Research in Brief

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iFlating the U.S. Trade Deficit with China

While designed and marketed in Cupertino, California, the iPhone is estimated to have contributed $1.9 billion to the U.S. trade deficit with China in 2009. This is the finding of Yuqing Xing and Neal Detert, two economists with the Asian Development Bank Institute.

Where Are Charters the Answer?

Where Are Charters the Answer?

Charters are commonly seen as the answer to urban school districts’ troubles. However, it appears that they are not the answer to education issues everywhere, and may not be the answer at all.

Greening the Rust Belt

Greening the Rust Belt

As the economy struggles to rebound and the foreclosure crisis takes its toll on American cities, vacant land and abandoned buildings continue to abound. For America’s once-great manufacturing cities, the impact has been even greater as metropolitan areas throughout the Midwest struggle to find an identity in a post-industrial world. In the article "Can cities become self-reliant in food?" Sharanbir Grewal and Parwinder Grewal suggest that urban agriculture may provide a solution to both of these woes.

Immergluck and the Evolution of the FHA

Immergluck and the Evolution of the FHA

Some might like to blame George Bush’s “ownership society,” with its emphasis on homeownership as a cure-all for social ills of all kinds, for the intrusion of the federal government into the housing and mortgage markets. But as Dan Immergluck explains in his recent article, government agencies – particularly the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – have played significant, and varied, roles in homeownership since World War II.