Research on North America

This page includes the latest we recommend in research in North America.

Where do you get your information on North America? If you have a news source, podcast, blog, or articles, books or websites that you recommend, whether in English or another language, email Chrispine at crl2 (at) williams (dot) edu and we'll put it up!

Our Latest Recommendations

Prof. Gibson recommends this podcast episode on teachers and big questions with Raj Chetty

As in any “Conversations with Tyler” podcast episode, this discussion between economists Raj Chetty and Tyler Cowen is wide-ranging, spanning some of Chetty’s work on early childhood development, education, okra, taxes, and more.

Course Text: Public Finance and Public Policy

This is a required course text for the CDE core course “Public Economics.”

News Article: “A Ticket for Corruption”

This clever study by Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel explored how “culture” affected whether or not diplomats from other countries obeyed parking rules in Manhattan.

Article: “Corruption, Norms and Legal Enforcement: Evidence from Diplomatic Parking Tickets”

This clever study by Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel explored how “culture” affected whether or not diplomats from other countries obeyed parking rules in Manhattan.

Audio: “All about the Trans-Pacific Partnership”

In this episode of “Dollar and Sense,” David Dollar hosts Mieya Solis of Brookings for a discussion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), from its inception to its possible future.

Straight from the Source

RSS Brookings on Central America

  • Events of last six months show fragile countries must remain priority for the US and its allies
    The West is shifting its gaze from fragile states. After 20 years, the United States is headed for the exits in Afghanistan, pulling NATO with it. French President Emmanuel Macron is ending the Barkhane operation, pulling many of the more than 5,000 French troops from the Sahel, where they’ve been fighting a vicious jihadi insurgency… […]
  • 4 things the Biden administration should pay attention to with the border crisis
    To discourage migration, the Obama and Trump administrations deported hundreds of thousands of Central Americans during the last decade. But little was known about what happens to deportees. Eighteen months ago, we decided to find out. We interviewed 1,357 deportees as they entered Guatemala and followed up with 340 of them over subsequent months. Our… […]
  • Climate, violence, and Honduran migration to the United States
    Apprehensions of family units from Honduras arriving at the U.S. southern border grew exponentially between 2012 and 2019, from 513 to 188,368 (the dashed line in Figure 1). While it is possible that Biden administration policies and COVID-19 alter the calculus of migrants, they did not cause the sharp increase in apprehensions in 2019. This…