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Working on welfare

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Some social welfare programs may not decrease the number of people working. In fact, certain policies may "encourage more people to work and enable them to do so more productively," according to a growing body of research. "Supply-Side Economics, but for Liberals" reports on the work of Professor of Economics Anna Aizer, who studied the child beneficiaries of the Mothers' Pension program and the program's long-term impacts on education, income, and mortality.

(Distributed May 31, 2017)

Unintended consequences of child removal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The removal of children from their families by the government for the children's "best interests" has happened repeatedly in the past and is now playing out along the U.S.-Mexican border. Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver says that child removal seldom serves the children well. In "Government Knows Best? Why 'Protecting' Children Can Cause Harm," she says more resources should support poor families to care for their own children rather than breaking families apart.
(Distributed May 30, 2017)

Goldscheider receives Presser Award at PAA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Frances Goldscheider, a former PSTC director, received the Harriet B. Presser Award at the 2017 Population Association of America's annual meeting in Chicago. The award is given in recognition of "a record of sustained research contributions to the study of gender and demography." Goldscheider, a University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Sociology, is the fifth scholar to receive the award. She directed the PSTC in 1989-1992 and 1994-1995.

(Distributed May 25, 2017)

Paxson elected an AAAS fellow

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Brown University President Christina Paxson, a PSTC associate and professor of Economics, has been elected a 2017 fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her election to one of the country's most prestigious honorary societies recognizes her significant research contributions, recently focused on the health and welfare of children. Read more here and in the Providence Journal.

(Distributed May 12, 2017)
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