BLOG: How Price and Non-Price Incentives Affect California Water Demand

By Christopher Deranian, University of Maryland, College Park

Over the past two decades, drought conditions in California have repeatedly threatened freshwater security in the state. Since Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in 2014, a variety of policies have been enacted to promote water conservation. Continue reading BLOG: How Price and Non-Price Incentives Affect California Water Demand

BLOG: Hebei Province Economic Reforms as a Case Study for China’s Policy Perspective

By Madison Smith, Yale University

The goal of this paper is to highlight the importance of China implementing economic reforms in order to avoid a sustained slowdown following decades of substantial GDP growth. Continue reading BLOG: Hebei Province Economic Reforms as a Case Study for China’s Policy Perspective

The Efficacy of State-Level PrEP Access Programs: A Tale of Two States

By Noah Zwiefel, Macalester College

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) reinvents what we know about HIV prevention by nearly eliminating the risk that an individual will seroconvert after exposure to HIV. Uptake, however, has been slow in many areas where it would be most beneficial. Continue reading The Efficacy of State-Level PrEP Access Programs: A Tale of Two States

Does Protest Turnout Affect Regulatory Policy?: Anti-Nuclear Energy Protests During the 1970s-90s

By James Sanders, Christopher Dann, Irene Kyoung, Rafae Qazi, Jintao Zhu, and Yihan Zhu, London School of Economics and Bowdoin College

Our research aims to quantify the impact of protest turnout on legislative change. Specifically, we formulate a two-period model to explain the behaviour of legislators when faced with a variety of protest turnouts and preferences of the median voter. Continue reading Does Protest Turnout Affect Regulatory Policy?: Anti-Nuclear Energy Protests During the 1970s-90s

The Effect of Global Crude Oil Prices on Malaysia’s GDP and Trade

By Kah Heng Lua, University of Manchester

This study employs a time-series approach to determine the effects of changes in the global West Texas Intermediate and Dubai Fateh crude oil price benchmarks on Malaysia’s GDP and trade. The results indicate that effects from developments in global crude oil prices exist only in the short-run. Continue reading The Effect of Global Crude Oil Prices on Malaysia’s GDP and Trade

Flow-Performance Relationship of Hedge Funds Before and After the Financial Crisis

By Lucas Cusimano and Ruby Zhang, The University of Chicago

This paper examines the determinants of U.S. hedge fund flow before and after the financial crisis using comprehensive hedge fund panel data. Hedge funds offer a unique testing ground for hypotheses about investor behavior due to their limited regulation structure. Continue reading Flow-Performance Relationship of Hedge Funds Before and After the Financial Crisis