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Exploring Mothers’ and Fathers’ Motivations to Participate in Parenting Programs

Programs to strengthen parenting skills aim to improve children’s wellbeing. Here we look at results from Sweden showing what motivates parents to participate in these programs.


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…)

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?


A Crisis of Development? The Unintended Consequences of Refugee Aid

June 20th marked World Refugee Day; this year, the number of displaced people in the world has reached a record 65.3 million, of which 12.5 million are Syrian. The refugee crisis in Europe has rightly drawn attention and financial assistance from the west. However, is it at the cost of traditional international development and its accountability mechanisms? (more…)

A New Look of Commuting in the United States

Researchers looked at commuting data from three years of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) to see how stressful and meaningful these activities are.


Didn’t you Hear? The Understanding America Study is Here.

With Election Day 2015 just past, it’s less than year to go before America picks a new president – and that means polls, polls and more polls. (more…)

What do We Know, and How do We Feel about Police Homicides in the US?

A year ago a Washington Post article posed an ominous question: How many police shootings take place a year? The answer was startling: No one knows.  (more…)

Long Term Educational Consequences of Alternative Conditional Cash Transfer Designs: Experimental Evidence from Colombia

Conditional cash transfers (CCT) are increasingly prevalent social assistance programs in low and middle-income countries, benefiting over 110 million (more…)

Income Supplements Boost Health and Wellbeing of Elderly in Developing Countries

The fast pace of population aging presents serious challenges to governments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). These countries are essentially growing old before they grow rich, leading to a policy conundrum: how to provide financial and health security to the old without breaking the bank. (more…)

What Questions Should be Asked on a National Well-Being Survey?

Many governments around the world have been expressing interest in conducting surveys to measure national well-being and in using the results to guide policy. But there remain many open questions. (more…)

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