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Technology and Innovation

Why do we no longer expect large step-changes in economic growth? Why have we become complacent with predictable and incremental changes in technologies and business models? Our research reclaims the sense of wonder and optimism that has been the foundation of our greatest discoveries and achievements.
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Environmental Stewardship

How do we effectively conserve and protect America’s treasured landscapes and natural resources? Can we better encourage the protection of endangered species, clean our air and water, and preserve scenic sites across the country? Our research explores how cooperative and incentive-based approaches are crucial to achieving better environmental outcomes.
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Immigration

Does our current immigration system set the United States up for social and economic success? Today, more than 44 million immigrants live in the US, and each year about one million more enter. They bring their hopes, dreams, and shared prosperity. Our immigration research details how immigrants contribute to the growth and development of the US.
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We do this by exploring the way key institutions in society — business, government, and community — ignite economic growth and increase opportunity for everyone to improve their lives.

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Federal Policy

Impact of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansions on Marriage and Divorce Decisions

1 Introduction “But marital relationships, parent-child relationships, decisions to marry and divorce, etc., are also profoundly economic acts. Becker blasted through the Victorian detritus of all that bourgeois romantic ideology to analyze the ways in which marital and reproductive behaviors are fundamentally rooted in a utilitarian economic calculus.” — Kathleen Geier…
Environmental Stewardship

Cameras for Conservation: Direct Compensation as Motivation for Living with Wildlife

Introduction The simple camera trap—an automated digital device that takes a photo whenever an animal triggers a motion sensor—is playing an increasingly important role in species conservation. The camera trap is revolutionizing wildlife research by allowing scientists to collect evidence of rarely seen species with relatively little expense and minimal…
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