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Gutmann's book sheds light on masculinity myths

November 20, 2019

A pervasive view of males as uncontrollable animals not only sells them short, but may encourage problematic practices.

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Honors for Oded Galor

November 14, 2019

Galor's work has been influential in building economists' understanding of the relationship between inequality, growth and human evolution.

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Papay and Kraft explore troubling effects of late teacher hiring

November 6, 2019

Even if these openings are filled, the new teachers' limited time to plan lessons and less established relationships with students harms learning.

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Schrank on rebuilding labor power in the postindustrial U.S.

November 1, 2019

"The existing U.S. approach was designed to meet the needs of a densely concentrated, homogenous workforce."

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Savitz Honored for Outstanding Service and Distinguished Leadership

October 28, 2019

Savitz’s service has helped the National Academy of Medicine serve the nation and the international community through domestic and global health, medicine, and policy initiatives.

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Operario leads program to train HIV scientists in the Philippines

October 24, 2019

This new infrastructure for HIV research will ultimately help build a foundation for new interventions to fight the spread of HIV within some of the country’s most vulnerable populations.

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Fathers and Extended Family Members Prove Critical in Helping Young Adults Meet Health Needs in Rural Ethiopia

October 22, 2019

“Recognizing the important role that fathers, mothers and other adults play in the health-seeking behavior of boys and girls, and especially in rural areas, is crucial to getting adolescents into formal health system...

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Two-child Policy may further exacerbate existing gender inequality in China’s labor market

October 18, 2019

"Simply ending the one-child policy, without additional institutional measures that address the issue of work-life incompatibility for women, may not successfully boost fertility level."

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Advocating for multiple-cohort, longitudinal experiment research designs

October 17, 2019

Balancing Rigor, Replication, and Relevance.

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PSTC Associate David Savitz receives prestigious honor.

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"The Opportunity Atlas: Mapping the Childhood Roots of Social Mobility," a study coauthored by Economist John Friedman.

The problem with boys and education

The Problem with Boys

October 7, 2019 | BBC Radio | Jayanti Owens

Why are boys failing at school? What can be done about it? And, can experts agree on root causes? Jayanti Owens provides commentary based on her education and gender research.

Red and blue boxes

Jesse Shapiro provides insight on political polarization.

Partly filmed at the PSTC, Economist Emily Oster reveals key data points that challenge conventional parenting wisdom.

Research shows conflicting data on the impact of the intervention, but a major new study confirms it can work. PSTC Educational Economist Matthew Kraft provided commentary for this article. 

Idaho Press article references the work of PSTC Anthropologist and Epidemiologist Stephen McGarvey, who studies obesity in the South Pacific.

A study led by Associate Professor Matthew Kraft, which found text messages sent to parents of elementary school children helped encourage children to take part in literacy activities during the summer months, was...