Research in Brief

The Unintended Consequences of Subsidized Irrigation Conservation

Government-led, cost share programs enabling US farmers to adopt water-saving irrigation systems may actually be increasing water use. Changing the way water rights are defined might help.

The Unintended Consequence of Mandatory Child Care in Chile

A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates the impact of mandatory childcare on the wages of women in Chile.

Philosophy vs. Science in New York Vaccine Debate

New York State has a substantial and diverse population with diverse reasons for objecting to compulsory vaccination. A recent article discusses the options available to the state in dealing with philosophical objectors when public health and safety are on the line.

Economic Elites in the Driver’s Seat

Based on a new dataset of policy changes, Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page bring new evidence to cross-examine American politics: how democratic is American democracy?

Occupational Licenses: Reason for Caution or Celebration?

A new study finds occupational licenses increase wages, employment, and benefits of those with licenses. While good for entrenched workers, these licenses could be problematic for consumers and non-licensed workers.

It’s Back to School for Head Start Parents

New research shows that, for some parents, the Head Start program can improve educational outcomes but has no impact on employment outcomes.

The Economic Impact of Frugality: Evidence from Tobacco Farmers in Malawi

Tobacco farmers in Malawi were offered a direct-deposit savings account, which yielded significant positive impacts on their financial behavior and increases in their agricultural outputs. These results suggest a potential driver for economic growth and poverty reduction in the region.

The US Manufacturing Industry’s Global Fight

A new study confirms a resurgence of the US manufacturing industry in the last five years, primarily driven by a reduction in labor costs, depreciation of the US dollar, and reduction in domestic energy prices.

Who Feels the Effects of Corporate Tax Change?

Who Feels the Effects of Corporate Tax Change?

A new study uses a spatial model of local economies to calculate the incidence of corporate income tax on firms, workers, and landowners.

Who Benefits Most from Head Start Programs?

New research on the impact of Head Start finds that participation leads to large cognitive gains, particularly among children with the lowest initial cognitive skills.