Puerto Rico hurricane aftermath

Fussell investigates the effects of natural disasters and economic turmoil on migration from Puerto Rico

January 22, 2021

Fussell hopes that by developing a longitudinal data set from 2000 to 2020, she will better understand how the 2006 and 2017 disasters influenced migration from Puerto Rico to the U.S.

Celebrating PSTC staff

December 18, 2020

In 2020, we celebrated two staff milestones: Tom Alarie's 25 years working at PSTC, and Sue Silveira's retirement.

PSTC Colloquia Moves Online

December 18, 2020

The PSTC colloquia moved online for most of 2020.

house destroyed by hurricane

Physical symptoms arising after disasters typically resolve over time, study finds

December 17, 2020

PSTC Postdoctoral Research Associate Meghan Zacher studies how natural disasters affect physical health in a new paper.

Building blocks representing gender equality

Franklin highlights gatekeeping and lack of diversity in quantitative human geography through examination of editorial boards

December 14, 2020

With a focus on the demographic composition of the editorial teams of flagship quantitative geography journals, Franklin and her team investigated the persistent lack of gender diversity.

Journaling project captures the experiences of ordinary people during COVID-19 pandemic

December 9, 2020

In order to collect submissions without being “extractive or intrusive,” users maintain ownership over their submissions and sign consent forms to share their anonymous entries.

LARC in hand of doctor

Steenland studies effects of new Medicaid reimbursement policy for postpartum contraceptives

December 7, 2020

Steenland believes that providing long-acting reversible contraception in the immediate postpartum period will give women more control over childbearing.

COVID-19 School Response Dashboard equips parents, teachers, and policymakers with infection data

December 3, 2020

PSTC economist Emily Oster's dashboard has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and in her own Opinion article for the Washington Post.

Father holding baby

Effects of paternal education on infant health outcomes vary by race and ethnicity, Rangel and Rauscher find

November 24, 2020

“Looking at the relationship between paternal education and infant health is another way to understand how parents pass on their educational advantages to their children," Rangel said.

In the News

hand holding credit card

3 reasons Americans need more federal aid

January 22, 2021 | CNN | John Friedman

PSTC economist John Friedman comments on why traditional stimulus payments aren't as effective during the pandemic.

Woman shops wearing mask

In the context of consumer confidence, PSTC economist Neil Thakral explains how the speed at which the CARES Act stimulus payments are distributed impacts their potential to stimulate the economy.

1938 map of the Boston area, which used race as a key criterion when designating risk for mortgage lenders in neighborhoods

PSTC sociologist John Logan describes the history of both informal and legally binding racial segregation between neighborhoods.

Schoolchildren react to the camera through the window of their classroom in a school in Thimphu, Bhutan

PSTC sociologist Patrick Heller argues that India should invest in social safety nets to protect citizens from future crises.

PSTC biostatistician Joseph Hogan is one author of the editorial that Reuters is summarizing


PSTC economist Emily Oster discusses whether schools are sites of significant COVID-19 transmission.

PSTC Epidemiologist Meghan Ranney comments on the continued hardship that healthcare workers face.

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial data is “potentially groundbreaking,” according to PSTC epidemiologist Mark Lurie, although he emphasized that we have not yet observed any long-term effects.