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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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Immigration

Are College Graduate Immigrants on Work Visas Cheaper than Natives?

Introduction Immigration has been a controversial topic among economists and politicians for a long time. The issue became more pressing for researchers as immigrant inflows increased significantly in the late 1970s (Card, 2009). Labor economists first started studying the earnings gap between immigrants and natives more than 40 years ago.
Technology and Innovation

Social Media, Misinformation, and Voting Decisions

1 Introduction Information held by voters is crucial in determining policy choices. Social media platforms play an increasingly pivotal role in determining the information available to voters.1Social media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans: One in five U.S. adults say they…
Technology and Innovation

Willingness to Be Paid: Who Trains for Tech Jobs?

1 Introduction Salaries for workers with in-demand technology skills are high.1According to Bureau of Labor Statistics OES data from 2019, the mean annual wage for all occupations was $53,490 while the mean income of computer occupations was more than double that at $156,390. Increasing the pool…
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