Research in Brief

Hidden Threats to Healthcare Data Privacy Outside of HIPAA Protections

An increasing amount of data are being collected and used outside of HIPAA protections, which poses a significant threat to patient privacy and traditional doctor-patient relationships.

Stop, Look, and Listen: A Behavioral Approach to Reducing Teen Violence

A recent study finds that cost-effective behavioral intervention programs reduce crime rates by teaching teens to slow down and reflect before acting.

Testing the Impact of Non-cognitive Skills on Children’s Future Success

By studying the impact of the introduction of a universal child care program in Quebec, Baker et al. argue that shocks to the development of children’s non-cognitive skills lead to worse health, higher crime rates, and lower life satisfaction in the long run.

Predatory War or Preventive War? Two New Theories about Why States Fight against Terrorism

Despite the high cost and perceived ineffectiveness of fighting terrorism, countries must do so in order to preserve their sovereignty, legitimacy, and territorial integrity.

Good Neighbors: Addressing Race in Public Housing Integration

New research shows that perceived racial conflict is hindering the ability of black, public housing residents to integrate into predominantly white neighborhoods, an issue that the City of Chicago is doing nothing to address.

From Farm to Trashcan, America’s Food Supply Is Being Squandered: A Look At Consumer Attitudes

Researchers find that framing messages about food waste in terms of potential cost savings for consumers can be more effective than mentioning threats to the environment.

Rivalry among Criminal Organizations Is One of the Most Serious Threats to Free Press in Mexico

A study notes that the presence of profitable criminal organizations does not necessarily lead to higher levels of violence towards journalists, but rivalry among competing organizations does.

Do Democrats Always Spend More on Science Funding?

Contrary to popular perceptions, Democrats do not always spend more than Republicans on R&D.

Medicare Beneficiaries More Likely to Switch Away from Managed Care

A new study finds that high-cost Medicare beneficiaries are more likely to switch from private Medicare Advantage plans to original Medicare plans.

Are Gayborhoods Driving Economic Growth in US Cities?

A study finds that US cities with significant concentrations of gay men have seen more rapid economic development of their downtown neighborhoods in recent years.