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 Jillian at jrs7 (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

  • 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…      
  • The imperative to address the root causes of migration from Central America
    The Biden administration kicks off with a range of interests to address in the Northern Triangle of Central America — democracy, human rights, trade and investment, and stemming drug trafficking. However, immigration remains its priority. In contrast to the Trump administration’s focus on stopping the immediate flows across the border, the incoming administration has committed… […]