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A bag containing an immigrant family’s belongings | Reuters/Tomas Bravo
January 30, 2018
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Using Data to Find the Best Homes for Refugees

Stanford scholars develop an algorithm to choose cities for resettlement.

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A man smokes a cigarette in a doorway in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. | Reuters/Brian Snyder
August 23, 2017
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Why Aren’t More Americans Ditching Their Cigarettes?

A Stanford study finds that people understand smoking can lead to deadly diseases like lung cancer, but many underestimate those risks.

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Mother holding hand of son | iStock/Nadezhda1906
September 12, 2017
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Immigrant Protections Improve Children’s Mental Health

Research shows DACA has significantly reduced the number of anxiety disorders among immigrant families.
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April 3, 2017
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Should States Give Driver’s Licenses to Unauthorized Residents?

New research shows a positive safety impact of a California law that gave 800,000 people a license to drive.
March 17, 2017
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What Does Donald Trump Mean for Our Two-Party Political System?

Political economist David Brady talks party polarization, third-party chances, and what to expect in 2018.
February 9, 2017
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Stanford Expert Deconstructs Trump’s Immigration Policy

These rushed executive orders show a gap between the administration’s goals and reality.
January 13, 2017
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Health Care After Obama: What Now?

Stanford’s Alain Enthoven cuts through the confusion and political rhetoric.
October 24, 2016
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The Economic Upside of Fast-Tracking Refugee Asylum Claims

New research examines the role of wait times on asylum-seekers’ job prospects and ability to integrate.
September 30, 2016
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Election 2016: An Odd Blip or a Fundamental Shift in American Politics?

A Stanford scholar examines how we got to Trump and Clinton, who will likely win, and what it means for our future.
August 10, 2016
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How to Improve Working Conditions in the Developing World

A major sporting goods manufacturer found a surprising way to improve workers’ lives while maximizing productivity.
July 15, 2016
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How Racial Threat Has Galvanized the Tea Party

New research explores the link between racial animosity and the Tea Party movement.
July 7, 2016
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When Business Gets Political

Should your company wade into hot-button issues?
June 28, 2016
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How the Big-Bank Bailout Helped Investors Save Billions on “Crash Insurance”

Confident that help was pending, financial-sector investors had less incentive to buy protective options.