Research in Brief

Unintended Consequences: How Child Support Programs Discourage Employment for Low-Income Families

Low-income fathers with debt are more likely to reduce labor hours and child support payments.

Left Out: Women’s Life Changes Put Their Access to Health Insurance at Risk

Instability in low-income women’s life events corresponds to an increased reliance on public health insurance systems.

How Sweets, SNAP, and Stress Affect Childhood Obesity

A study examines prenatal risk factors among low-income Hispanic mothers that may lead to childhood obesity.

Holes in the Safety Net: Why Eligible Families Don’t Fully Participate in Assistance Programs

In Maryland, the lowest-income families aren’t signing on for the public assistance for which they’re eligible.

Enduring Damage: The Effects of Childhood Poverty on Adult Health

For young children, poverty’s most damaging effects manifest over time.

Sewing Up the Hole in the Safety Net: Hope for the Hard-To-Reach Homeless Through Medicaid Expansion

A study of Massachusetts’ Medicaid expansion shows a significant increase in Medicaid enrollment among the homeless seeking substance abuse treatment.

Why We’ll Need More Than Just Inhalers if Climate Change and Air Pollution Persist

A large, multi-country study in Europe demonstrates a synergistic relationship between climate change and air pollution and their negative effects on respiratory health.

Incarceration and Deterrence: Do Sentence Enhancements Prevent Crime?

Research finds evidence that sentence enhancements not only keep criminals off the streets, but also keep them from becoming criminals in the first place.

Peace Without Treaties

Stronger international laws may be discouraging states from signing peace treaties.

The Job-Skills Mismatch

Understanding why the US economy has done a poor job of matching workers to openings in the wake of the Great Recession.