Research in Brief

Price check: Smarter shopping in health care could reduce patient costs

Prices for health care services are often a mystery to patients, but a new study suggests that being more upfront about prices beforehand could help reduce healthcare spending through smarter healthcare shopping.

Dispelling the Myth: Why State Tax Breaks for Businesses Do Not Spur Economic Growth

A decline in the corporate tax rate enforced through state policy is found by a new study to be immaterial to investment decisions for businesses and therefore a non-factor for spurring economic growth within a state.

Buy One, Get One: Air Quality Co-Benefits of US Carbon Policies

Co-benefits from improved air quality can offset some if not all of the near-term costs of carbon-reduction policies. If the US commits to buying a carbon policy, citizens will also get reduced air pollution and improved health for free.

Culture and the environment: How cultural values influence global ecologic practices

Researchers explore whether links exist between global environmental performance and culture.

Droning to Win: How the UAV Wars Began

Computer scientists investigate Unmanned Aerial Vehicle vulnerability to third-party hacking, showing that commercial drone use is likely to be heavily regulated.

Live Fast, Die Young, Defend Your Status: The Code of Retaliation

A harsh childhood can lead to a life strategy that condones violence in response to status threats. An economic game shows that such a worldview is linked to heightened envy in unfair situations.

Too Much or Not Enough? Rethinking School Breakfast Programs

Research suggests that school breakfast programs may be falling short of the goal to provide universal access to a nutritional morning meal and may be contributing to unhealthy amounts of food intake.

The Price of Non-Admission: Costs of Not Attending College

New research suggests that college education is beneficial for marginal students, with strong effects on future earnings, particularly for men and high school students who received free lunch.

Driving Innovation: Firm Diversity and the Startup Ecosystem

Diversity of firm size is arguably a vital contributor to a region’s innovation.