Recent Research & Commentary

Research & Commentary: The Effect of Dodd-Frank

July 1, 2011

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Dodd-Frank Act, is a law with consequences for every part of the financial system.

Research & Commentary: Teacher Evaluations

July 1, 2011

Teachers receive job evaluations much like workers in other professions; except the “satisfactory” rates for teaching usually lie somewhere in the high 90th percentiles, according to an Education N

Research & Commentary: Protecting Privacy in Cloud Computing

July 1, 2011

The 25-five-year-old federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) doesn’t protect individuals’ data stored remotely in the Internet “cloud” (such as gmail, mobileme, and skydrive).

Research & Commentary: Standardized Loss Allocation System for Hurricane Claims and the COASTAL Act

Matthew Glans
June 28, 2011

The two major forces of a hurricane—wind and water—can do grave damage to homes.

Research and Commentary: Blaine Amendments

June 28, 2011

Thirty-eight states have Blaine Amendments to their constitutions, which prohibit public dollars from supporting religious private schools.

Research & Commentary: Use of Gender in Auto Insurance Scoring

Eli Lehrer
June 24, 2011

Some stereotypes about groups are pure calumny, others have a small grain of truth, and some are absolutely, 100 percent true.

Research & Commentary: National ‘Common Core’ Curriculum Standards

June 23, 2011

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, supported and created by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers, sets grade-by-grade content requirements for K–12

Research & Commentary: Early Learning Challenge

June 21, 2011

Under the federal government’s "Early Learning Challenge" for state early education and childcare programs, states will offer a proposal, then follow through if they win a grant.

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) of Natural Gas

James M. Taylor
June 21, 2011

Research & Commentary: Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) of Natural Gas