Grant funds reproductive health research

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Omar Galarraga is part of team that was recently awarded a grant from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The funding, to be used in collaboration with the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IFFP/WHR), will support an upcoming conference at the Watson Institute as well as joint research projects addressing sexual and reproductive health issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, including adolescent fertility and pregnancy, gender-based violence, and masculinities and men’s sexual and reproductive health.

(Distributed November 24, 2015)

RIIPL aids RI study of race and traffic stops

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Starting January 1, Rhode Island will be implementing a study on whether race may influence police decisions to make traffic stops. The Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL), led by PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Justine Hastings, will aid the state’s transportation department in analyzing the records from the study. In “Brown academics to assist in R.I. traffic-stop study,” Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven M. Pare says, “This is not going to end racial profiling... but this is a great first step.”

(Distributed November 19, 2015)

Long-term impact of welfare

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The first government-sponsored welfare program in the United States had a positive impact on children in families who received aid in terms of education, adulthood earnings, and longevity. “The Myth of Welfare’s Corrupting Influence on the Poor” in the New York Times cites new research co-authored by PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Anna Aizer on the “long-run impact of cash transfers to poor families.” 

(Distributed November 18, 2015)
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