News and Events Archive

  • Maternal Health Status and Early Childbearing

    Nov 24, 2015

    Studies have shown that bearing a child early in life has a negative impact on the mother's well-being, and is linked to lower educational achievement and earnings, but some studies suggest the economic and social consequences of teen pregnancy may not be as large as once thought.

  • IDSS Talk Explores "Applying Behavioral Science to Development"

    Nov 23, 2015

    Saugato Datta, managing director at ideas42, partners to design, test, and scale programs that use behavioral economics to benefit poor people in developing countries. In this International Development Speaker Series talk, he will present diagnostic and design insights, as well as results where available from behavioral design projects.

  • Do Financial Advisers Influence Savings Behavior?

    Nov 20, 2015

    Financial advisers can play an important role with helping individuals make better financial decisions and improving their financial situations. But does working with a financial adviser improve savings behavior, particularly saving for retirement?

  • A Cross-Country Comparison of Financial Advice Markets

    Nov 20, 2015

    The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the European Union recently made regulatory changes aimed at improving financial advice. How have they used regulation to improve the quality of financial advice, and how have the regulatory tools used affected their financial advice markets?

  • Economic Impact of the Pacific Alliance in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru: An IDSS/CLASP Panel

    Nov 19, 2015

    The Los Angeles-based Consuls General of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru discussed the impact of the Pacific Alliance, an initiative with the goal of open markets, free movement of services, goods and people, and complete access to education, employment, and pension systems.

  • Do Student Loans Delay Marriage?

    Nov 19, 2015

    The financial weight of monthly student loan repayments reduces the likelihood of marriage in the four years immediately after graduation, but only for women.

  • Comparing Social Networks of Black and White Low-Income Newlywed Couples

    Nov 11, 2015

    Supportive social networks are especially relevant to young couples entering marriage. A comparison of first-married newlyweds from low-income communities indicated Black couples are at a social disadvantage, with fewer positive relationships and sources of emotional support.

  • A Tool for Reviewing K-12 Financial Education Curricula

    Nov 5, 2015

    A bewildering array of curricula and materials is available to support K–12 financial education. This reviewing tool helps educators assess which to use, and to better understand the strengths and gaps in the curriculum currently in use.

  • Robin Hammond Discusses Photojournalism, Activism, and the Power of Stories at International Development Speaker Series Talk

    Oct 27, 2015

    Students and faculty joined Robin Hammond at this IDSS talk as he shared – through his award-winning photos – his journey from a newspaper and magazine photographer to a human rights campaigner.

  • The Private Sector and Youth Employment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

    Oct 22, 2015

    Disadvantaged youth require more training to achieve job skills than other youth—just one obstacle to solving the global problem of youth unemployment. There are, however, options for successful public-private partnerships that support training and employment.

  • Effective Disclosures in Financial Decisionmaking

    Oct 12, 2015

    Financial service providers often have better information about their wares than consumers. Disclosure is a policy tool designed to address this by giving consumers valuable information. But it may not provide enough support in helping them make more informed decisions.

  • The Strategic Perspective and Long-Term Socioeconomic Strategies for Israel

    Sep 30, 2015

    Israel will benefit from bringing a systemic strategic perspective into its policy process. The example of problems associated with an aging population is an illustration of how to use a strategic perspective in an analysis of policy choices.

  • International Development Speaker Series Talk Examines Campaign Finance in India

    Sep 21, 2015

    Indian MP Rajeev Gowda's research examines how corruption influences the elections and policymaking in India. He discussed the effects of the country's reliance on "black money" as part of the 2015-16 IDSS.

  • One in Five Hourly Employees Working Overtime Not Properly Compensated

    Sep 4, 2015

    Most laws as old as the Fair Labor Standards Act regularly need tuning up. But its overtime provisions are complicated because some workers are exempt from being covered. A survey of more than 1,500 employed adults finds that employers are violating the rules.

  • Improving Mongolia's Labor Market and Enhancing Opportunities for Youth

    Aug 24, 2015

    Despite a recent slowdown, Mongolia has experienced dramatic economic growth in the 2000s. Youth labor-market success is important to Mongolia's economic future. Insights from the challenges young Mongolians face, as well as their achievements and aspirations, can help inform policy.

  • China at Home: Marrying Prosperity and Well-Being

    Aug 21, 2015

    As China strives to sustain its upward economic trajectory, it must also address its domestic problems—such as air pollution and the challenges presented by its aging population—if its people are to share fully in the rewards of economic development and expansion.

  • Struggling with Dementia

    Aug 10, 2015

    The costs of dementia are staggering. A recent RAND analysis quantifies the scope of the problem in the United States and serves as a wake-up call to policymakers everywhere.

  • Evaluation of the SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program

    Aug 6, 2015

    This report provides background on the Senate Bill (SB) 1041 reforms to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, as well as an overview of a multiyear, multicomponent evaluation of the SB 1041 policy changes.

  • The Influence of Internal Migration on Male Earnings in Brazil, 1970-2000

    Aug 5, 2015

    An exploration of the impact of internal migration flows on the earnings of male workers in Brazil. Findings indicate that migration flows have a negative impact on male earnings, when considering cohort size as a factor.

  • Should Undocumented Immigrant Youth Pay In-State Tuition to Attend College?

    Jul 28, 2015

    Undocumented children are entitled to free primary and secondary public education everywhere in the United States, regardless of their legal status. But when they finish high school, their options for college vary depending on the state in which they live.

  • Strategies for Private-Sector Development and Civil-Service Reform in the Kurdistan Region—Iraq

    Jul 20, 2015

    This monograph provides strategies to reemploy civil-service workers in the private sector and to increase private-sector employment in the Kurdistan Region—Iraq. Prepared for and at the request of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), this monograph is based on a variety of research methods and analyses.

  • Harmonization of HRS International Aging Studies

    Jun 26, 2015

    This project established a research network for the harmonization of cross-national studies of aging with the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

  • Intended and Unintended Effects of the War on Poverty

    Jun 19, 2015

    During the mid-1960s, a series of social programs were adopted in the U.S. as part of the War on Poverty. Did the programs have their intended effects in reducing poverty and promoting self-sufficiency? Were there unintended consequences?

  • Disability Insurance and the Great Recession

    Jun 19, 2015

    The U.S. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program provides income support to workers who become unable to work because of a disability. An analysis of the period of the Great Depression, and the two decades from 1992 to 2012, shows the impact of labor market conditions on the number, timing, and composition of applications for SSDI.

  • Aging in Asia: Can the 'Tigers' Continue to Roar?

    Jun 16, 2015

    Changing demographics will force Japan and the “Asian Tigers”—Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan—to find ways to remain economically dynamic while increasingly looking after their elderly. How might public policy help accomplish this?