Research in Brief

When Helping Hurts: The Unexpected Costs of Post-War Reconciliation

War! What is it good for? Civil war dissolves social structures and threatens personal livelihoods, domestically displacing both combatants and...

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...

Creating Safe Cyberspace: Strategies for Deterring Cyberattacks

Thousands, perhaps even millions, of successful cyberattacks occur each year across governmental and commercial sectors in the U.S., and attempts...

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...

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...

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...