Research in Brief

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.

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.