Research in Brief

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.

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.