Research in Brief

Too Much or Not Enough? Rethinking School Breakfast Programs

Research suggests that school breakfast programs may be falling short of the goal to provide universal access to a nutritional morning meal and may be contributing to unhealthy amounts of food intake.

The Price of Non-Admission: Costs of Not Attending College

New research suggests that college education is beneficial for marginal students, with strong effects on future earnings, particularly for men and high school students who received free lunch.

Driving Innovation: Firm Diversity and the Startup Ecosystem

Diversity of firm size is arguably a vital contributor to a region’s innovation.

The New Development Bank: A Building Block of an Alternative World Order?

Seen as an initiative to restructure international financial structures, the BRICS bank may not necessarily be a stepping stone to further security and strategic institutionalization.

Observations from a New Frontier: Medicare’s Experience with Risk Adjustment

New research suggests Medicare's switch to risk-adjusted payments did not reduce overpayments. This example highlights the complexities of healthcare payment reform.

It Takes a Village: The Effects of Familial Financial Support on Children Raised by Single Mothers

New research shows that support from fathers, family, and friends plays a crucial role in relieving the economic burden of low-income, single mothers, resulting in benefits for the behavioral and developmental outcomes of their children.

Participatory Budgeting: Increasing the Power of the Taxpayer over Public Expenditures

How effective is participatory budgeting at increasing government accountability and responsiveness in municipalities? Programs in Brazil find that allowing residents to choose preferential projects improves their social welfare and shifts constituent priorities to the forefront of public expenditures.

To Smoke or Not to Smoke: Evidence on the ineffectiveness of warning labels

Cigarette package warning labels might not make a difference, as researchers find smokers do not make decisions based on their existence.

Going for Broke: The Benefits of Bankruptcy Protection

A new study finds that Chapter 13 Bankruptcy increases annual income, decreases five-year foreclosure rates points, and decreases five-year mortality.

Beyond the Classroom: How outreach and structure can improve college outcomes

New research shows that cost-effective summer counseling interventions that help students through the enrollment process significantly boosted college enrollment and persistence rates.