Research in Brief

Culture and the environment: How cultural values influence global ecologic practices

Researchers explore whether links exist between global environmental performance and culture.

Droning to Win: How the UAV Wars Began

Computer scientists investigate Unmanned Aerial Vehicle vulnerability to third-party hacking, showing that commercial drone use is likely to be heavily regulated.

Live Fast, Die Young, Defend Your Status: The Code of Retaliation

A harsh childhood can lead to a life strategy that condones violence in response to status threats. An economic game shows that such a worldview is linked to heightened envy in unfair situations.

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.