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America’s Schools Need Remedial Education

Time-consuming and costly efforts to reform the educational system in the United States have failed, with test scores having barely budged from three decades ago. But a researcher presenting at a CESR conference believes our schools can be saved – if our communities want to step up and help.

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A company of one

As Americans begin working for themselves in greater numbers, either by choice or for lack of other opportunities, public policy will need to change with the labor force to prevent inequality from worsening.

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Can money buy happiness?

Just what factors make a nation’s citizens happy with their country? Research from CESR Executive Director Arie Kapteyn shows it’s not simply a matter of having a pocketful of dollars (or kroner or francs or…). The social safety net plays a large role in a citizen’s contentment, as does the government in charge of administering those benefits.

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Health systems, technology and combating stigma in the fight against tuberculosis

An NGO’s approach to addressing the challenge of TB in India and Cambodia.

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The inequalities of health, wealth, and happiness

On Wednesday, March 15 at USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research celebrated a five-year anniversary by hosting a conference on The Future of Inequality.  This post summarizes keynote presentations exploring inequities in the areas of demography, international comparisons, mortality, labor, and education, from Anthony Iton, Arie Kapteyn, Anne Case, Angus Deaton, Alan Krueger and Paul Reville.

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Despair Apparent

For many white Americans without a college education, avenues of opportunity that once were available to them have been blocked off. Now, as a reaction to poor health, dead-end jobs, failing families, and crumbling institutions, evidence shows this vulnerable population is giving up on their lives in astonishing numbers. (more…)

The Price of Votes: Exploring the Effect of Ad Spending in the Last Presidential Campaign

Can ad spending change voter’s choice for President? A new approach uses administrative data and the Understanding America Study to evaluate the ability of campaign advertisements to persuade voters. (more…)

Teacher Pay: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

New research with improved data and research methods challenges widely held beliefs about teacher pay, particularly how much they earn relative to other occupations. Authors discuss implications of findings for improving educational quality.

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Cross-Country Comparisons of Disability and Morbidity: Evidence from the Gateway to Global Aging Data

The Gateway to Global Aging portal provides access to a unique set of survey data that allows researchers to conduct cross-country comparisons of health outcomes among older adults.

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How Pre-Ordering Groceries can Help You Stick to your New Year’s Resolution

We conducted a research study with a local grocery store to learn about customer food choices. We found that pre-ordering foods in advance increased the healthfulness of food purchased.

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