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)

Fracking affects health

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Those living near fracking sites are more prone to hospitalization, says an article, "Live Near A Fracking Site In Pennsylvania? You Might Be Going to the Hospital More Than Others." The piece references a study co-authored by PSTC Associate and Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology David Savitz titled, "Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural Colorado." 

(Distributed August 7, 2015)

Fight against poverty

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Professor of the Social Sciences Glenn Loury particpated in aanti-poverty forum convened by the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise in Washington, DC. The event, aired by C-SPAN2, addressed the root causes of poverty and discussed the ways that local, grassroots activists are making an impact across the country.

(Distributed August 6, 2015)

Teacher evaluation tools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Evaluating teachers can be viewed as a subjective endeavor, but new research has paved the way for better evaluation models. In "The Science Of Grading Teachers Gets High Marks," PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman says the challenge is to "make sure that when you rate a teacher, that you actually rate what the teacher has done, and not whether they had a bunch of very poor or very rich students.”

(Distributed August 5, 2015)
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