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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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Technology and Innovation

University Research, Technological Commercialization, and Location

Introduction The share of the federal budget spent on research is lower than it has been in over four decades (Hourihan and Parkes, 2019). Given this funding slowdown, policymakers and university administrators are increasingly interested in commercializing the basic research coming out of universities. From the university perspective, commercialization, whether…
Immigration

Manufacturing a Pathway to Citizenship: How Legal Immigration Can Improve Economic Outcomes

For decades, politicians have furiously debated the impact of immigration on domestic labor markets (Kerwin and Warren, 2017). In 1986, then US president Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which established sanctions against companies knowingly employing undocumented immigrants, but legalized most undocumented immigrants already…
Immigration

Spillover Effects of Immigration Policies on Children’s Human Capital

Growing up with immigrant parents can place a heavy economic and social burden on children, especially if the parents are undocumented. Over the last years, the growth of immigration enforcement might have deteriorated the situation for children further. Between 2009 and 2013, enacted immigration policies in the United States were…
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