Research in Brief

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.

Does Changing Kindergarten Entry Cutoff Age Help Improve Educational Achievement?

Research suggests that an earlier kindergarten entry date generally reduces the dispersion of test scores in fourth and eighth grades, which is seen as a measurement of the educational achievement gap among different socioeconomic groups.

Getting Older and Getting Around: Transportation Options for Senior Citizens

A new study reviews the transportation preferences of senior citizens.

True Colors: How Ethnic Studies Courses Can Help Minority High School Students

New research shows promising impacts of Ethnic Studies courses for students in the San Francisco Unified School District.

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.

Does Access to School-Based Healthcare Reduce Teen Birth Rates and Lead to More High School Completion?

Research suggests that school-based healthcare reduces teen fertility, but does not substantially reduce high school dropout rates.

The Unintended Consequences of Border Patrol: How US Immigration Policy Backfired

New research suggests that the policies of border security have ultimately backfired, leading to an increase in the number of undocumented immigrants.

The Impact of College Grant Aid Programs on Borrowing

Benjamin Marx and Lesley Turner use regression discontinuity to measure the impact of the Pell Grant Program on the borrowing decisions and educational attainment of college students at The City University of New York.

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.

Saving the Forests and Reducing Poverty: Too Good to Be True?

A program evaluation of Mexico’s PSAH shows the program's effectiveness in achieving its environmental goals, but the same does not apply to achieving expected socioeconomic results.