Research in Brief

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.

Do you want a higher minimum wage with that?

This classic study of fast food restaurants challenged economic orthodoxy on the minimum wage.

Paradox of Subsidy: Could Biofuel subsidies be increasing CO2 emissions?

A new study finds that biofuel subsidies from 1981-2011 paradoxically may have led to the increase in oil production and greenhouse gas emissions.

How Message Framing Can Help Explain Energy User Motivations

Targeted message framing can help increase participation in and understanding of energy efficient programs provided by utility companies and government subsidies, which are largely unknown by residents.

High Quality Vocab Cues from Parents Predict Better Comprehension Among Their Children

Children who received higher quality vocabulary cues from their parents are found to have higher vocabulary comprehension scores than those whose parents gave lower quality cues.

Another Path: Can school-based gang prevention programs show youth a way out?

An evaluation of the G.R.E.A.T. program, implemented as a school-based response to gang activity among youths, finds that students enrolled in the program are less likely than their peers to join gangs or have negative attitudes towards the police.