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)

Unpacking racial health disparities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The 2015 Paul Levinger Lecture will be given by PSTC Associate and Brown University President Christina Paxson. Paxson, a professor of Economics and Public Policy, focuses her research on “economic development and health, with specific attention to the relationship between economic status and health over the life course, and on the health and wellbeing of children.” The lecture will take place at Brown on Monday, November 16, at 4 p.m. in Sayles Hall.

(Distributed November 16, 2015)

PSTC hosts NEUDC development conference

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Migration, fertility, education, poverty and inequality, and rural growth are only a sampling of the topics covered by the more than 200 papers presented at the Northeast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC) Conference held at Brown University Nov. 7-8. The PSTC hosted and co-sponsored, along with the Economics Department and the Watson Institute, the annual conference, which has provided a major forum in development economics for scholars from around the globe since 1967. Read more.
(Distributed November 12, 2015)
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