Research in Brief

Why Passing the State Budget on Time is a Must for Stabilizing Market Conditions

The authors of a study analyzing state budgets find that the lack of fiscal governance, defined as enacting a budget on time, causes variation in general obligation bond yield spreads for state issuers.

From Africa to China: the Adventure of African Merchants Entrepreneurs

Growing relations between Africa and China have led to an influx of African merchants in China. African merchants contribute to the emergence of transient spaces in Chinese cities, as well as to successful business performance, benefitting the Chinese economy and society.

If you Give a Kid a Preschool, She’ll Probably Want to Learn: Insights into Head Start

New research based on the Head Start Impact Study helps identify the program characteristics that lead to the greatest student gains.

Medicare Part D Plans: The more the merrier?

Recent research finds little evidence of choice overload in the Medicare Part D Plan market.

Down on the Farm: Agricultural workers receive lower wages than other workers

New research shows that increased urbanization may be a positive development because of a persistent “productivity gap” that exists between agricultural workers and workers employed in other sectors of the economy.

Sheltered Without Support: Where Do Most Homeless Families End Up?

Mothers of families struggling with homelessness most frequently seek out two main sources of help: doubling up by moving in with friends and family and emergency shelter stays. Both of these options offer an immediate reprieve but may have negative long-term effects.

University of Chicago Presidential Scholar Weighs In on Obama Library

Professor William Howell explores the reasons presidential libraries are important and the academic value of having the Obama Library near the University of Chicago.

Hands Off Health Insurance: Could Looser Restrictions on Health Insurance Plan Offerings Reduce Premiums?

A new study suggests that looser restrictions on health insurance plan offerings could result in lower premiums for state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces.

Conservation Development: Residential planning with an environmentalist’s eye

While conservation development schemes hold promise as a method of protecting sensitive lands within residential development, the ordinances that promote them should be improved.

Buckling Down By Lightening Up: How Humor Can Boost Students’ Persistence

In a randomized experiment, students who watched a funny video persisted with a mentally taxing task twice as long as other students.