Soy production and climate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – While soybean production in Brazil has brought welcome economic growth, it could prove challenging for the country to keep its environmental commitments. Former PSTC Postdoc Peter Richards has co-authored "Brazil’s thriving soy industry threatens its forests and global climate targets," which states that in the coming years the "nation’s commitment to slowing climate change will be severely tested." Richards is also quoted in "Booming soy industry could threaten Brazil’s climate commitments, researchers warn."

(Distributed June 6, 2016)

Healthcare and subsidies in Mali

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The balance between healthcare spending and reducing child mortality is a challenge for many governments. "The Role of Fees and Information in Healthcare Decisions in Mali" reports on the research of Assistant Professor of Economics Anja Sautmann and Trainee Samuel Brown (Economics) on "the impact of subsidies (which remove cost barriers) and healthworker visits (which remove informational barriers) on over- and underuse of primary care." Sautmann and Brown are co-authors for a paper showing that healthcare subsidies increase care seeking without increasing overuse.

(Distributed June 2, 2016)

Teachers' performance plateau

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – New research is challenging the assumption that teachers stop improving their performance after a few years in the classroom. In "The Myth of the Performance Plateau," published in Educational Leadership, Assistant Professors of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft and John Papay challenge this idea which "has profoundly affected education policy."

(Distributed May 31, 2016)

Graduating PSTC trainees secure placements

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Six PSTC trainees have completed their degrees at Brown, along with the PSTC’s demography training requirements, and successfully navigated the job market. Three will be assuming tenure-track teaching positions, one is continuing research as a postdoctoral fellow, and two have taken positions at RTI International. Read more.

(Distributed May 26, 2016)

Information overload for pregnant women

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Pregnant women may engage in risky behavior because information overload clouds what is really important, according to a new Australian study. In "Pregnant woman risk health due to 'information overload,'" Associate Professor of Economics Emily Oster empathizes with women confused by many pregnancy guidelines. She recommends doing pelvic floor exercises, finding a trustworthy doctor or midwife, and not smoking.

(Distributed May 25, 2016)
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