Research in Brief

Banking Africa’s Underbanked

Has growth in Africa’s financial sector been hindered by population density?

Alleviating Poverty with Pavement?

Authors investigate the role infrastructure improvement can play in improving outcomes for the developing world's urban poor

Setting Screens: The NCAA’s Universal Sickle Cell Tests

Intervention, not universal screening, is the key to protecting NCAA student-athletes with sickle cell traits

A Leg Up or a Boot Out?

Are school closures improving student achievement or just moving kids around?

Risk or Reward? Assessing the Economic Impact of Fracking

Authors examine the economic impact of natural gas extraction on local economies.

Noted: Experimenting with Open Access Notes in Medicine

Giving patients access to their doctor's notes can benefit both patients and physicians

Big Mac, Big Real Wage Differences

Orley C. Ashenfelter examines the real wage rate for McDonald's workers and finds substantial differences in rich and poor countries.

The Regulators

How should policymakers approach regulation in settings with weak institutions

Oh Behave! Increasing Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Better Outcomes

Across three studies, researchers found that a students’ ability to manage emotions was correlated with good classroom behavior

Housing Booms and Manufacturing Busts: Hidden Job Loss in the U.S.

Authors locate the cause of the great recession in hidden weaknesses in the U.S. manufacturing sector