Research in Brief

No Excuses: BP-funded Study Suggests Mercury Limits Are Attainable

An analysis of 11 mercury removal methods finds that meeting federal limits for mercury levels in wastewater is possible with current technologies.

Waiting for Superbugs: Patient expectations drive dangerous overprescription of antibiotics

A recent study investigates the link between the public health hazard of antibiotic resistance and the prescription of ineffectual antibiotics for bronchitis.

Recipe for Disaster: The Link Between Urban Planning and Karachi’s Political Violence

Researchers explain political violence in Pakistan’s largest city in terms of informal urban planning rather than ethnic tensions.

Expiring Budgets and Spending Sprees: The Cost of Use-it-or-Lose-it Budgeting

Spikes in spending at the fiscal year-end lead to staggering losses and inefficiencies in government procurement.

Is the Structure of SNAP Linked to Cyclical Illness?

Seligman et al look at whether the once-a-month nature of SNAP benefits can be linked to cyclical health problems.

The Conflict Between Religious Freedom and American Sensitivity to Islam

Research shows the number of hate groups within an area can influence the power dynamic of Islamic religious groups, their relationship with the local government, and an elected official’s response to such controversies.

The State of the Union in Brief

To encourage evidence-based policy, CPR lists some of the most relevant research on President Obama's policy proposals in the State of the Union.

Making Sanctions Toothless: How Authoritarian Regimes Survive Under International Pressure

While sanctions have become a popular tool in foreign policy, they may not be effective in confronting certain authoritarian regimes.

Friends to the End: How the Wrong Social Network Increases Risk of Homicide Victimization

Within a high-risk population, are the occurences of homicide victimization largely random or more closely related?

Separate and Suffering: The Damaging Effects of Residential Segregation on Metropolitan Economies

Residential segregation is shown to drive down income growth across all economic levels.