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Michael Brown is not a poster child

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Glenn Loury took part in a panel at the Watson Institute at Brown University. The discussion participants debated the impact of the Ferguson shooting on the civil rights movement. The Providence Journal reported on the event and quoted Loury as saying Michael Brown should not be the “poster child” for the movement.

(Distributed April 10, 2015)

GIS Institute applications now being accepted

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2015 GIS Institute at the S4, a two-week intensive training workshop for Brown graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff. The Institute provides hands-on training in Geographic Information Systems for managing, processing, analyzing, and representing spatial data as well as training in spatial statistics and spatial analysis tools for more in-depth research applications. Read more...

(Distributed April 7, 2015)

HIV risk may increase with birth control shot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences Abigail Harrison responded to a recent study that addresses the increased risk of HIV infection for those using the birth control shot. She stated that the researchers have added an important element to the debate about the birth control shot. Medical News Today reported on the study.

(Distributed April 6, 2015)

Teachers prove better with experience

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Teacher improvement does not necessarily plateau, says a new study co-authored by PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay. His work was covered by Education Week in March in an article titled “New Studies Find That, for Teachers, Experience Really Does Matter” and contradicts the common notion that teachers often cease to show improvements in their performance after a few years. The study will published in the Journal of Public Economics.

(Distributed April 2, 2015)

African countries wrestle with “dual” economies

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Many parts of Africa continue to operate according to ethnic-specific traits in regard to development, says a new study co-authored by PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics Stelios Michalopoulous. Despite colonization and later independence, many countries struggle with a weak central state while the authority still wielded by local tribal leaders contributes to a “dual” economic and institutional environment in Africa. The study, “On the Ethnic Origins of African Development: Traditional Chiefs and Pre-colonial Political Centralization,” was published by the Academy of Management Perspectives. 

(Distributed March 31, 2015)
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