Research in Brief

What Drives Oil and Gas Company Stock Prices?

To what extent do changing energy policies contribute to the volatility in oil and gas companies’ stock returns?

Understanding Mixed Messages in Baltimore’s War Against Crime

Baltimore’s attempt to replicate Chicago’s CeaseFire program presents less consistent outcomes with important lessons.

America’s Prisons: Warehouses or Criminal Creators?

A study of Cook County Courts seeks to pinpoint the true effects of imprisonment on employment and recidivism.

Juvenile Incarceration: Are We Locking Away Our Nation’s Future?

Incarcerated juveniles experience significant academic and social consequences compared to juveniles charged with similar crimes but not incarcerated.

The True Cost of Welfare Reform

Researchers take advantage of early randomized experiments to analyze the impact of workforce participation requirements and time limits on participants’ health.

Food Stamps: More than a Safety Net?

Researchers find positive effects on health and economic self-sufficiency decades after initial exposure to the largest US hunger safety net program.

Swallowing a Bitter Pill: Expensive Prescriptions Mean Low Adherence

Low-income patients benefit when physicians prescribe cheaper drugs, but physicians don’t always know how much patients pay.

The GED Is Changing: Evidence Suggests GED Prep Courses Should Change Too

Improved GED prep programs could significantly increase passage rates and college enrollment, suggests a timely and encouraging study from MDRC.

Can Gifting Computers to Students Narrow the Achievement Gap?

Researchers find that providing free computers to students lacking home computing access has no effect on educational outcomes.

China: Progress without Partnership

China’s reliance on economic growth is the primary reason it has remained so obstinate to world pacts on climate change.