Research in Brief

Modeling the Gang Ecosystem

Researchers examine whether gang-related violence can be predicted using models taken from ecology.

School Retention Policies: Every Child Left Behind?

Amidst the debate over school district retention policies, new research claims that retaining students is associated with a decline in the test scores of their peers.

Are Health Policy Preferences Really About Health? The Hidden Influence of Biased Media Portrayals

A recent survey suggests that stigmatizing images of obese people in medical health articles can significantly increase reader support for policies that discriminate against the obese.

Increased Immigration Leading to Higher Wages for Native Born Citizens?

Supply driven immigration may result in net positive employment.

Short-Circuiting: Budgeting Instability Reduces Alternative Energy Innovation

Instability in federal alternative energy investment is shown to reduce innovation in the sector.

Nobel Peace Prize Shines International Spotlight on Chemical Weapons

A look at one of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize winners and why its previously unsung efforts to rid the world of chemical weapons are more critical than ever.

Churning through Children’s Health: Improving Continuity of Medicaid Coverage

Researchers evaluate how implementation of continuous-eligibility enrollment policies affects the average length of children’s enrollment in the Medicaid program.

Intellectual Property Rights Spur Innovation…Sometimes

Researchers find that a universal IPR level could have a sub-optimal impact on innovation.

Electronic Health Records: A Prescription for Quality Care?

A study of New York City clinics demonstrates the benefits of electronic health records and pay-for-performance incentives.

Was White Flight Good for African Americans?

White flight to the suburbs was a leading cause of rising black homeownership in the mid-20th century, according to new research.