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Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab identified as leader in fact-based research at 2017 Conference of Mayors

More than 250 of the nation’s mayors met in Miami Beach over the weekend for the 85th U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting.  Mayors discussed a wide variety of priorities that contribute to the overall health of America’s cities. In a speech during the Sunday Plenary Session, which addressed a broad range of the challenges […]

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Women in Leadership Conference speakers evaluate opportunities and challenges for women in leadership roles

Women in Leadership’s dynamic speakers evaluate opportunities and challenges for women in leadership roles May 10, 2017 Talented women in male-dominated STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields are sometimes reluctant to contribute their ideas in a group. That reticence not only helps perpetuate that field as male-dominated, said Harvard Business School Assistant Professor of […]

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Can We Save Retirement: What the US and other countries can learn about social security reform.

“On the website of the interest group that represents American retirees, there’s palpable concern about the future. The vast majority of Americans haven’t saved enough in their retirement accounts to cover their expenses after they finish working.” ChicagoBoothReview RIIPL Director Justine Hastings’ research in Mexico, cited in the article, holds clues to possible solutions for […]

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RIIPL Openings Spring 2017

RIIPL is looking for highly skilled, motivated junior economists and data scientists. Fellows will work closely with faculty investigators on research projects which apply data science and econometric skills to policy questions. Projects apply a wide range of methodologies to questions in Behavioral Economics, Public Economics, Education, Health and Industrial Organization and Environmental Economics.  To read […]

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RIIPL Posts New Research

A new study by Justine Hastings and Jesse Shapiro of Brown  University and the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL) finds that (1) every $100 in SNAP benefits leads to between $50 and $60 extra dollars of food spending each month; (2) an equivalent amount of cash benefits would lead to much smaller increases in […]

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RIIPL Post-Baccalaureate Fellows Program

Announcing the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Laboratory (RIIPL) Post-Baccalaureate Fellows Program.  The Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab at Brown University is a collaboration between Brown University and the Office of the Governor in Rhode Island to develop evidenced-based policy using data and state-of-the-art research. The RIIPL Post-Bacc program is ideal for those who are seeking intensive training […]

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Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation visits RIIPL

On February 17th, Dave Wilkinson, Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation (OSI), met with the entire RIIPL team at Brown University to discuss the Smart Policy projects they are working on in collaboration with the Rhode Island Government. The RIIPL team presented to Wilkinson important work they are conducting using behavioral economics […]

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RIIPL Smart Policy Consultants making waves at the R.I. Statehouse

RIIPL Researchers and MPA candidates were at the RI Statehouse Friday the 22nd of January to kick-off the smart policy consultancy program.  Nine of Brown Universities’ top MPA students will spend the next 3 months working closely with agency partners to develop new ways to more efficiently deliver programs and benefits to Rhode Island children and […]

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USING TECHNOLOGY TO MEASURE EXPERIENCE

Economists love data. Number crunching, statistical analysis and modelling are the key tools of economic research. This often requires research projects to employ battalions of surveyors armed with pens, pencils and a long list of questions. These survey teams are sent out to capture what the data cannot: how people feel, how people are thinking, […]

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RIIPL POW! (Paper Of the Week)

RIIPL is launching the Paper-Of-the-Week Tweet. Each RIIPL POW! Tweet summarizes one of our research papers we think everyone should read. Papers contain leading research AND have important take-aways for public policy professionals. RIIPL POW! starts January 4th – be on the lookout. RIIPL-POW on TWITTER

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