Research in Brief

What Do Kids Do on Saturdays? Insight into How Race and Income Impact Children’s Leisure Time

A study examines the ties between income, race, and children’s after school activities in Phoenix, Arizona.

How Do Early Social Interactions Shape a Woman’s Labor Supply?

Researchers examine how early social interaction shapes the gender identity of women and influences their choice of work hours.

The Power of the (Medicare) Dollar: Changes in Medicare Payments Affect Private Insurance Payouts

A study of market factors that influence Medicare’s ability to set prices provides interesting and offsetting long term implications.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Design a Better Study: Insights into Residential Energy Conservation

Carefully designed randomized trials could help to assess which low-cost efficiency measures have the most notable effect on heating related energy consumption.

Ethanol’s Mixed Benefits and Crippling Costs

New research suggests corn ethanol mandates are having minimal success in achieving their goals while contributing to massive increases in food prices in the United States and across the world.

Measuring Economic Policy Uncertainty: A Study Analysis

A subject of debate: is economic policy uncertainty holding back a stronger post-Great Recession recovery?

Rising from the Ashes: Economic Transformation in Rust Belt Cities

Recent research reveals that some urban rust belt cities adapted to the changing economic environment to become stable performers in their region.

Is the Child Labor Ban in India Causing Trouble?

India’s Child Labor Act of 1986 proves to have backfired on itself with increased child labor and diminished household welfare.

Are Private Prisons Worth the Trouble?

Private prisons are cheaper to build and to manage than publicly run prisons, but it is unclear whether they reduce costs overall, and they may incentivize private corporations to provide poor facilities.

Growing Partnerships: Public Gardens Are Helping Cities Address Urban Challenges

A new study examines the role that public garden partnerships can play during times of urban scarcity.