Informing African voters through debates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Identity politics worsen ethnic tensions that can lead to violence, but helping voters get information about candidates can have a ripple effect, reports the New York Times in "Smart African Politics: Candidates Debating Under a Tree." Katherine Casey, a PSTC training program alumna and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Political Economy, says that "voters are willing to vote across ethnic lines when one candidate is sufficiently superior — but only when they have enough information." 

(Distributed December 3, 2015)

Slowing Brazilian deforestation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – New research by PSTC Affiliates Peter Richards and Leah VanWey could assist Brazilian policymakers in targeting their efforts to reduce deforestation in the Mato Grasso region. Richards, a former PSTC postdoctoral fellow and an economic advisor for the Bureau of Food Security at USAID, and VanWey, an associate professor of Sociology, analyzed property size, type, and use in the region. Read more.

(Distributed December 2, 2015)

Kertzer to give Presidential Faculty Award Lecture

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate David Kertzer, the Paul R. Dupee Jr. University Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies, will deliver the Presidential Faculty Award Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the John Carter Brown Library. As recipient of the award this fall, Kertzer is being recognized by the University for his important and innovative scholarship, including his work in the area of anthropological demography. 

(Distributed December 1, 2015)

College costs and outcomes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – College costs don't always result in positive returns on the investment, but research by PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Justine Hastings may help government programs to better match low-income students with careers to improve their income trajectories. An article in the Huffington Post, "Is Better Information Improving Students' Return on Investment? Lessons From Chile," cites a paper co-authored by Hastings. 

(Distributed November 30, 2015)
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