Research in Brief

Social Skills: The New Employment Requirement?

Deming theorizes that, as manufacturing and other jobs have become more easily automated, the human ability to empathize and to be an effective “team player” has become more essential.

The Politics of Economic Growth and Stability

Legislative oversight is more significant to economic and political stability than electoral accountability.

Are electric cars more environmentally friendly? It depends where you drive them.

The boom in electric car sales, enhanced by federal subsidies, does not reflect the fact that, in some cases, powering those cars produces more emissions than powering conventional cars. The characteristics of each state and regional mode of electricity generation should be considered in designing a subsidy (or tax) scheme.

Can Financial Penalties Drive Hospitals to Improve Patient Care?

A new study finds evidence that financial penalties through the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program reduced patient readmissions for targeted conditions.

Understanding ‘Home Bias’ in the Global Stock Market

Stock price data for a set of Chinese firms highlight the effects of information asymmetry created by differences in social trust between local and foreign investors.

Stuck in the System: Which Youths Are Most Likely to Be Rearrested as Adults?

A current study explores the likelihood that juveniles in the criminal justice system will be rearrested as adults. Researchers find that variables influencing these outcomes differ across gender.

Mothers Behind Bars and the Children Who Suffer

Researchers examine the prevalence of mental health needs among children of incarcerated mothers and determine that many of them do not have access to necessary services.

(Mis)measuring Economic Wealth

In a new paper, Joseph Stiglitz offers potential ideas about what may have contributed to a mismeasurement of wealth.

Child and family

Does Medicaid coverage change the prenatal health behaviors of pregnant women?

Research shows that expanded Medicaid coverage has counterintuitive impacts on prenatal health behaviors, hurting infants’ health.

Mutual Interests: Why Myanmar Embraced FATF Regulations

A new study suggests Myanmar’s domestic policy goals, not international condemnation, drive adherence to international financial regulations.