Research in Brief

The Welfare Investment: How Child Sponsorship Is Tied to Future Education and Employment

Children participating in an international sponsorship program are more likely to attain higher education and formal employment.

Creating Self-Enforcing Democracy: Fraud, Protest, and the Role of International Observers

The presence of international elections observers may discourage both election fraud and “sore loser” protests.

Scaling Back Quantitative Easing: Domestic Recovery at a Foreign Cost

Federal Reserve announcements about “tapering,” or reducing the level of quantitative easing, had significant negative impacts on financial asset prices in otherwise robust emerging market economies.

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.