Smart roads not necessarily faster

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Smart road technology is designed to "improve safety, reduce congestion, and develop an infrastructure for future technologies like driverless cars," but Professor of Economics Matthew Turner says increased capacity will only lead to more usage, more development, and increased congestion. In "Safer, Faster, Smarter? The Road Ahead For Illinois' High-Tech Highway," he says, "maybe it’s time to give social scientists a shot at the problem." 
(Distributed April 28, 2017)


PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The annual meeting of the Population Association of America takes place in Chicago this week with 38 PSTC faculty, trainees, and postdocs on the program. Twenty-three papers with PSTC associates as authors or co-authors are being presented at the conference, as well as 18 posters. Five PSTC associates are serving as panel discussants and three as chairs. A full list of PSTC participation is available here. The complete PAA program is here.

(Distributed April 25, 2017)

Adopted versus undocumented

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Whether a child immigrates to the United States via adoption or with their undocumented parents "has a big impact on that child's prospects." In "Who's Your Mommy and Daddy? For Migrant Children, It Matters," Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver compares the welcome that adopted children receive as opposed to the suspicion often targeted towards children of immigrant workers, which many times hinders their ability to live out the "American Dream."
(Distributed April 24, 2017)

Baby boxes and infant mortality

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The dramatic decrease in infant mortality in Finland, which claims the lowest infant mortality rate in the world, has often been attributed to the distribution of cardboard boxes filled with baby essentials and then used as bassinets. "The 'Miracle' of Finnish baby boxes may not be in the box at all" reports there is more to the program than providing supplies. Professor of Economics Emily Oster says the program's medical care and personal contact play an important role.
(Distributed April 24, 2017)

HIV and alcohol abstinence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A program promoting alcohol abstinence among HIV-positive individuals in Kenya could reduce both costs and the spread of HIV. "Curbing alcohol to fight HIV could save money in Kenya" highlights the research of Assistant Professor of Health, Policy and Practice Omar Galárraga, whose new study shows that scaling up the program would save money outweighing the costs. The research was also covered by FuturityMedIndia, and Science Newsline.

(Distributed April 20, 2017)
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