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There's Research on That! Refugees and Social Instability

A research roundup of social science on the motives and meanings of migration highlights work from U of M sociologist Cawo Abdi.

Does Africa Need a New Green Revolution to Fight Hunger?

“Green Revolution” is the label for concerted initiatives to increase agricultural production and prevent hunger and starvation in major regions of the world. Earlier efforts transformed agriculture in Mexico, India, and the Philippines – by facilitating the use of new technologies and commercial seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides to produce high-yield cereal grains. In 2006 two of the world’s largest foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, joined forces to launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.

How Climate Change Is Influencing Birth Weight in Africa

In the United States, we know everything about our domestic agriculture thanks to the USDA and agricultural monitoring. But not all countries have the luxury of these programs, which is a challenge for Assistant Professor Kathryn Grace, who studies how varying climates impact poor women and families in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, Africa. She…

Same-Sex, Different Attitudes

In a now-classic white paper, sociologist Kathy Hull asks how and why American public opinion about marriage equality evolved so quickly: “It’s not a case of older people with more conservative beliefs dying out and being replaced by younger, more liberal generations. Rather, this kind of rapid shift suggests some individuals are changing their minds on the issue.”

One Thing I Know: Redefining Retirement

Life course scholar Phyllis Moen’s classic 2010 piece on why retirement is no longer a moment, but a project.

Why Punishment Is Purple

Sociologist Josh Page on the politics of punishment and why candidates and communities come together on criminal justice and, increasingly, criminal justice reform.

Time for a Fresh Look at Pension Design

In a Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute policy brief, economists Kurt Winkelmann and Jahiz Barlas write that policymakers should be concerned about the ability of many of the world’s pension systems to deliver on their promises. It is time, they believe, to build a new foundation for pension systems using the tools of quantitative economic analysis with aggregate welfare as the evaluation yardstick.