Foster weighs in on recessions and birth rates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University]  According to a recent study, recessions may have long-term impacts on women’s childlessness. PSTC Director and Professor of Economics Andrew Foster responded to the findings in the HealthDay News. In “Recessions May Thwart a Woman’s Motherhood Plans Forever,” Foster says the changes in women’s decisions about having children are not good or bad but simply reflections of the economic situations they face.
(Distributed November 3, 2014)

TIME quotes Turner on L.A. traffic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University]  In an article published by TIME, PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Matthew Turner weighs in with an idea for changing traffic patterns in Los Angeles by charging tolls during peak driving times. The article, “No, Carmaggedon is Not Inevitable,” was published on October 1 and suggests ideas from a number of transportation experts on ways that traffic there could be reduced and improved.

(Distributed October 9, 2014)

Heller revisits India

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology Patrick Heller turned an interest from his childhood in India into a productive career in development and democratic governance. And he recently gave his own children the same overseas experience. During a sabbatical in 2012-2013, Heller took his wife and two children to India, where he conducted research in the slums of Dehli. Read more...

(Distributed October 9, 2014)

The Atlantic features Galor’s work on soil and economics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University]  Can the farming capabilities of someone’s ancestors determine current long-term thinking? On September 17, The Atlantic covered a paper written by PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Oded Galor, along with Ömer Özak, addressing how soil quality and potential crop yields hundreds of years ago translate to additional schooling and increased patience today. The paper was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in August.

(Distributed October 6, 2014)
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