Research in Brief

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.

Widening the Gap: China’s Land Reform and Gender Disparities

The main culprit for China’s gender gap expansion in the early 1980s might have been the post-Mao land reform rather than the One Child Policy.

Immigration ≠ Crime

The connection between crime and immigration is not as solid as is portrayed in the media.

Will Increasing Illegal Immigration Enforcement Reduce Crime In Your Neighborhood?

New research determines the link between illegal immigration and crime while examining the results of immigration enforcement policy on crime rates in Prince William County, Virginia.

Immigration Makes Economic Sense, Say Researchers

Study shows how the positive impact of immigration extends beyond the traditional services sector.

Editor’s Note: Opportunity and Need in the Juvenile Justice System

We take a look back at the articles from our Child and Family Special Series on Juvenile Justice and the powerful, lasting consequences for the youth involved.

Consequences of Juvenile Arrests on Education: How Law and Educational Policies Hurt More than Help

Adolescents who are arrested are more likely to drop out of high school and to fail to enroll in a four-year college.

Are We Reaching Young Women Most at Need in the Juvenile Justice System?

Why is the rate of juvenile delinquency falling less slowly for females than for males? The key may lie in understanding the diversity in the population?