Street harassment effects on college choice

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Many women in India attend lower ranked colleges not because of having lower test scores than their male counterparts, but because of street harassment, which leads them to choose schools along public transportation routes where harassment is less common. In "Safety First: Street Harassment and Women’s Educational Choices in India," PSTC Trainee Girija Borker (Economics) describes her research, which is the "first study to assess the effects of street harassment on women’s college choice."

(Distributed April 20, 2017)

Population diversity and autocracy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Variation in population diversity has historically contributed to the rise of autocratic institutions across ethnic groups, according to a recent paper co-authored by Professor of Economics Oded Galor and a former PSTC Visiting Scholar, Marc Klemp. Their research is cited in the New York Time's "In Search of a Good Emperor," which notes the connection to current racial and ethnic divides in the U.S. and the 2016 election results.

(Distributed April 18, 2017)

Resident system increases inequalities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A study co-authored by Professor of Sociology Zhenchao Qian shows the hukou system, much like having a green card in the U.S., is creating greater social inequality between those with and without hukou, as well as between those with more and less education in Shanghai. "Hukou major factor in Shanghai marriages" reports on the study, which finds only 20 percent of marriages in Shanghai occur between residents and non-locals. and Global Times also covered the study.
(Distributed April 17, 2017)

Inequality and poverty cost lives

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent fire in a Guatemalan children's home took the lives of 40 girls and illuminates the social inequality and poverty, rather than official orphan status, that sends many children to this and other homes. In "Latin America’s Institutional Failure," Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver highlights the need to better support impoverished families in providing for their own children.

(Distributed April 17, 2017)

The internet and political polarization

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Political polarization among U.S. adults has grown recently, and a new study co-authored by Professor of Economics Jesse Shapiro says that the internet has not driven the trend despite some reports otherwise. "Is Social Media to Blame for Political Polarization in America?" reports on the study, which uses demographic information and survey data and says recent polarization growth is "largest for the demographic groups least likely to use the internet and social media." The Washington PostSlate, New York TimesVox, MarketWatch, and News from Brown also reported on the findings. 

(Distributed April 13, 2017)
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