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A Little Push Can Make a Big Difference: Temporary Savings Promotions Help the Poor Earn More in the Long Run

Can short-term incentives to save help microentrepreneurs lift themselves out of poverty? Results from a randomized controlled trial in Kenya say yes. (more…)

The Long-Term Benefits of Quality Early Childcare for Disadvantaged Mothers and their Children

This post discusses research on the life-cycle consequences of comprehensive early childcare programs.

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What are the Effects of Recipient Contribution Requirements on Public Support for Social Programs?

This post discusses whether beneficiary contributions affect public support for social protection and charitable initiatives.

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Immigration and the Health of Black Children

Black children with foreign-born mothers are significantly healthier than those with U.S.-born mothers. New evidence suggests mothers’ time in the U.S. reduces this health advantage.

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Are We All Snobs? How Personal Tastes Affect Our Judgment of Others

Do stereotypes of “high-brow” and “low-brow” tastes affect how Americans judge one another?  This post examines whether we respond more positively to people who display high status tastes.

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Is Class-Based Discrimination an Obstacle to Equal Opportunity in the Labor Market?

Social class origin remains one of the most powerful determinants of success in today’s labor market.  New experimental research suggests that employers’ own class biases may be a part of the problem.

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Gender Gap Persists Above Shattered Glass Ceiling

The gender pay gap not only continues after the corporate world’s glass ceiling has shattered, but evidence points to larger gender disparities at executive levels than at working-class jobs.  These findings underline the importance of transparency in the processes of setting corporate compensation. (more…)

Poverty and Decision-Making

A new paper explores which circumstances lead to bad financial decisions.

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What Explains Socio-Economic Inequality in Health?

Money only explains part of the inequity.  This post explains a number of additional assumptions and new findings.

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Protected: A Tough Call: How Can We Close the Gender Gap in Mobile Phone Use in India?

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