Do Vouchers Lead to Greater Learning? Depends Where (and When) You Look

At the center of the current education policy debate is the use of school vouchers to directly pay for children to attend whichever school they want. But what is the evidence on their effectiveness?

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Categories: Education

Want to Have an Impact on Housing Policy? Go Local!

Local decisions affect the density at which housing can be built and the complexity, duration, and cost of the land entitlement process, which in turn affect the cost of housing.

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Tags: housing

The Future Of Medicaid: When Improving Upon The Wheel, Start With Something Round

As states and the federal government jointly design Medicaid's future, let's include what we know works - and eliminate what does not.

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Categories: U.S. Health

A "Menu" of Policies to Improve Diets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and nutrition assistance programs more broadly are intended to eliminate hunger and improve diet. What's the strongest evidence for improving the diets of SNAP participants?

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Categories: Food Security

When Is Randomization Right for Evaluation?

I advocate using randomized experiments because they provide a high level of confidence in the results. But they aren't always possible or appropriate. So what criteria should researchers use to decide when to use them?

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