money and politics

Money Talks: How Industry is Influencing the Legislative Agenda

Every year companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on elections in the United States. Yet studies of roll-call votes have shown that donations to specific office holders do not regularly yield the votes donors want. So why do industries continue?
Ryan Kellogg

Study Finds Rail’s Flexibility May Undercut Pipeline Investment Over Time

A new NBER working paper from Harris Public Policy Prof. Ryan Kellogg and his co-author at Booth find that the flexibility offered by rail has dampened investment in pipelines.

New Poll: Most Americans Want the Government to Combat Climate Change; Some Willing to Pay a High Amount

Sixty-one percent of Americans think climate change is a problem that the government needs to address, including 43 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats, according to a new survey from the Energy Policy Institute at UChicago.
social security card and money

Researchers find sharp decline in poverty in the U.S. despite report from Census Bureau

Contrary to numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau, researchers at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the University of Notre Dame find that poverty has fallen sharply in the U.S. in recent decades.
Pollution on Chinese street

Air Pollution Cuts 3 Years Off Lifespans In Northern China

Innovative study from Prof. Michael Greenstone and co-authors finds a well-intentioned home heating policy contributed to higher pollution in Northern China, shaving years off hundreds of millions of lives. 

Beware of the Neighbors

New research shows that regional support for rebel groups can increase violence.

Study Finds Climate Change Damages U.S. Economy, Increases Inequality

Unmitigated climate change will make the United States poorer and more unequal, with the poorest third of U.S. counties projected to sustain economic damages costing as much as 20 percent of their income if warming proceeds unabated.
Healthcare Research Study

What Healthcare Policymakers Can Learn from Other Industries

New research by Harris Public Policy Assistant Professor Steve Cicala looks at the Affordable Care Act's 80/20 rule and its impact on health care costs and finds that the regulation create an incentive for insurance companies to overspend.
The White House

To the Point: On Executive Orders

Prof. William Howell weighs in on President Trump's use of executive orders and their impact on policy.