Research in Brief

(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.

Cheap Talk and the Economics of Negotiation

Empirical research shows that impatient sellers use round numbers to signal their willingness to cut prices in order to sell more quickly.

Using Real Time Data to Forecast Impacts of Financial Crises

New research outlines the impact of economic crises in the Post-War Era using real time data.

How Dictators Adapt to Modernity

Economist Sergei Guriev and political scientist Daniel Treisman utilize informational theory to articulate the way in which modern dictators survive in an age of mass information and globalization.

A Tripartite Alliance for Hukou Reform

Although earlier hukou reforms benefited rural residents by allowing them to seek employment and business opportunities in the city, recent hukou reforms have served as a wheel of agrarian capitalism, the purpose of which is to lure or force rural residents to leave land for city and to open up the countryside for agrarian capital.

Winners and Losers in the Shale Gas Boom

Society is accruing a large economic benefit from the shale gas boom. While more evidence is needed to calculate the costs of the externalities associated with techniques such as fracking, those costs would need to be very large to justify preventing this new technique.

Hacking Back against Cyber Attacks

Active defense against cyber crimes falls into a grey area between what is legal and what is not. Without a sound regulatory framework for cyber security practices, back hacking actions are both challenging and risky.