Research in Brief

Movers and Stayers – Residential Mobility as a Measure of Family Well-Being

Political scientist Robin Phinney explores why some low-income families decide to move while others do not.

Ending Poverty? Modern Slums and Stagnation in Government Action

Researchers find that the mechanisms behind past slum development success stories do not adequately translate to fixing slums in the modern developing world.

Growing Pains: The Link Between Increasing Wage Inequality and City Size

Researchers establish a possible connection between rising wage inequality and city size.

The Role of City Planners in Building Family-Friendly Communities

A new study examines the attitudes of planners towards family-friendly communities and finds several factors are critical to the creation of urban environments that are more conducive to child welfare and development.

Behind Public Opinion: What Makes Hydraulic Fracturing Controversial

Understanding individual perceptions can help explain public opinion polls about hydraulic fracturing.

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?