HIV and tuberculosis in Ghana

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A five-year NIH grant from the Fogarty International Center will involve professors from Brown and the University of Ghana in an effort to build research capacity regarding HIV and tuberculosis in Ghana. PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Health Services Policy and Practice Omar Galárraga will serve as a key faculty member on the grant. 

(Distributed August 14, 2015)

New Latinos in New Orleans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Hurricane Katrina caused a reshaping of the New Orleans population in multiple ways, including the arrival of many undocumented Latinos who helped clean up and rebuild the city. A report co-authored by PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Population Studies (Research) Elizabeth Fussell notes their arrival triggered a mixed reception and spurred tremendous change in the local policy context over the ten years following the hurricane. The report, “Latinos in Metro New Orleans: Progress, Problems, and Potential,” assesses the situation and recommends policies for supporting and improving the resiliency of the New Orleans population.

(Distributed August 13, 2015)

Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and LSE Professor of Economic Geography Vernon Henderson is co-editor of the fifth volume of the Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, published in July. In addition to Henderson, PSTC Associates Nathaniel Baum-Snow (associate professor of Economics) and Matthew Turner (professor of Economics) contributed to the volume, which addresses housing, the costs and benefits of cities, migration, transportation, and policy issues beyond regional inequalities.

(Distributed August 12, 2015)

Phone use predicts loan defaults

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Many people in poor countries have no credit records, but PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics Daniel Björkegren has found a way for banks to use cellphone data to determine who is least likely to default on loans. His research, featured in "How Cellphone Use Can Help Determine A Person's Creditworthiness" on NPR's Morning Edition, involves an algorithm that produces results approaching the accuracy of credit reports in the U.S.

(Distributed August 11, 2015)

International adoption and intergenerational difference

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – International adoption, which moves minors without accompanying adults across country lines, impacts perspectives on generation, says PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver. Her article, “Geographies of generation: age restrictions in international adoption,” was published in Social & Cultural Geography and argues that “a normative and biologized sense of intergenerational difference is embedded in international adoption.

(Distributed August 10, 2015)
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