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The Malcolm Wiener Center's research portfolio is both broad and deep, spanning many academic disciplines and encompassing traditional research as well as executive sessions, case-based research, and action research.


Marcella Alsan and colleagues studied whether the COVID-19 pandemic made people more willing to curtail their own civil liberties.


Gordon Hanson's research in the Aspen Economic Strategy Group’s newest policy volume explores how the energy transition could lead to significant disruptions for workers.


Research from Gordon Hanson and colleagues finds that the share of U.S. residents born in Latin America and the Caribbean has hit a plateau.


Research from the Project on Workforce draws on data from CareerWise Colorado to explore the key drivers of retention and completion for youth apprentices.


Shift Project research published in Health Affairs finds that service sector workers in the U.S. have limited and unequal access to paid sick leave.


Research by Marcella Alsan and colleagues explores the consequences and causes of low enrollment of Black patients in clinical trials.


Research published in the American Economic Review by Will Dobbie and colleagues looks at the pathways of racial disparities in judicial bail decisions.


A new working paper by Sandra Susan Smith and Cierra Robson examines the harms of pretrial electronic monitoring in San Francisco.


A Shift Project study found that more than 80% of service sector workers aged 50 to 80 experienced routine schedule instability, with significant health and financial costs.


A paper by Sandra Susan Smith published by Arnold Ventures discusses the costs of pretrial detention and the evidence that pretrial release does not increase crime.


A decade-long study from Maya Sen, Stephen Jessee, and Neil Malhotra finds the Supreme Court has become much more conservative than the American public at large.


According to a national survey of gig workers conducted by the Shift Project, about 1 in 7 earned less than the federal minimum wage.


Using Shift Project data, the EPI Company Wage Tracker breaks down and compares what workers earn per hour at the largest firms in the service sector.


According to a Boston Fed report using Shift Project data, many service workers at large companies didn’t get expanded paid sick leave benefits during COVID-19.


New research by Sandra Susan Smith and Christopher Herring explores the impacts of "Ban-the-Box" legislation on employment for justice-involved individuals.


Maya Sen and Stanford’s Adam Bonica present a compelling argument about how the nation's courts have become political tools used by the two political parties to further their interests.


A new Shift Project report evaluates the implementation of Seattle’s scheduling ordinance and its impact on retail & food service workers.


New research finds black and Hispanic students living close to police-involved killings suffer substantial educational and psychological damage.


Researcher Rachel Lipson and mid-career student Jess Northend are tracking global policy responses.


New research tracing outbreaks among prison inmates and correctional staff. You can also read a Q&A with study authors Marcella Alsan and Crystal Yang.


New research from George Borjas shows economic and racial disparities in testing and infection.


Educators have praised “The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children” as one of the most comprehensive studies on parenting.


Restoring the American Dream: What Would It Take to Dramatically Increase Mobility from Poverty? Read the latest report from the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. 


David Deming discusses what the Wiener Center is doing to address the pressing issue of income and wealth disparities in the United States today.


Research from Julie Boatright Wilson provides a framework for managers interested in generating evidence to improve their organizations.


New faculty member Will Dobbie talks about the common threads linking criminal justice, education, and consumer finance.