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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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Trump’s boomerang effect on trust and motivation

This post presents results from a survey on Americans’ feelings when following the news about President Trump and his Administration, and how the news might affect their voting behavior in the midterm elections.

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Pain Relief Without Pills

CESR researcher Joan Broderick Trains Health Care Providers on a Successful, Non-Pharma Approach for Patients to Manage Their Chronic Pain that may help stem American’s opioid crisis.

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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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