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Insights / Research BriefSep 11, 2023

A Cognitive View of Policing

Oeindrila Dube, Sandy Jo MacArthur, Anuj K. Shah
Prevailing views suggest that adverse policing outcomes are driven by problematic police officers and deficient policies. This study highlights an overlooked factor – cognitive demands inherent in police work. A training designed to improve officer decision-making under stress and time pressure, two key cognitive demands, lead to 23% fewer uses of force and discretionary arrests, and 11% fewer arrests of Black civilians. The results demonstrate the power of leveraging behavioral science insights to make policing more effective and equitable.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefAug 24, 2023

Community Colleges and Upward Mobility

Jack Mountjoy
Expanding access to two-year community college has significant value-added for two-year entrants who otherwise would not have attended college, but negative impacts on students diverted from immediate four-year entry.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefJun 29, 2023

The Value of Student Debt Relief and the Role of Administrative Barriers: Evidence from the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Damon Jones, Brian Jacob, Benjamin J. Keys
Neither eligibility for nor information about the Teacher Loan Forgiveness (TLF) program affect teachers’ employment decisions. Information increases application and TLF receipt rates for teachers who have already accrued the five years required to be eligible. In general, teachers appear to value the prospect of debt relief, and TLF take-up may be constrained by program complexity and administrative barriers.
Topics:  Fiscal Studies, Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefMay 19, 2023

Debt Moratoria: Evidence from Student Loan Forbearance

Ching-Tse Chen, Michael Dinerstein, Constantine Yannelis
Relative to borrowers who had to continue paying their loans, borrowers allowed to pause their payments sharply increased mortgage, auto, and credit card borrowing, with little effect on loan delinquencies.
Topics:  Fiscal Studies, Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefNov 02, 2022

When Information Conflicts with Obligations: The Role Of Motivated Cognition

Shaoda Wang, Ao Wang, Xiaoyang Ye
To effectively disseminate important information on polarized issues such as climate change, vaccination, etc., it is crucial to first identify and intervene against the underlying fundamental values that might prevent individuals’ accurate digestion of the high-stakes information.
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Research BriefOct 28, 2021

The Returns to College(s): Relative Value-Added and Match Effects in Higher Education

Jack Mountjoy, Brent R. Hickman
Of the many decisions facing high school students—and their parents—few loom larger than whether and where to attend college. Families with college-bound children often go to great lengths to ensure admission into a “good” school. But do colleges with successful graduates actually contribute to their students’ success, or simply enroll the types of students who would do well no matter where they attend?
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Podcast episodeMay 19, 2021

College Sports: Show Me The Money

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Matthew J. Notowidigdo, Michael McCann
Division I schools make billions off athletic programs, with close to two-thirds coming from men’s...
Topics:  Employment & Wages, Higher Education & Workforce Training
Insights / Podcast episodeFeb 11, 2021

When Good Debt Goes Bad

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Seth Frotman, Constantine Yannelis
Nationally, student loan debt is at crisis level. The share of students behind on loan payments...
Topics:  Higher Education & Workforce Training