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)

PSTC provides “big step” for visiting scholars

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] - Sometimes a research project just needs a little extra encouragement, whether in the form of time, resources, mentoring, or collaborative support. The PSTC’s visiting African scholar program provides all of that for Africans who are working on population issues.

Mulusew Gerbaba spent two months at the PSTC this winter. He received strong and enthusiastic support from PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology David Lindstrom Read more...

(Distributed March 30, 2015)
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