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Housing segregation remains strong

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A year after the shooting death of Michael Brown, the St. Louis region remains one of the most highly segregated areas in the country. Approximately 70 percent of either white or black residents there would need to move in order to create racially balanced neighborhoods, according to a study by PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology John Logan. The study was referenced in "A Year After Ferguson, Housing Segregation Defies Tools to Erase It," published by the New York Times.

(Distributed August 27, 2015)

Migration and climate change

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Climate change can affect coastal populations, creating migrations of “climate refugees” who migrate short distances for short durations, says an article co-authored by PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research) Elizabeth Fussell. The article, “Recovery Migration After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Spatial Concentration and Intensification in the Migration System,” appeared in Demography and “demonstrates how migration systems are likely to be affected by the more intense and frequent storms anticipated by climate change scenarios.”

(Distributed August 26, 2015)

Adoptive Migration now in Spanish

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver’s second book, Adoptive Migration: Raising Latinos in Spain, is now available in Spanish as La migración adoptiva: Criando latinos en España. The book identifies unexpected similarities between international migration and adoption and analyzes the consequences for transracial adoptees of relocating to a diverse society with sizable immigrant populations.

(Distributed August 25, 2015)

Juvenile incarceration and education

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Juvenile incarceration "results in substantially lower high school completion rates and higher adult incarceration rates," says PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Anna Aizer. An article co-authored by Aizer, "Juvenile Incarceration, Human Capital, and Future Crime: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Judges," appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Economics and was cited in "From jail to dean’s list: Student excels despite odds," published by The Californian.
(Distributed August 24, 2015)

Teacher layoffs and student performance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – When teacher layoffs are necessary, more than seniority needs to be considered, says PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Education Matthew Kraft. In his paper, “Teacher layoffs, teacher quality and student achievement: Evidence from a discretionary layoff policy,” Kraft analyzes layoffs in North Carolina and argues that releasing teachers based only on seniority rather than effectiveness can decrease student achievement, particularly when an effective teacher is laid off. Read more.

(Distributed August 21, 2015)
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