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PSTC: 50 Years

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] In recognition of its 50th anniversary, the PSTC is celebrating with the release of a video that reflects on the rich and productive history of the Center. A new booklet highlights the ongoing integrative and interdisciplinary scholarship conducted by PSTC affiliates. And a reception brought together many current and former PSTC affiliates, including the Center's founder, Sidney Goldstein, for a celebratory evening at the top of the Prudential Tower in Boston during the PAA annual meeting in May.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University]  In an article published by TIME, PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Matthew Turner weighs in with an idea for changing traffic patterns in Los Angeles by charging tolls during peak driving times. The article, “No, Carmaggedon is Not Inevitable,” was published on October 1 and suggests ideas from a number of transportation experts on ways that traffic there could be reduced and improved.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology Patrick Heller turned an interest from his childhood in India into a productive career in development and democratic governance. And he recently gave his own children the same overseas experience. During a sabbatical in 2012-2013, Heller took his wife and two children to India, where he conducted research in the slums of Dehli. Read more...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University]  Can the farming capabilities of someone’s ancestors determine current long-term thinking? On September 17, The Atlantic covered a paper written by PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Oded Galor, along with Ömer Özak, addressing how soil quality and potential crop yields hundreds of years ago translate to additional schooling and increased patience today. The paper was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in August.