Hydraulic Fracturing Decreases Infant Health, Study Finds

Prof. Michael Greenstone and co-authors finds infants born within about 2 miles of a fracking site are more likely to be classified as low birth weight, but there is no evidence of compromised infant health at further distances.
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Research Shows Uninsured Do Not Use Emergency Rooms More than Other Patients – They Use Other Care Less

New study from Harris Public Policy Dean Katherine Baicker and co-authors refutes a popular misperception about emergency department use
Katherine Baicker

Medicaid Expansion Increases the Use of Prescription Medications Among the Poor

Harris Dean Katherine Baicker finds new evidence from Oregon’s 2008 Medicaid expansion experiment that coverage increased use of medications for chronic health conditions and effectively eliminated the use of medications prescribed to others
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.
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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.
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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.