Lessons from the Lab: Police Corruption and Law Enforcement

The results of our study are rather intriguing. First, we saw that the presence of police, even when it is corrupt, was much better than anarchy. Second, corrupt police managed to enforce the law no worse than honest police, although, of course,citizens incurred significant costs due to wide-spread bribery.

Social Science Chart of the Day: Value of U.S. Top Imports from China

Last week, President Trump noted would be willing to tax additional products from China. He decision, it seems, depends in part on what happens at the G20 meeting this weekend. Statista put together a chart listing some of the products that might be on Trump's target list. 

Social Science Scholar: Research on Human Trafficking in France and Sweden

The information gleaned from these interviews will be used as I continue to write my Honors Thesis, informing my analysis of the impact of the model as it pertains to social norms, prostitution, and human trafficking. This research also serves as a springboard for my postgraduate studies and career in human rights and development. Following my pursuit of a master’s in development studies, I hope to analyze the economic and social incentives that perpetuate human rights violations, such as human trafficking, in order to implement effective development policies that ensure basic human rights.

Social Science Chart of the Day: Thanksgiving Air Travel at a Record High

Available at Statista Airlines for America defines Thanksgiving as starting on Friday November 16, 2018 and ending Sunday November 26, 2018. This projection is up 1.6 million travelers from last year. 

Social Science Scholar: Anti-fraud Detection in a Global Economy

Post graduation, I aspire to pursue a career in the hybrid non-profit and social entrepreneurship space in the developing world. While I have suitable experience on the non-profit side of things through different involvements with NGOs over my previous summers, before this internship I had never been directly involved with profit-focused entities.  Accordingly, my time with VGS and PrivySeal served as my first real-life exposure to the business world and helped fill my experience void. Because of this, I can say with complete confidence that this summer allowed for enormous personal and professional growth and has brought me significantly closer to my eventual career goals.

Is Infrastructure the Silver Bullet to Rural Poverty?

We have three key findings: (1) nationally, the construction of the ADHS increased income by 0.4 percent (2) about half of the benefits occur in counties outside of the ARC (3) despite these modest gains, they are not large enough to break the cycle of poverty in Appalachia. Had the ADHS not been built, incomes in Appalachia would be lower than they are today. However, the region is still in decline, so at best the construction of the ADHS only softened the fall.

What’s Driven the Dramatic Technological Change in the US Wind Power Sector?

As the world’s major energy consumer and greenhouse gas emitter, the United States is striving to increase the share of renewable energy in its electricity supply so as to address climate change and energy security concerns. Among all renewable energy sources, wind energy has great potential to provide a significant share of electricity generation. During the last two decades, the United States has experienced tremendous technological change in wind power both in terms of cumulative installed capacity and generation performance of wind farms.  

Do Bonuses Improve Employee Performance?

While a bonus can help to motivate through positive reciprocity, workers may come to expect a bonus in future interactions. Failing to pay an anticipated bonus may have counter-productive effects through negative reciprocity or reduced work morale. On the other hand, if managers are committed to employing discretionary bonuses transparently and in good faith, the twin forces of trust and reward may together create a powerful tool to help solve a fundamental managerial challenge.