Research in Brief

Winners and Losers: Income Inequality and Its Effects on Outcomes in Major League Baseball

Those superstar salaries? A new study of professional baseball shows they may be dragging down your team’s performance.

Dividing the Carrot: How Americans Think About Foreign Aid

One study looks at how Americans fare when navigating the complexities of U.S. foreign policy to make informed decisions on foreign aid.

Downtown Democracy: Municipal Government’s Responsiveness to Mass Policy Preferences

New research finds that there is an ideological-bent to municipal public policies, and that this trend is reflective of the mass public’s policy preferences.

The “Brand Premium”: Measuring the Welfare Consequences of Advertising on Consumers

New research finds that misinformation plays a significant role in the brand choices of consumers for most healthcare items and pantry staples, concluding that marketing and advertising campaigns have a negative impact on consumer welfare.

Beer Pong and…Study Habits? You May Learn More from Your College Roommate Than You Realize

New research suggests college peers may have significant effects on each other’s academic achievement, but the effects differ in size for students from different backgrounds.

Nudging Disadvantaged Students Towards Improved College Application Decisions

The college application process is riddled with uncertainty, and students in disadvantaged areas in particular may not have access to quality counseling or other resources to guide them. A recent study shows how a cheap policy change dramatically impacted the college decisions of disadvantaged students—and likely, their incomes.

The Mindfield: Navigating Veterans Mental Health Policy

OIF and OEF heroes team with mental health professionals in the closest armed services-to-research relationship to date on the issues of PTSD and Veteran’s affairs

Advancing Women in the Workplace Through a Gender-Targeted Approach to Workforce Development

Research suggests a gendered lens to government workforce initiatives would help foster the advancement of women in the workplace.

Bidding for Fool’s Gold? The Uncertain Benefits of Hosting the World Cup

A recent paper underscores the difficulty of studying the World Cup and does not draw firm conclusions, but finds suggestive evidence that hosting the World Cup could have a negative impact on exports.