Research in Brief

Toxic Policy: The Impact of the Flint Water Crisis on the City’s Children

In 2015, reports of elevated lead levels in the city’s water supply put Flint, Michigan into the national spotlight. The...

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...

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...

When Does War Transpire? Unlikely War Onset Under Uncertainty

Scholars have attempted to clarify whether uncertainty about the outcome of a potential war—victory or defeat—influences state behavior in international...

Are Economic Elites Anti-Democratic? Why Economic Elites May Support Democratization

Are economic elites always anti-democratic? Not in some contexts. Structural changes in the Bolivian economy cultivated a new set of...

Causes of War: When the Unknown Creates False Optimism

Differing estimates and perceptions of opponents’ power may increase the likelihood of war. Countries are generally incentivized to misrepresent their...

Frenando el acoso escolar: el impacto de políticas contra el bullying hacia estudiantes LGBT

Cada mañana, muchos estudiantes se levantan con miedo de ir a la escuela por las dificultades que enfrentan al identificarse...

¿Les estamos quitando sus empleos? Nueva evidencia sobre los braceros mexicanos en Estados Unidos

En el debate político actual, se ha vuelto común la afirmación de que los migrantes en el mercado laboral disminuyen...

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...

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...