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23 June 2017

The Impact of Student Debt on the Careers,
Marriages, and Child-Bearing of Female Lawyers

Relative to their counterparts with lower debt burdens, female law students who incur large amounts of student debt on average spend more years working in private sector jobs, postpone marriage and child-bearing, and marry men with lower earnings, according to an analysis by Holger Sieg and Yu Wang.

22 June 2017

Peer-to-Peer Teaching and Ability Tracking

Erik O. Kimbrough, Andrew D. McGee, and Hitoshi Shigeoka find that peer-to-peer teaching improves learning among low-ability subjects, but that these effects are substantially reduced when students are tracked by ability.

21 June 2017

Gender Diversity and Performance in Venture Capital

Using a unique dataset containing information on the gender of venture capital partners’ children, Paul A. Gompers and Sophie Q. Wang find that venture capital firms whose partners have more daughters have an increased propensity to hire female partners and that this increased gender diversity improves deal and fund performance.
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Macroeconomic Policy in a Liquidity Trap

What are the effects on macroeconomic policy during periods when a country's central bank cuts the short-term nominal interest rate to zero? A report on research into the Great Depression, the deterioration of the Japanese economy in the 1990s, and the 2008 financial crisis is featured in the current edition of The NBER Reporter. Also in this issue of the quarterly Reporter, leading economists summarize their work developments in corporate finance, applications of behavioral economics in the field of education, the dynamics of innovation, and the impacts of contracting out Medicare and Medicaid.

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Healthier School Lunches Improved Students'
Test Scores at Less Cost than Other Interventions

Offering students healthier lunches delivered test-score improvements at a fraction of the cost of other interventions, according to an analysis of the data, from California public schools summarized in the July edition of The NBER Digest. Healthier lunches did not reduce student obesity rates. Also featured in the latest issue of the monthly Digest, are studies of consumption growth in low-and median-income households, the effects of option grants on CEO risk-taking, the impact of high government debt on corporate borrowing, the long-term benefits of immigration, and new evidence on infant mortality rates in the early 20th Century.

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New in the NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health

When Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
Reduce Opioid Misuse, and When They Do Not

In reaction to rising rates of opioid addiction and mortality, almost every state in the U.S. has created a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to help identify patients who may be misusing prescription drugs. Research summarized in the latest edition of the NBER's Bulletin on Aging and Health finds that when prescribers are required to access patient histories before writing prescriptions in certain circumstances, there is a noticeable decline in abuse. When prescribers have access to patient histories, but are not required to access them before prescribing, there is little effect on opioid use or health outcomes.

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