Research in Brief

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.

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.