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No regrets: Older adults reflect on their Social Security claiming decisions

This post discusses findings from a qualitative study on older adults’ ex post assessment of their decision of when to claim their Social Security retirement benefit.

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When Survey Respondents Don’t Pay Attention

We used a trap question to study if respondents were paying attention in a survey. We found that not paying attention was related to personality traits and lower levels of survey effort.

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Wealthier, Happier and More Self-Sufficient? Anti-Poverty Programs may Help

Can anti-poverty programs have lasting impacts on wellbeing and self-sufficiency at lower taxpayer cost? We explore this question in the context of a Colombian conditional cash transfer program.

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Police Homicides in the United States

This post presents emerging findings from Fatal Encounters, the most comprehensive police collection of homicide data in the country. The database aims to inform policy to reduce police homicide by documenting the extent and nature of the problem across the US.

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Can Public Health Be Separated From Public Policy?

If a person’s life expectancy is predicated simply on where they live, as research shows, what can be done to improve the health of those in unhealthy neighborhoods? Dr. Tony Iton, senior vice president for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, says it’ll take fighting inequities and discriminatory beliefs.

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Controlling Tuberculosis in Cambodia: Solutions from Listening to Patient and Community Views

Strengthening of primary (horizontal) health services for TB diagnosis and treatment in Cambodia are essential to improve perceptions and trust in the wider health system and to enhance tuberculosis control.

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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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