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Inventive legal approach decreases gang violence by 18 percent

According to analysis from John M. MacDonald and co-authors, the move decreased crime by 5 percent in the short term and 18 percent after 20-plus years. To curb gang violence in the 1990s, Los Angeles took an inventive approach, filing civil injunctions against gang “organizations.” Read more in Penn News and Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

--November 9, 2018

Patient Safety in Hospitals Still a Concern

Linda H. Aiken and co-authors have authored a study in Health Affairs describing slow progress and uneven application in efforts to reduce medical errors. “Improving work environments through organization and culture change is a comparatively low-cost intervention to improve quality of care and patient safety,” says Aiken. Read more here and here.

--November 9, 2018

Apocalyptic Climate Reporting Completely Misses the Point

Daniel Aldana Cohen wrote an article in The Nation the media's poor coverage of the recently published UN climate report

--November 8, 2018

What the Mega Millions can teach you about investing

Research by Olivia S. Mitchell and co-authors was quoted in a PBS Newshour article about investing one's winnings from the lottery

--October 27, 2018

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Quartet Pilot Project Competition

The annual Quartet award competition is jointly sponsored by the PSC, the Population Aging Research Center, Boettner Center for Pension Retirement Research, and LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. The competition promotes high quality and innovative research in demography, economics, and related social and behavioral sciences. Quartet awards are funded for one year (or less) in duration and are selected through competitive peer review. Take a look at past Pilot Projects here.