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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…)

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

Gender norms play an important role in shaping the way women access and use mobile technologies in India. Our team explores why this is the case and what can be done to change it. (more…)

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…)

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