Research in Brief

Separate and unequal: Addressing segregation in our nation’s schools

In a new paper published in the American Journal of Education, Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley examines the role school district boundaries and desegregation policies play in achieving fully integrated schools.

Congress Derailed: Fear and the American Dream, Redux

Field research demonstrates that immigration reform might rely less on racial conservatism and more on nature, neighborhoods, and the melting pot.

Renewable Energy Policy – Not Just a Domestic Issue

Supportive renewable energy policy has a significant effect on international trade for solar energy technology components, where early investment is the key to large growth for exporting countries.

Social Support and PTSD – A Step Toward Understanding the Association

New research provides evidence for an association between a lack of social support, emotional hiding, and an increased risk of having posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Medical Monopoly: Could Too Much Collaboration in Health Care Yield Higher Prices?

Accountable Care Organizations aim to make healthcare more efficient through closer relationships between physicians and hospitals, but a new study suggests that too much coziness might result in increased costs.

Opt-In, Opt-Out Options Vie for Top Billing in Efforts to Reduce Electricity Use

A 2011 pilot program found that when customers opted-in to electricity rates that vary by time of day, they reduced their peak-hour electricity use.

A Deep Dive into Immigrant Children’s Health

Recent research highlights the diverse ways an immigrant parent's demographics correlate with the likelihood his or her child receives healthcare services.

Solving a Labor Crisis or Exploiting Foreign Tech Workers? The H-1B Visa in Review

While the tech industry claims that H-1B visas help address labor shortages and bring in the best and brightest engineers, data shows that they can drive down wages and indenture migrant workers.

Silent Observers: How Children Internalize Witnessing Domestic Violence in Their Homes

Play and artwork may reveal that children are deeply impacted by witnessing domestic violence at home and are confused by their emotional reactions.

The Cost of Gender Inequality

Beyond issues of gender equity and human development, research points to damaging economic consequences for regions with large gender gaps in education and employment.