Research in Brief

Developing Efficiency: Why energy efficiency gains in China may not be fully realized

The rebound effect, which measures the increased demand for energy from increasing energy efficiency, is found to be strong in Chinese urban residential electricity use.

Conditional Demand Analysis: A cheap and effective approach to modeling residential energy usage

The statistical technique of conditional demand analysis allows Canadian researchers to cheaply estimate residential appliance savings and help policymakers structure behavioral and technological conservation programs.

The Billion Dollar Question: Are Counter-Terrorism Efforts Effective?

A review of counter-terrorism evaluation research raises critical questions about lack of evidence for costly programs and strategies.

Collaboration and Competition in Counterterrorism

Nations that claim to cooperate on counterterrorism may in fact be competing for safety.

Learned Behavior: With Parents in Prison, Do Children Develop Lasting Bad Health Habits?

With more and more parents in prison, what can we expect of their children’s health outcomes as adults?

Good Schools, Low Taxes, and Access to Medicaid?

Researchers at Harvard University find little evidence that people migrate to become eligible for Medicaid.

Understanding Medicaid’s Effects on New Enrollees: A Qualitative Approach

The authors utilize an alternative methodological approach—one that emphasizes qualitative research—in order to better understand how newly insured individuals interact with the healthcare system.

Ms. Mayor: The Impact of Female Leaders on Social Welfare Spending in Cities

Recent research reveals a positive relationship between female mayors and funding for social welfare programs.

Flipping the Script on What Causes City Green Initiatives

Researchers find new data that contradict their previously held belief that cities push for community-wide green sustainability programs for their cost-saving benefits.

Can Different Learning Activities Bring Out Students’ Unseen Academic Potential?

Problem-based learning units can help teachers identify students with advanced academic potential whose giftedness might otherwise be ignored.