Research Spotlight: Public Purchasing in the European Union

Currently, public purchasing by European entities accounts for approximately 14% of GDP. Within the European Union (EU) and larger European Economic Area (EEA), numerous performance measures are used to assess public procurement processes across countries. The goal of these performance measures, in part, is to understand how efficient and effective certain processes—and thus certain countries—are…

Research Spotlight: District-Level Life Expectancy in Germany

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important and direct measures of a population’s health and well-being. Inequality in life expectancy across societal groups is a key indicator of deeper social and economic inequalities. Information about differences in life expectancy across places is especially useful for policy makers who need to direct health…

Time to dial down the rhetoric and address Tallahassee’s very real problems

This article originally appeared in The Tallahassee Democrat. Tallahassee’s public and private leaders need to go to their respective yoga mats and take a deep breath. The vitriol, indignation and anger dogging current public discourse over city policy is doing little to instill confidence among its citizenry. It also distracts community leaders from long overdue conversations…

Research Spotlight: Gentrification in Saint Paul, Minnesota

I am a PhD candidate in Geography at FSU. My research has taken a journey on its own. At Syracuse University, where I completed my Masters in Geography, my work was situated in the South Asian context, in rural South India to be exact. In my Masters work, I was studying the impact of corporate…

In The Heights Celebrates First-Gen Americans

This article originally appeared in The Independent Institute. The unexpected and broad-based protests erupting in Cuba are a poignant reminder of the lost liberty experienced by people under authoritarian regimes. The opposite could be said for the movie In The Heights, the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical. If the dissent on Cuba’s streets show…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Integration of Brazilian versus Other Lusophone Immigrants into Portuguese Economy and Society

The relationship between Lusophone countries—former colonies of Portugal that speak Portuguese—and Portugal is at the forefront of many studies. The relationship between these countries is fairly positive (Portugal retains economic and diplomatic ties with some of its former colonies) and many individuals in former Lusophone countries immigrate to Portugal to seek better opportunities. However, there…

Research Spotlight: Single-Family Rentals and Neighborhood Racial Integration

Neighborhood racial segregation remains to be an important social issue within America’s metropolitan areas. Extensive research has shown that segregation is associated with a wide range of disparities, including unequal access to education, employment, health care, and public goods. One possible contributing factor to segregation is that many minority households cannot afford housing in White…

Honors Thesis Spotlight: Transparency and Accountability in the World Bank

The World Bank is a transparent institution that provides access to information about countries and their financial situation. This data is available on their website and also states which countries receive aid to reach economic equilibrium. Although the World Bank provides information about other countries, it seldom provides information about itself. In union with the…

Research Spotlight: LGBQ College Students’ Diverging Narratives of Peer Behaviors: Harassment or Not Harassment?

A few decades ago, experiences of peer harassment were common among college students who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ).  Since then, campus climates have substantially changed, and today, LGBT students’ experiences of peer harassment vary considerably across individuals.  That is, some report frequent experiences, and others report no experiences.  Scholars generally consider…