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What Do Americans Think about Universal Basic Income?

This post by Edward Freeland, Associate Director of the Survey Research Center at Princeton University, presents results from a recent survey of public opinion on a Universal Basic Income. We find that support and opposition are roughly equivalent, but responses can be pushed in one direction or another by the order in which questions are presented.


Conservatives Find More Meaning in Life than Liberals

This post covers a recently published article on the topic of political orientation and well-being. This blog post originally appeared on Character and Context, the blog for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.


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.


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.


Teacher Pay: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

New research with improved data and research methods challenges widely held beliefs about teacher pay, particularly how much they earn relative to other occupations. Authors discuss implications of findings for improving educational quality.


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…)

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.


The Tension Between Traditional and Western Medicine

The tension between traditional and Western medical approaches may have large implications for global health. An evaluation of a hygiene information campaign in rural Pakistan shows that while people with weak traditional medical beliefs responded strongly to the program, people with strong beliefs did not. 


Economic Aspects of the Opioid Crisis

USC Presidential Professor and Nobel laureate Sir Angus Deaton testified before the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress on economics and the opioid crisis on June 8, 2017.  This post is his prepared remarks. (more…)

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