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China’s Official Unemployment Rate: An Unusual Outlier or a Lie?

As a result of mismeasurement, the official unemployment rate series for China is implausible and is an outlier in the distribution of unemployment rates across countries ranked by their stages of development.


Moving to Opportunity: How Housing Policy Can Disrupt the Persistence of Poverty

What matters for future economic success is the amount of childhood exposure to better neighborhoods.

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Getting a Job: How Certain Characteristics Do (or Don’t) Influence Receiving a Callback

How does unemployment duration, age, or holding a low-level “interim” job affect the likelihood of receiving a callback from a potential employer?

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A Better Old Age: How Income Can Improve Later-Life Mental Health

Researchers show that an increase in Social Security income can significantly improve the elderly’s cognitive functions.


Stop, Look, and Listen: A Behavioral Approach to Reducing Teen Violence

A recent study finds that cost-effective behavioral intervention programs reduce crime rates by teaching teens to slow down and reflect before acting.


Testing the Impact of Non-cognitive Skills on Children’s Future Success

By studying the impact of the introduction of a universal child care program in Quebec, Baker et al. argue that shocks to the development of children’s non-cognitive skills lead to worse health, higher crime rates, and lower life satisfaction in the long run.

Governor Brown visits Wilbur Headstart program.

ABC, It’s as Easy as 1 2 3: Parents as Early Teachers

New research shows that parental incentives for child development can yield large gains in both cognitive and non-cognitive domains for young children.


Economic downturns: Bad for your wallet, good for your health?

A recent study confirms the finding that mortality rates decrease during recessions and that severe recessions produce even larger reductions in mortality rates.


If You Build It, They Won’t Come: Why Eliminating Food Deserts Won’t Close the Nutrition Gap

A recent study finds that nutritional differences across socioeconomic groups are not well explained by access to healthy foods.


The Unintended Consequence of Mandatory Child Care in Chile

A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research estimates the impact of mandatory childcare on the wages of women in Chile.

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