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

  • 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… […]
  • The US-Mexico security relationship in 2021
    The blows that in the last days of the Trump presidency Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador delivered to the U.S.-Mexico bilateral security relationship further complicate and eviscerate that troubled but vital relationship. Although only the latest provocation from the Mexican president, these moves are not just signals, diplomatic posturing, or venting driven by Mexico’s… […]
  • Maras, migrants, and Mexico: Policy issues for the next US administration
    In much of its engagement with Mexico and Central America, the Trump administration has focused on stopping the flow of migrants from the region to the United States, whether by building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, insisting that Mexico halt the flow of Central American migrants, or embracing leaders who assist in efforts to… […]