Research in Brief

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.

School’s Out for Summer: Disadvantages of the Year-Round School Calendar on Maternal Employment

A recent study finds that year-round elementary school calendars negatively impact maternal employment because it is more difficult for parents to secure child care.

Growth of Extreme Poverty in the US: Is Welfare Reform Largely to Blame?

New research estimates the growth of families living in extreme poverty from 1996 to 2011 is 159 percent, and the authors argue that welfare reform is largely to blame.

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.