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Complex Reasons Spur Women to Change STEM Majors, New Georgetown Study Finds

October 11, 2017

The triple threat of low grades, gender composition of a major and gender stereotypes are what compel undergraduate women to switch from a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) major to another field, according to a new Georgetown study.

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Researcher Granted Almost $3 Million to Study Cancer Treatment, Related Costs

Researcher Granted Almost $3 Million to Study Cancer Treatment, Related Costs

Economist Jean Mitchell received a three-year, $1.7 million grant from NCI to assess treatment patterns and outcomes of women over 65 with newly diagnosed ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

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China Makes Progress, U.S., Other Countries Fail to Discourage Fossil Fuels

The average tax on gasoline throughout the world is declining, meaning that governments are collectively failing to discourage fossil fuel consumption, according to a new study by Georgetown and UCLA professors.


Pre-K Program Benefits Last Into Middle School, New Study Finds

Positive effects of pre-K programs are detectable as late as middle school, according to a new study published today by two Georgetown professors.


Immigrants to America Become Less Healthy Over Time, Professor Says

The longer immigrants stay in America, the less healthy they become, according to a recently published study in Economics and Human Biology by McCourt School of Public Policy Adriana Kugler and a colleague from Dalhousie university.


Head Start Benefits Last for Years, Georgetown Study Finds

A long‐awaited study of Tulsa’s Community Action Project (CAP) Head Start program has found that the positive initial effects of this program persist through the 7th grade.


Professor Adriana Kugler to Research Unemployment Insurance Effects

McCourt School professor Adriana Kugler will study the effect of unemployment insurance benefits on match quality and job mobility, thanks to a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. 

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State-Based Marketplaces Fail to Meet Goal of Standardized Benefit Designs

Researchers at McCourt's Center on Health Insurance Reforms, in partnership with the Urban Institute, conducted a study of efforts to standardize health insurance deductibles and other forms of cost-sharing in four states. With 2017 open enrollment around the corner, the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace hopes to follow the lead of several state-based marketplaces to improve consumers’ ability to make “apples-to-apples” plan comparisons by offering such standardized benefit designs. The report, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explores states’ policy choices in adopting standardized plan requirements as well as the consumer experience comparing health plans in four states.

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Report Shows Huge D.C. Health Disparities, Makes Recommendations

Later this summer, two reports that address disparities in housing and economics will be released. Graduate students at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, under the direction of the school’s Micah Jensen and Jackson, developed the reports.

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Reconciliation Programs Worsen Psychological Health, Study Shows

In the aftermath of civil wars, many countries undertake truth and reconciliation efforts to restore social cohesion, notes co-author Jacobus Cilliers of Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. 

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Massive Data Institute Awards New Grants, Hires Postdoctoral Fellow

Delaying or refusing vaccinations and examining the financial effects of Alzheimer’s Disease before diagnosis are among the faculty projects receiving support from the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute (MDI).

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McCourt School, Lugar Center Launched Bipartisan Index

The McCourt School of Public Policy and The Lugar Center have launched The Bipartisan Index, a ranking of all U.S. Senators and Representatives according to their sponsorship and co-sponsorship of bills.

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East Africa Road Safety Project Gets $3 Million Grant

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Georgetown researchers a $3 million grant to expand a road safety intervention project in East Africa. 

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Lugar Center, McCourt Unveils 2015 Bipartisan Index

The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index rankings of all members of Congress in 2015. 

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Keys to Building the Skills of Middle-Wage Workers and strengthening Employer Demand for Them

Two recent articles by Harry Holzer, Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and Visiting Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, make the case for creating new workforce training models to match skills with employer demands, and improving incentives for employers to invest in those workers.

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Edunomics Lab Tackles Education Cost Structures in Research Series

Edunomics Lab, the McCourt School’s Seattle-based research center devoted to exploring and modeling complex education finance decisions, recently released a series of research papers and briefs on cost structures of human capital systems in education. Dr. Marguerite Roza, director of Edunomics Lab, led a team of researchers looking into pressing education finance issues...


Increasing Targeting, Flexibility, and Transparency in Title I of the ESEA

Nora Gordon is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. In this policy proposal Nora Gordon suggests (1) reforms to ensure that the Title I formula gets enough resources to the neediest areas, and (2) improvements in federal guidance and fiscal compliance outreach efforts so that local districts understand the flexibility they have to spend effectively.

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Georgetown Public Policy Review Spring Edition: Post-Millennial (Digital Debut)

McCourt School Review's Digital Debut, the launch of this site, and all of the papers and content within it. 


Post-Affordable Care Act Trends in Small Business Health Coverage

Researchers at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR), in partnership with the Urban Institute and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have released a new report examining trends in the market for small business health coverage.

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Economy Needs Boost from College-Educated Workers

The BLS data suggest that there are 22 million adults in this country who attained a college degree but didn't need it," says Jeff Strohl, research director at Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW), But the economy did need these college graduates, who earn an average of $55,000 a year, much more than the average high school graduate.


Georgetown Researchers Receive New Funding for Pre-K Study

The Georgetown University Center for Research on Children in the United States (CROCUS) received three new grants to support their ongoing research into the universal prekindergarten program in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which provides high-quality pre-K to nearly three-fourths of all four-year-old children.

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McCourt, Lugar Center Unveil New Bipartisan Index

The Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School Unveil New Bipartisan Index Rankings of All U.S. Senators Chafee, Collins Top Index; Six 2016 Presidential Candidates Ranked Since 1993