Research in Brief

An Irrational Decision? Preventative Care Use Declines During High Unemployment

A new study suggests that preventative care has lower demand during high unemployment because it has an immediate cost but a delayed benefit.

Sharing the Burden: Are Cost Sharing Initiatives as Effective among Individuals with Lower Incomes?

Who bears the burden of increased patient cost sharing?

Can Separate Still Be Equal? A Look at Gender Sorting in American Schools

A new study finds that school choice increases gender sorting in our nation’s schools.

Good Day Sunshine: Investigating Solar Installation and Home Resale Premiums

A new study explores the home resale premiums associated with solar photovoltaic systems and how these premiums compare to predictions from standard appraisal techniques.

More Efficient Energy Efficiency: Smarter Program Targeting Means Higher Savings

New research shows that targeting high energy customers is an effective way to achieve substantial energy savings in utility conservation and efficiency programs.

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.