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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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Environmental Stewardship

Energy Superabundance: How Cheap, Abundant Energy Will Shape Our Future

Introduction What would it be like if we were able to consume vastly more energy? Over the past several decades, industry has mainly focused on increasing energy efficiency, not on finding new productive uses of more energy. Attention to energy efficiency is what the market demands when energy costs are…
Technology and Innovation

Why go to space?

Space enthusiasm can be baffling to the uninitiated. Why are some nerds so enamored with space? Why should society spend any resources to go there? Why are billionaires jockeying to realize their visions for space development? Why do we give NASA over $20 billion per year, and the Space Force…
Immigration

Immigration Enforcement and Labor Supply: Hispanic Youth in Mixed-Status Families

Introduction Over the past two decades, the expansion of local, state, and federal immigration enforcement policies have vastly reshaped the socioeconomic landscape for millions of immigrants in the United States and their families. The implementation of policies such as Secure Communities, 287(g) agreements, employment verification mandates (E-Verify), and omnibus immigration…
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