Research in Brief

Does a Wife Shortage in China Mean More Crime Too?

The authors of a new study look at the excess of single men due to the marriage market and gender imbalance in China as a cause of an increase in crime.

Raise the Roof: Comparing Cost Savings from Efficient Roof Upgrades

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers compare the 50-year net savings for white and “green” (vegetated) roofs, which are displacing conventional black roofs in the US building sector.

It’s Getting Hot in Here, Now I’m a Climate Change Believer

A series of studies demonstrates why people use trends in local weather and temperature, rather than statistically relevant global climate patterns, to construct their beliefs about climate change.

Protecting Our Kids: Domestic Violence, Corporal Punishment, and Risk

Parental attitudes toward domestic violence and corporal punishment directly inform whether children are at risk for physical or psychological violence.

Medicare Advantage – An Advantage to Whom?

Thanks to limited competition, additional Medicaid Advantage payments are captured by insurers and other third parties instead of being passed along to beneficiaries.

Academic Stress in China: Coping with High Expectations in School Environments

How do high school students cope with high expectations? A look at academic stress levels in China.

Not for Rent: Factors Behind Racial Discrimination in the US Rental Market

Researchers explore the role of prejudice in race-based rental discrimination.

What’s Race Got to Do With It? The Relationship Between Race and Health Outcomes in Segregated Neighborhoods

New research finds that race and ethnicity are important mechanisms through which neighborhood segregation affects self-rated health.

The Cost of Wind Energy: Tradeoffs between Energy Storage and Transmission

New research finds that transmission costs must be at least $600/MW-km and energy storage must cost at most $100/kW h in order for wind energy storage to be economical.

No Gains From Good Governance?: Why Foreign Companies Opt Out of Strict Regulatory Practices

Foreign companies that cross-list on US stock exchanges can make substantial financial gains from adopting US corporate governance practices yet firms overwhelmingly choose to opt out, suggesting substantial private opportunity costs from stricter regulations.