Research in Brief

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.

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.