advances, autonomous vehicles are poised to revolutionize the motor vehicle industry. As society speeds toward...

Connecting the Disconnected: How Technology Can Accelerate Human Progress

It is impossible to understate the impact that information and communication technology (ICT) has had on the social and political...

Innovation and Climate Change: A Framework for Effective Environmental Policy

Climate change and environmental degradation may be the greatest existential threats the world will face for generations to come. After...

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...

Finance & Economics

Up in Smoke: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Public Assistance Enrollment

Policymakers use tax penalties and incentives as a mechanism to modify the public’s behavior. Cigarette taxes are one of the...

Incentive Structures, Central Banks, and Economic Policies: A Conversation with Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business....

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...

Law & Politics

Electoral Representation for Racial Minorities: Victims of Their Own Success?

Even as decades have passed since the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African Americans and Hispanics continue...

This Is Why We Nudge: Reaffirming Nobel Winner Richard Thaler’s ‘Nudge’

In October 2017, Richard Thaler won the University of Chicago its 29th Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions...

Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy: How Birth Place Affects Presidential Decision-Making

U.S. presidents make up perhaps the most analyzed collection of individuals in the entire world. Researchers routinely mine demographic, electoral...

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...

International Affairs

The Conflicting Outcomes of Food Price Shocks

Given the preponderance of violence and civil conflict in Africa, development practitioners are eager to understand the relationship between economic...

How Public Support for Foreign Aid Depends on Trust

Literature on development aid ranges from analyzing the effectiveness of aid to assessing foreign policy attitudes. However, as many members...

Not Just Their Problem: Roger Thurow Explains Why We Have All Been Missing Opportunities in African Agriculture

Roger Thurow has served as a senior fellow on the global food and agriculture team at the Chicago Council on...

How Our Perceptions of Victims’ Humanity Increases Some Violence, But Not All

Dehumanization is the process through which we come to believe that a person cannot think, feel, and behave intentionally, nor...

HEALTH

Prenatal Home Visits Lead to Improved Child Health and Development Outcomes

Home visiting programs during pregnancy have been shown to measurably improve child health and development outcomes. One such program, the...

Why Don’t People Search for the Cheapest Health Care?

According to a poll conducted by Monmouth University earlier this year, the cost of healthcare is the top concern for...

Digital Health: The Next Frontier in Mental Health Care

Uber, Airbnb, Seamless, Waze—Twenty years ago these concepts were a distant impossibility. Smart phone technology has given programmers, computer scientists...

Revisiting Welfare Reform: Effects on Teenage Crime

In the early nineties, politicians took up the task of reforming America’s welfare system. A bipartisan effort led to the...

Arts, Culture, & Religion

Reza Aslan on the History of God, Religious Interpretation, and ISIS

Religion has served as a vital influence in society for thousands of years, and its interpretation has been cited as...

EN ESPAÑOL

El petróleo no se acaba, pero el tiempo para actuar sí

El petróleo es un recurso no renovable: por esta razón, en los años setenta comenzó a circular la creencia de...

Dos lecciones de la minería chilena para incrementar la productividad en América Latina

Uno de los grandes desafíos de América Latina es manejar eficientemente sus recursos naturales. Para lograrlo, es necesario aumentar la...

Tasas de interés volátiles en economías emergentes: receta para un pobre desempeño económico

En los últimos años, se ha discutido mucho la relación entre la volatilidad de la estructura de las tasas de...

De la tragedia al desarrollo: el efecto de los desastres naturales en la inclusión financiera

Los desastres naturales se consideran comúnmente una tragedia económica para los países que los sufren. Sin embargo, a pesar de...