Surveys and character skills: The information we reveal without even trying

Measuring effort people put forward on surveys could provide us with information on important character skills related to conscientiousness and diligence.

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 5

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers.  (more…)

Election verdict: Pharma Needs a New Prescription

Dana Goldman and Darius Lakdawalla provide a policy prescription list for the pharmaceutical industry aimed at improving access for patients today without discouraging investments into tomorrow’s medical innovations.  (more…)

Adverse Selection and Marriage Timing: Does HIV Testing Accelerate Marriage?

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic is associated with delayed marriage and fertility in Sub-Saharan Africa.  An experiment shows that routine HIV testing could reverse this pattern. (more…)

Repairing Democracy: We Can’t All Get What We Want, But Can We Avoid Getting What Most of Us *Really* Don’t Want?

This post illustrates what multicandidate open voting could look like if voters had the option to vote for one candidate, to vote against one candidate, or to rate all the different candidates in more complex ways. Data collected in the heat of the 2016 US presidential primaries suggests that the result would have been dramatically different than under the current system. (more…)

Can asking about people’s social circles inform election predictions?

Asking people about how their social circles will vote, as in the 2016 USC Dornsife / LA Times Presidential Election Poll, might help to predict people’s voting behavior.

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The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 4

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

Is Self-Reporting an Accurate Tool for Measuring Happiness Among Men and Women?

Women around the world report higher life satisfaction levels than men, even though they’re worse off in many ways – they have lower incomes, feel less healthy, face gender discrimination, and more. What’s going on here?

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Measuring Value in Clinical Trials: Patient Preference Doesn’t Equal Average Survival

Though clinical trials most often rely on average survival rates as measures of value, these are not synonymous indicators. New research by the Schaeffer Center finds additional factors may weigh in patient’s treatment choice.  (more…)

The Essential Scan: Top Findings in Health Policy Research | Edition 3

What’s the latest in health policy research? The Essential Scan, produced by the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, aims to help keep you informed on the latest research and what it means for policymakers. (more…)

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