Wendy Schiller, Chair of the Political Science department, comments on the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates' bill-drafting productivity, saying "Introducing bills is an especially attractive messaging tool for Democrats, who believe in the power of government programs and introduce more bills than Republicans."
Economist Emily Oster comments on the wave of new parenting tools, saying "Infants can be very overwhelming to be around, and these devices give you something to do...But it’s really for you. Not for your baby."
Research from John Friedman's Opportunity Atlas is cited. "Using data taken from the Opportunity Atlas—a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau, Harvard University, and Brown University that provides data on economic mobility throughout the country—one can see that the South has the lowest level of economic mobility for all demographics."
Emily Oster's research is cited as it concludes that there are a range of healthy parenting behaviors, and part of determining what is best for your child entails determining what is best for your family.
A new study co-authored by Assistant Professor Jayanti Owens finds that discipline in many classrooms is anything but fair, with punishments often unequal and cutting along racial lines. "It was extraordinarily disturbing and I really didn't want to believe it."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony and possible impeachment. "Mueller’s lacklustre testimony likely gave Speaker Pelosi the ammunition to withstand calls for impeachment inquiries, or hearings, from the left flank of her party."
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Taubman Center affiliate and Professor of Political Science Corey Brettschneider argues that Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against the President in light of recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming Congressional testimony, saying "Overwhelmingly, most Americans have no idea how damning the report actually is. The constant refrain from the White House of ‘witch-hunt,’ ‘no collusion’ and ‘no obstruction,’ and the Trump assertion that the report exonerates him have left the truth obscured by a dense fog."
Associate Professor Jeff Colgan in The Washington Post, "...the recent tension around oil tankers is in part a product of more fundamental disputes about Iran’s nuclear program, funding of various violent insurgents, and ongoing rivalry with Saudi Arabia. In turn, Iran’s actions stem from what it sees as Trump administration belligerence."
In new research, sociologist Jayanti Owens found that different treatment of black and white students accounted for half of the racial gap in school suspensions and expulsions among 5- to 9-year-old children. "Subconsciously, we all have racial biases in different ways. This is one way in which those biases are manifesting in the classroom," she said.
Professor Emily Oster in Medium's Elemental, "Miscarriage can be lonely, it can be devastating, and it can be confusing. Reassuringly, most women who miscarry go on to have healthy pregnancies. This can be hard to see when miscarriage is kept so secret, but if this happens, you are not alone."
Political economist Mark Blyth comments on the allegations that Nigel Farage may have influenced markets to help hedge funds on Brexit referendum night in 2016, and if it could happen again on October 31. "If you have a leading politician pushing in that direction, this gives the hedge funds a one-way bet, with insurance against failure. And that's the type of 'option' hedgies love the most."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the extra hour that has been added to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming Congressional hearing. "Extending the hearing, even marginally, makes it easier to get Mueller’s major points out there."
Economist Emily Oster comments on a new wave of families using traditional office software to run their households, explaining how Asana made the jump from software her husband used for work to software they used as a couple.
Professor Emily Oster comments on what the future could look like if robots took over housework. "More automation could mean more equality, although I think it's a little complicated whether it will change the inequality as opposed to just the amount."
Wendy Schiller, Chair of the Political Science department, comments on Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo reluctance to sign the $10 billion state budget, saying "First of all, she wants Rhode Island to look to the outside world like it’s running well."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the federal lawsuit that the House Democrats filed against the Treasury Department demanding President Trump's tax returns. "Clearly, the House leadership is being very cautious. This is understandable given the stakes. I don't believe urgency is lacking. It's just that democratic and legal process can be slow."
Teachers who are able to engage with students have more success with boosting attendance numbers in middle and high schools, according to a new study focusing on attendance as a teacher evaluation metric from Postdoctoral Research Associate Jing Liu and Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform Susanna Loeb.
Jeff Colgan in The Washington Post, "Given the huge U.S. network of overseas military bases, the Department of Defense has traditionally seen the issue of environmental liability as a slippery slope, and takes a hard line against assuming responsibility."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the possibility of Democrats getting President Trump's tax returns, saying "...once you move into 2020 and begin to approach the election, the potential is there that Trump could just run out the clock."
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on whether House Democrats will subpoena Special Coounsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress, saying "I don’t think the public understanding of the Mueller report ever recovered from Barr rolling out his summary, and then leaving it unchallenged for over a month."
Economist John Friedman comments on the plans Democratic presidential hopefuls have for education, saying "There's definitely been a turn against a set of ideas in education that we've been championing as effective."
Chair of the Political Science department, Wendy Schiller, comments on President Trump's abundance of supporters willing to repeat and endorse all of his claims. "The Republican establishment will push back through Fox, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets. The titans of the economy will put up with stuff only so long."
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Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg joined Skullduggery's Buried Treasure podcast to discuss the Iran-Contra affair and the differences in how Congress operated back then compared to the current presidential administration today.
Emily Oster in The New York Times, "The differences we see by demographic groups in the United States — the inequality of outcomes for children from poor and rich backgrounds — are driven by a combination of vast differences in experiences."
Economist Emily Oster in The Atlantic, "Put simply, mothers and fathers ought to come clean about the nature of their lives. We can’t fix problems that we pretend don’t exist; we can’t improve the lot of parents at work if we pretend we aren’t parents."
Economist John Friedman comments on the SAT test's new adversity rating, saying "For each extra year you spend in a good environment, you do a little better. It’s very powerful when somebody overcomes that."
The state Department of Education has announced the list of people who participate in the state Department of Education’s team to do a deep dive into the Providence schools. The list includes Visiting Scholar, Annenberg Institute for School Reform Domingo Morel.
Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs Emily Oster has thought a lot about many parenthood questions, as the author of books that help parents make choices based on the available data.
Senior Fellow Richard Arenberg comments on the struggle among the Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, saying "Throughout the current scandal, the president has been free to assert his own facts in the absence of virtually any public testimony."
A new book shows that the Greek and British peoples were hapless victims of a “bait and switch”, the term used by the Brown University economist Mark Blyth in his 2013 Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.
Professor of Political Science Ross Cheit says that the commission is reluctant to levy any stricter recusal rules on part-time lawmakers, who in most cases have full-time jobs outside the legislature that come with “built-in conflicts.”
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy James Morone comments on the new student debt plan proposed by Elizabeth Warren, saying, "She has noticed what very few have noticed: that the federal government owns a ton – most – of the college debt."
Richard Arenberg comments on President Trump's vow to fight all congressional subpoenas following the Mueller Report, saying "I believe the Congress has the Constitution on their side, and in the end, they will prevail. But Trump may be able to just wait out the clock."
Economist John Friedman comments on how the recent college admissions scandal highlights the advantages some wealthy families have in the college admissions process. "The American Dream has been distressingly out of reach for a lot of people...The disparities in access are really quite striking."
Political Science Chair Wendy Schiller comments on the large amount of money that U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse raised for his re-election campaign. "So it was either overly cautionary on his part, or he was scared of something in that race, because the number is large for the size of the state and the fact that it was his second re-election campaign."
Taubman Center Affiliate and Professor of Political Science, Corey Brettschneider in The Guardian, "Impeachment and prosecution of this president, of course, require building on Mueller’s evidence. He has given us a huge head start. It is now up to Congress to look into whether his actions amount to obstruction."
Economist Emily Oster in The New York Times, "Parenting is full of decisions, nearly all of which can be agonized over. You can and should learn about the risks and benefits of your parenting choices, but in the end you have to also think about your family preferences — about what works for you."
Professor John Friedman has won national attention in recent years for his work on an Opportunity Atlas that offers policymakers neighborhood-level data on economic mobility, which has contributed to the rise of Brown's Economics Department.
Professor of of Political Science Ross Cheit discussed the relationship between course offerings and increasing opportunities for faculty research. “There’s clearly a trade-off, but I think it’s a reasonable one: There will not be as many tiny courses, … but what the professors get in return is enormous.”
Emily Oster, professor of economics, has written a data-driven parenting guide covering the first three years of life, Cribsheet, out this month from PenguinPress. "This is really a book about decision making and that is what economists study."
Research by Professor John Friedman's think tank, Opportunity Insights, is cited in an article on the recent college admissions scandal. "Research published by Opportunity Insights ... has found that roughly three dozen of the country’s “elite” colleges enroll more students from households in the top 1 percent of the income scale than they do students from the bottom 60 percent of that scale."
Commenting on a House bill pushing for voting reform on a federal level, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs Richard Arenberg says, "It has zero prospects of moving forward in any way in the Senate" because of the way Senators view voting reform on their electoral prospects.
Wendy Schiller, Chair of the political science department, comments on recent damaging news reports about former Vice President Joe Biden. "It’s a generational obstacle for Biden because the good stuff he’s done is unknown and the bad stuff he’s done is on video."
Professor Eric Patashnik's article on Obamacare is featured in this article on Republicans' new fight over the Affordable Care Act. "Well, political scientists have some interesting thoughts about the reasons the G.O.P. won’t just throw in the towel on the A.C.A."
Director of the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics & Finance and Taubman Center Affiliate Mark Blyth recently discussed Brexit and the consequences of the Leave vote in Financial Times.
Wendy Schiller, Chair of the Political Science department, comments on Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's visit to the White House, saying "Trump promised economic and military alliances and he treated Bolsonaro like a true equal leader in the public eye."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's planned visit with President Donald Trump this week, stating "the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and Bolton 'far outweigh any influence Bannon may try to wield.'"
Political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on last week's vote to protect the legality of abortion in Rhode Island. "By even giving this bill a hearing, much less bringing it to the House floor, Speaker Mattiello is acknowledging the changing dynamics on abortion both inside the Democratic Party in Rhode Island but the state more generally."
Watson Fellow Marc Dunkelman comments on the growing trend of companies pushing co-living spaces to employees, saying "It’s terrific that (companies) are experimenting with different environments to get people to talk to others."
The Annenberg Institute, led by Susanna Loeb, will shift its focus away from school reform and community mobilization and toward educational inequality research, which will include broader collaborations with organizations in Rhode Island and the University.
Professor of Economics Emily Oster says no one is exactly sure why European countries do so much better than the US when it comes to infant mortality--but access to healthcare and mandatory maternity leave may play a role.
Professor Rose McDermott comments on human nature's extremes of kindness and aggression, saying "Over long periods of time among large numbers of people, you end up with a more – slightly more – egalitarian system. We breed a kind of peacefulness, at least for the in-group."