Research in Brief

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.

The Inequality of Poverty: How Places, Parents, and Poverty Affect the Gender Gap

The environment in which children grow up affects the economic outcomes of men and women differently.

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.

How Temporary Incentives Can Increase Long-Run Productivity in Clinics

A recent study shows that temporary financial incentives can motivate long-run changes in clinic routines, overcoming the initial costs of inertia and allowing them to implement more effective and efficient practices.

Fight for the Heavens: The Role of Religion in Shaping Attitudes toward Space Policy

Religions pose some attitudinal influences toward space policy. These attitudes deviate the most from the wider population among Evangelical Christians.

Assessing the Impact of Paid (Paternity) Leave

What happens when fathers are offered the option of taking time off of work during the first days following their child's birth?

Taking a Closer Look at Elderly Medicaid Recipients

Understanding how elderly individuals ultimately rely on Medicaid could be key to implementing changes that protect the fiscal longevity of both Medicaid and Medicare.

Big Data in the Big City

The era of “big” data in public policy has begun. In order to boost the value of survey data for urban use, researchers must make choices comparable and compatible with personal experiences.