Finance & Economics

You’ve Been Accepted to College, but How Do You Pay for It? A Proposal to Streamline Federal Financial Aid

A recent research report entitled “Tax Benefits For College Attendance” conducted by Susan Dynarski and Judith Scott-Clayton investigates how the federal government could streamline the existing federal financial aid system and increase uptake for college tax benefits.

To Ban the Box, or Not to Ban the Box? How Policy Change Can Affect Hiring and Employment

Evidence suggests that Ban the Box policies in high-crime neighborhoods have a positive effect on employment, compared to other high-crime neighborhoods that have not yet implemented the measure. Adopting this measure could impact employment opportunities in high-crime neighborhoods, although more research is needed to fully understand the overall effect on the labor market.

Avoiding Systemic Risks and Tackling Recessions: A Network Perspective

Employing network theory to understand social and economic interactions is coming into prominence, and these authors want to understand this phenomenon.

You Earned It: How Simple Reminders Lead to Increases in Tax Filing and EITC Receipt

Participants who received tax filing reminders in both 2014 and 2015 had higher filing rates than individuals who received no reminders, as well as those who only received one in 2014.

Standing out from the Crowd: How College Degrees, Internships, and Academic Performance Influence Hiring Decisions

A new study uses experimental data from a resume audit to determine whether college degrees and internship experience have an impact on job opportunities for recent college graduates.

Renting While Black: Revealed Preferences in the Sharing Economy

Evidence from a recent field experiment, based on data from Airbnb, demonstrates that racial discrimination persists on modern, online sharing marketplaces. Results indicate that guests with distinctively African-American names were found to be 16 percent less likely to be accepted by hosts on the site than guests with distinctively White names.

The Complicated Relationship between Public Sector Employment and Governance in Low-Income Countries

Evidence suggests that public sector workers in low-income countries have a wage premium relative to their private sector counterparts, despite the fact that they have lower quality governance. Improving the design of public sector personnel policies may have an impact on the quality of governance.

Better School Outcomes Aren’t Free

A new analysis demonstrates that funding increases make a huge difference in schooling outcomes, especially for students from low-income families.

Feel It in the Air: Pollution and Crime in Chicago

A recent study provides the first quasi-experimental evidence of a link between air pollution and criminal behavior. Researchers estimate the cost of pollution-induced crime and make a case for environmental sustainability policies that consider the impact of pollution and crime on communities.

Testing vs. Discretion: How Should Firms Hire Their Employees?

New research analyzes how hiring decisions made using job assessments versus manager discretion impact employee retention and productivity.

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