Reece Wallace

Reece Wallace

Reporter, Social Sciences and Business & Economics

Reece Wallace, based in Houston, Texas, covers Business & Economics and Social Sciences for The Academic Times. He holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a BA from Tufts University.

Party polarization can keep ambivalent voters away from the polls. (AP Photo/Alexandru Dobre)
Party polarization can keep ambivalent voters away from the polls. (AP Photo/Alexandru Dobre) Turnout among individuals torn between two or more political parties is about 4.5 percentage points lower than among non-ambivalent citizens, according to a 46-country analysis, an effect which is strongest in polarized countries, among others.

Economic news in print tends to focus on the ups and downs of the wealthy, not on those who can't afford a yacht. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Economic news in print tends to focus on the ups and downs of the wealthy, not on those who can't afford a yacht. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Major newspapers in the U.S. largely ignore economic signals most relevant to the welfare of lower- and middle-income households, according to new research, a dynamic that raises fundamental concerns about whether citizens are getting the information they need to accurately gauge how the economy is working for them.

Mainstream media coverage of mass shootings could bring the left and right closer together on the issue. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Mainstream media coverage of mass shootings could bring the left and right closer together on the issue. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Conservatives put a higher priority on gun violence after reading media reports on shootings that focus on the individual incidents themselves rather than placing them in a broader context, substantially reducing the divide between liberals and conservatives over the importance of the issue.

More detail has been filled in for the history of Eurasian Neanderthals. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
More detail has been filled in for the history of Eurasian Neanderthals. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Researchers have further filled out the history of Eurasia's ancient Neanderthals, using crucial genetic evidence previously hidden in cave sediments to shed light on the hominins' population history and evolution over thousands of years.

A charity appeal that makes us feel good about ourselves is more likely to generate good responses. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A charity appeal that makes us feel good about ourselves is more likely to generate good responses. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) When it comes to charitable giving, people are motivated more by appeals to the good feelings they'll receive than by messaging about benefits for others, according to a first-of-its-kind experiment using revenue Alaskans receive because of the state's oil and gas industry.

New analyses reveal more information about early migration into what is now Europe. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
New analyses reveal more information about early migration into what is now Europe. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Genomic analyses of recently unearthed human remains from around 40,000 years ago have given researchers insight into a previously unknown migration into Europe and suggest that modern humans were mixing with Neanderthals more often than was assumed.

China's bitcoin mining might cost it its carbon neutrality. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
China's bitcoin mining might cost it its carbon neutrality. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) China's fast-growing cryptocurrency mining sector holds major promise for businesses across the country, but could come at the cost of nationwide carbon neutrality if more stringent controls aren't enacted, according to new research.

Why don't conservatives trust science anymore? (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Why don't conservatives trust science anymore? (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) While conservatives and liberals were similarly confident in scientists as recently as the 1980s, conservatives' views have since dimmed dramatically — a trend that new research says resulted largely from moral conservatives' move to identify with the political right.

Is the GOP breeding authoritarianism? (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Is the GOP breeding authoritarianism? (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Partisanship may be driving some Republicans to become increasingly authoritarian, not the other way around, according to new research challenging widely held views about the stability of psychological traits through time.

Rural America has too few doctors and clinics. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Rural America has too few doctors and clinics. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) A study led by Harvard Medical School researchers found that people in counties with too few primary care physicians live more than a year and a half less on average than peers in better-served regions, and indicated that the government may be undercounting areas in need.

Failing education could jeopardize world economies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Failing education could jeopardize world economies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) A globe-spanning database sheds light on the scale of the “learning crisis” jeopardizing economic growth in developing economies, underscoring the need for education policy focused on giving children the skills and knowledge they need to build much-needed human capital.

Democrats and Republicans' living choices mirror their political divide. (Pixabay/F. Muhammad)
Democrats and Republicans' living choices mirror their political divide. (Pixabay/F. Muhammad) Most Republicans and Democrats live apart from members of the other party, according to a sweeping analysis of America’s nearly 181 million registered voters, with levels of “high isolation” from the out-party potentially driving political polarization and mistrust.