Research Quick Take

Here at the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), our faculty have been quite busy! Here are some of the projects that our faculty have recently published.

“The subjective life course framework: Integrating life course sociology with gerontological perspectives on subjective aging” by Dr. Anne Barrett

In her recent article, Dr. Barrett studies the “subjective life course” – a term we use to denote individuals’ perceptions of the life course, including its structure and timing and their advancing location in it. We outline two dimensions of the subjective life course – the target of the perception (i.e., generalized other versus self) and the temporal frame of reference (i.e., past, present, or future). Using this framework, Dr. Barrett suggests two new avenues of research: leveraging the framework to yield insight on the subjective life course and exploring links between objective and subjective dimensions of the life course.

“Global banking and the spillovers from political shocks at the core of the world economy” by Dr. Raphael Cunha

In his recent article, Dr. Cunha identifies cross-border banking as a distinct transmission mechanism for political shocks. Democratic processes that advance (undermine) the interests of the global banking industry in core economies benefit (hurt) countries with closer banking ties to these economies. Empirically, we leverage the unanticipated outcomes of the 2016 US presidential election and the Brexit referendum to identify the role of cross-border banking in transmitting these shocks. We show that US global banks benefited disproportionately from the US election surprise.

“The Effect of Education and School Quality on Female Crime” by Dr. Javier Cano-Urbina

In his recent article, Dr. Cano-Urbina examines the effect of educational attainment and school quality on crime among American women. Using Uniform Crime Reports data, we estimate that increases in average state schooling levels reduce arrest rates for violent and property crime but not white collar crime. We find small and mixed direct effects of school quality on incarceration and arrests. We show that the effects of education on female crime are mostly related to changes in marital opportunities and family formation.

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