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  • What Happens When Unions Bargain for Social Justice?

    In a new study, Yale SOM’s James Baron and Daniel Julius examine the wave of unionization in museums, where workers often bring social-justice concerns to the bargaining table.

    Museum staff picket in front of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts
  • Can ChatGPT Accelerate Social Science Research? 

    Yale SOM’s Balázs Kovács and his co-authors spent years designing a computer-based method to measure “typicality.” In a new study, they found that ChatGPT could duplicate their results at a fraction of the cost.

    An illustration of researchers watching a robot write on a blackboard
  • El Salvador Adopted Bitcoin as an Official Currency; Salvadorans Mostly Shrugged

    In an effort to boost financial inclusion, El Salvador made Bitcoin an official currency and offered incentives for adopting it. A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s David Argente and Diana Van Patten found that a lack of trust caused use of the cryptocurrency to fall off quickly.

    A Bitcoin ATM in San Salvador in 2021. 
  • Are U.S. Cities Preparing for the Flooding to Come?

    A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Anya Nakhmurina uses a novel method to track local efforts to prepare for climate change, and shows that many of the U.S. cities most at risk are behind in adopting adaptation measures.

    A person walking through a flooded street
  • Teachers See Misbehavior from Black Students as More Blameworthy

    In order to isolate the role of race in teacher-student interactions, Prof. Jayanti Owens created videos using actors to depict misbehavior. She found that teachers are more likely to describe an incident with “blaming” language if the actor playing the misbehaving students is Black.

    Students of various races in a classroom
  • U.S. Government Regulators May Be Favoring Their Future Private-Sector Employers

    How does the “revolving door” between government and industry benefit firms? A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Ivana Katic finds that firms see a smoother regulatory process in the months before they hire a former regulator, suggesting that they may find favor via the promise of future employment.

    A person pushing through a revolving door decorated with the American flag and dollar signs
  • Does Having a Choice Provide an Illusion of Control?

    A study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Joowon Klusowski and Deborah Small finds giving people a choice doesn’t makes them think they are more likely to achieve a positive outcome and provides an explanation of why the opposite can appear to be to be true.

    An illustration of a woman choosing between one door and multiple doors
  • Does Capital Spending on Schools Improve Education?

    Yale SOM’s Barbara Biasi and her co-authors found that some projects improve test scores and others boost local property values—but they aren’t the same ones.

    Construction on a school building
  • A Better Algorithm Can Bring Volunteers to More Organizations

    Yale SOM’s Vahideh Manshadi and her collaborators found that an online platform was steering volunteers toward a small group of opportunities. By building equity into the algorithm, they were able to help more organizations find the volunteers they need.

    An illustration showing raised hands emerging from a set of gears
  • In the Emergency Department, Patients from Marginalized Groups Are More Likely to be Bypassed in the Queue

    In a busy hospital emergency department, White people who speak English and have private insurance are more likely to jump the line and get seen first, according to new research from Professors Lesley Meng and Edieal Pinker and Dr. Rohit Sangal ’21 of Yale New Haven Hospital.

    Patients waiting in an emergency department waiting room