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Why did it take a fire to raise the funds? Charitable giving in the aftermath of the Notre Dame fire

This post discusses how “warm glow” charitable giving may explain the outpouring of donations to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in the wake of the fire

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The Effect of Thank-You Calls on Charitable Giving

This post presents results from a large-scale experiment assessing the impact on future donations to charity of thank you calls to past donors.

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The Lancet special issue on Advancing Women in Science, Medicine, and Global Health

What lessons can we learn about promoting gender equity from Singapore’s experience of investing in public health? A paper in The Lancet by CESR economist Joanne Yoong explores this issue.

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Do time frames matter in self-report research?

Questionnaires often differ in the time frame they use to assess how people feel. The choice of time frame can impact the findings and we advise to keep the time frames consistent across the measures.

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Explaining differences in individuals’ health: a new theory

This blog post discusses a new way to understand the relationship between a person’s socioeconomic status and their health and longevity.

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Open the door to a world of data

This post discusses the Gateway to Global Aging Data, an NIA-funded dataset housed at the University of Southern California that provides researchers across disciplines with opportunities for longitudinal and cross-national studies of health, social, and economic status of older people.

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Can Interactive Disclosure Design Improve Investor Performance?

Disclosure is a central component of financial regulatory policy around the globe, yet its efficacy is an open question.  This blog posts discusses the effects of new designs for online prospectuses on investor outcomes. (more…)

Education Can Reduce Genetic Association with Obesity

A USC study finds that an extra year of education can influence whether or not someone becomes obese, especially among those at higher risk of obesity.

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Thomas Jefferson, Donald Trump, and Freedom of the Press

Americans overwhelmingly  oppose government restrictions on the press. They disagree with Trump attacks on the media and worry that the attacks could incite violence. (But Republicans see this differently.)

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What types of food aid programs do Americans prefer, and why?

The American public is split on the kinds of welfare programs they support: some people prefer free programs and others prefer programs that require families to incur some costs. This mirrors a similar split in policy and practice, for instance in the debate about aid programs’ work requirements.

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