Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman offered commentary on Brightline's expected acquisition of a private rail project on the Las Vegas Strip. "...Friedman concluded Brightline would be unable to service its debt burden on the Miami train system, in a study funded by a citizens group opposed to the rail line."
Political scientist Wendy Schiller said of Rhode Island's third-party gubernatorial candidate Joe Trillo that "people seem to know him, they seem to want to hear from him, and he's really gaining some popular support."
Johnathan Collins, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown, led two work-in-progress studies at a UCLA conference of over 100+ political scholars from across the country. His work included topics such as “Was Hillary Clinton ‘Berned’ By Millennials? Age, Race, and Third-Party Vote Choice in the 2016 Presidential Election” and “Riled Up about Running for Office: Examining the Impact of Emotions on Political Ambition.”
Corey Brettschneider, Professor of Political Science, appeared in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings this week, when Delaware U.S. Sen. Chris Coons asked to put this article by Brettschneider in the record as part of his case against President Trump's nominee.
Economist John Friedman said the dream of faring better than one's parents has been dwindling every year since the 1960s. "Friedman is working with Ohio State and more than 300 other colleges nationwide to find out what's helping people advance and holding them back."
Professor Wendy Schiller offered perspective on issues and candidates in the Rhode Island gubernatorial race. "I think there is a broader perception among younger Democrats that government is not working well enough in providing essential basic services..."
James A. Morone, John Hazen White Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies, sat down with The ASCO Post to shed light on the value of a “Medicare for All” system.
When teachers receive instructional coaching, the quality of their instruction improves enough to also lead to gains in student achievement, years of research show. But, new analysis conducted by researchers Matthew A. Kraft and David Blazar finds there's a catch: larger coaching programs are less effective than smaller ones. So how can coaching be brought to scale while remaining effective?
Colleges have long offered a pathway to success for just about anyone -- but new research shows that they're not doing enough to help students from poor families achieve the American dream. Economist John Friedman said children of well-to-do families are likely to stay that way, while children of poor families are likely to stay poor -- and "I think that's led to a real feeling that the American dream is slipping away from them."
This article about the implications of the Supreme Court ruling on union membership focuses on its impact on teachers. It notes that economist John Friedman and his colleagues found that students of good teachers are less likely to experience teenage pregnancy, more likely to go to selective colleges, and end up earning more money as adults than students from comparable backgrounds who had worse teachers.
Democratic candidate for governor Matt Brown faces high financial hurdles in his race to unseat Gov. Gina Raimondo this year. Professor Wendy Schiller said financial struggles in August of an election year can "indicate there isn't a groundswell of support."
Richard Arenberg, Visiting Lecturer in Political Science, joined The Midday Briefing on SiriusXM's News & Issues to break down the Helsinki Summit and how the United States should move forward with Russia.
The Mega Millions jackpot is now $493 million ahead of Tuesday's draw at 11 p.m., the fifth largest jackpot in history. A study by economist Emily Oster found that the lottery jackpot only becomes "progressive" -- meaning high earners spend more on tickets than low earners -- when the jackpot is at least $806 million.
This article features amusing archived documents from the Cold War period that scholars have come across during their research. Professor Jeff Colgan chose a 1975 report by The Church Committee that revealed a play related to Fidel Castro's beard.
The WomenStats Project links the status of women to the security and behavior of countries, offering insights into women's lives all over the world. The database helped uphold a ban on polygyny in Canada when Professor Rose McDermott submitted empirical research that used WomenStats numbers to the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Earlier this year, the U.S. tried to weaken a World Health Organization proposal encouraging the benefits of breastfeeding. Economist Emily Oster pointed out that it's "impossible to disentangle" the most commonly cited benefits of breastfeeding, such as higher IQ and lower obesity rates, from socioeconomic factors.
More female candidates than ever are running for political office in Rhode Island this year. Political scientist Wendy Schiller said the establishment party's endorsement controversy and recent pushback against pay equity, abortion rights and new sexual harassment laws has received stinging national media attention, and outrage among far-left-leaning voters could spur big wins for progressive candidates.
Progressive political candidates motivated by Bernie Sanders' insurgent run against Hillary Clinton in 2016 are advocating for Medicare for all as part of their platforms. Professor Eric Patashnik said that the political viability of the idea will ultimately depend on its details -- such as whether the program would eliminate the private-insurance system altogether.
In an article by r, 17 legal thinkers, including political scientist Corey Brettschneide, argue about why the retiring justice mattered—and what his exit could mean for his most consequential decisions.
An opinion piece co-written by Eric Patashnik, argues that the law’s political vulnerabilities and Republican electoral dynamics drive conservative efforts to uproot it and yet conservatives are unlikely to be able to repeal it.
In an Associated Press article about the likelihood that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will step down, political science lecturer Richard Arenberg theorizes that given the current composition of Congress, it will be difficult to defeat a Trump nominee for the court.
In an opinion piece in Newsmax, political science professor Richard Arenberg writes that "The Republicans are once again tearing at the fabric of the U.S. Senate and further politicizing the federal courts in the process."
Rob Blair, assistant professor of political science, joined Rhode Island Public Radio to discuss a course he developed following the 2016 presidential election. The course is designed to answer the question: is our democracy failing?
Stories of upward mobility were once a key feature of American life. Children born in the 1940s were almost guaranteed to grow up and earn more than their parents did. But upward mobility has stalled, according to economist John Friedman.
Among the winners of the annual award program is Professor Rose McDermott, who "earned a Distinguished Research Achievement Award for her pioneering scholarship, including in the area of political psychology, and her innovative interdisciplinary work across political science, international relations, psychology and behavioral genetics."
Public Policy Fellow Marc Dunkleman, said he loves the idea of an ecosystem of entrepreneurs "trying to figure out ways to address" the lack of person-to-person connection in today's society, but he criticized startups for setting up meetings between like-minded people who may not learn more about the world from talking to each other.
Americans' tax records are the best dataset for assessing income inequality and the odds that a child born poor can become rich. The IRS still only accepts a small number of applications for studies every year, and a list put together by economist John Friedman shows they are almost all from elite schools.
Taubman Center Director Susan Moffitt and Margot Jackson, an associate professor of sociology at Brown University participated in a panel discussion in Washington D.C., “In the Age of Inequality, Does Public Schooling Make a Difference?” The briefing was attended by more than 100 congressional staffers, researchers, and media representatives.
Richard Arenberg, Visiting Lecturer in Political Science and Public Policy, discusses the future of the Republican Party on White House Chronicle, a weekly television program. Arenberg appeared with Shawn McCoy of InsideSources and cohosts Llewellyn King and Linda Gasparello.
In an opinion piece in InsideSources by Llewellyn King, former Congressional staffer and Visiting Lecturer in Political Science and Public PolicyRichard Arenberg offers comments on the impotence of the minority party in the House.