Community property laws may decrease domestic violence incidents. (Unsplash/Adam Bouse)
Community property laws may decrease domestic violence incidents. (Unsplash/Adam Bouse)Three economists have proposed a new theoretical framework that may help researchers understand the connection between domestic violence and property ownership — and design policies to reduce abuse.

Women became the victims of domestic violence more often during the pandemic lockdown. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Women became the victims of domestic violence more often during the pandemic lockdown. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Domestic violence against women surged by 23% during Spain’s first lockdown at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, according to a new study using data from the country.

More Boeing planes led to bigger social media flaying in the wake of the 737-Max disasters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
More Boeing planes led to bigger social media flaying in the wake of the 737-Max disasters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Airlines with more Boeing planes in their fleets suffered serious reputational damage that negatively impacted their share prices in contrast to their more diversified competitors as information about two high-profile crashes involving the Boeing 737-Max spread rapidly on social media, according to new research by economists in the U.K. and Ireland.

Paid family leave helps fight food insecurity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Paid family leave helps fight food insecurity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Providing paid family leave reduces hunger, especially among children, according to a new study based on data from California.

Higher minimum wages lead to fewer teen moms. (Unsplash/Raghavendra V. Konkathi)
Higher minimum wages lead to fewer teen moms. (Unsplash/Raghavendra V. Konkathi)Raising the minimum wage corresponds to a significant drop in the teenage birth rate, according to a new study of state-level U.S. data that sheds light on the unexpected benefits of putting more money in the pockets of low-wage workers. 

A shorter workweek leads to less smoking and thinner waistlines. (AP Photo/Cie Stroud)
A shorter workweek leads to less smoking and thinner waistlines. (AP Photo/Cie Stroud)Shortening the length of the workweek has a positive impact on measures of workers’ health, including body-mass index and smoking, according to a new paper that utilizes a unique French data set.

It turns out the weed munchies may have scientific backing. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
It turns out the weed munchies may have scientific backing. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Legalizing recreational marijuana leads to increased sales of ice cream, cookies and chips, according to a first-of-its-kind study establishing a causal relationship between legal cannabis and junk food consumption.

People tend to believe outsider candidates' promises of systemic reforms more than establishment candidates. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
People tend to believe outsider candidates' promises of systemic reforms more than establishment candidates. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)Two political economists have proposed a novel theoretical mechanism for understanding the appeal of outsider candidates, adding a valuable new approach to the rapidly growing body of scholarship around recent populist electoral victories.

There may be a link between political corruption and dividend payouts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
There may be a link between political corruption and dividend payouts. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Companies headquartered in U.S. states with higher levels of political corruption pay out more to investors through dividends and stock buybacks, according to new research by three Canadian academics.

Areas where more young adults live at home with family have higher COVID-19 death rates. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Areas where more young adults live at home with family have higher COVID-19 death rates. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)Regions where more young adults live with their parents have experienced significantly higher rates of COVID-19 deaths, according to a new study based on European and U.S. data.

States relying on private prisons tend to hold prisoners longer. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
States relying on private prisons tend to hold prisoners longer. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)U.S. states that rely on private prisons incarcerate more people for longer periods of time, according to a first-of-its-kind study that establishes a causal connection between private prisons and incarceration.

This file photo shows a wind turbine farm owned by PacifiCorp near Glenrock, Wyo. Western U.S. electrical utility PacifiCorp plans to move faster away from coal-fired power while getting more juice from the sun and wind, the company announced. (AP Photo/Matt Young)
This file photo shows a wind turbine farm owned by PacifiCorp near Glenrock, Wyo. Western U.S. electrical utility PacifiCorp plans to move faster away from coal-fired power while getting more juice from the sun and wind, the company announced. (AP Photo/Matt Young)The green bond market faces legal hurdles including “greenwashing” and a lack of international regulatory standards, according to a paper by two Australian legal scholars, raising major questions about a class of debt instruments experiencing explosive growth.

Students sit on the lawn at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. (Bob Child, AP)
Students sit on the lawn at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. (Bob Child, AP) A proposed minor change to the administration of student loans would dramatically reduce the number of borrowers who default on payments each year, according to a new study by three U.S. economists.

Logo of scandal-plagued fintech Wirecard is pictured in April 2019 at the headquarters in Munich, Germany. (Matthias Schrader, AP)
Logo of scandal-plagued fintech Wirecard is pictured in April 2019 at the headquarters in Munich, Germany. (Matthias Schrader, AP) Two law professors affiliated with the University of Oxford have proposed a new legal framework for partnerships between banks and financial technology firms, a plan they say has received positive feedback from European regulators and could help avert corporate implosions like the Wirecard scandal.

The 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline snakes its way through the tundra north of Fairbanks, Alaska. (Al Grillo, AP Photo)
The 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline snakes its way through the tundra north of Fairbanks, Alaska. (Al Grillo, AP Photo)Increased employment and higher wages from oil booms do not appear to benefit permanent residents in the regions where drilling occurs, instead going mostly to outsiders, according to a new study that casts doubt on arguments used to justify natural resource extraction.

A teacher in Yonkers, New York teaches first grade in person and remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. (Mary Altaffer, AP)
A teacher in Yonkers, New York teaches first grade in person and remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. (Mary Altaffer, AP)A U.S. pandemic relief package saved more than 400,000 state and local government jobs, researchers from Harvard and the University of Minnesota found, adding to economists’ understanding of the country's largest-ever stimulus effort as lawmakers consider additional measures.

A boy wearing a mask as protection from coronavirus picks his way through a flooded slum in Nairobi, Kenya. (Brian Inganga, AP)
A boy wearing a mask as protection from coronavirus picks his way through a flooded slum in Nairobi, Kenya. (Brian Inganga, AP)Efforts by global institutions to help developing countries weather the coronavirus pandemic fell far short of overall goals, revealing large gaps in an international safety net intended to alleviate poverty, economic researchers found in a study of the response to the crisis.

A windfarm in Illinois. (Laura Ockel, Unsplash)
A windfarm in Illinois. (Laura Ockel, Unsplash)Sustainable stock indices surpass their conventional counterparts when the U.S. media and general public pay more attention to environmental issues, raising questions about whether their performance is based on underlying fundamentals.

A man sits at a restaurant in Milan, Italy, during the pandemic. (AP)
A man sits at a restaurant in Milan, Italy, during the pandemic. (AP)Strict lockdowns at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which may have helped curb spread in many areas, were less likely to be implemented in countries highly reliant on foreign trade, researchers found in a paper seeking to shed light on government response to the crisis.

 A sign for the car sharing service Lyft stands near a pickup zone outside the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver. (AP)
 A sign for the car sharing service Lyft stands near a pickup zone outside the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver. (AP)Gig economy companies like Uber, Lyft and Doordash rely on a model that resembles anti-labor practices employed decades before by the U.S. construction industry, and could lead to similar erosion in earnings for workers, a researcher found.