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How Has COVID-19 Affected Children and Adolescents?

On March 11, it will be three years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic. In that time, the world’s youth have experienced lockdowns and upheavals in their school, work, and social activities. Headlines have increasingly warned about substantial learning losses and critical mental health crises.

Four IPR experts discussed what research indicates about the effects of COVID-era events and policies on February 6, tracing how U.S. children and adolescents have fared in the short term and what we might expect in the long term.

In Memoriam: Rebecca Blank, 1955–2023

IPR mourns the loss of former faculty fellow Rebecca Blank, who died on February 17. She served in many roles across her exemplary career—as an esteemed labor economist, a distinguished university leader, and a determined policymaker. She was an IPR fellow from 1989 to 1999.

Research News

Hiring Discrimination: The Problem That Won't Go Away

In a Q&A, IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian shares the findings of his recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing the persistence of hiring discrimination in North America and Western Europe. 

Twitter Use Dips After Elon Musk's Takeover, Largely Driven by Democrats' Departure

A new survey by IPR political scientist James Druckman and PhD student Jonathan Schulman finds that Twitter use dipped after Elon Musk's takeover, largely driven by Democrats' departure from the platform. Democrats are also significantly more likely than Republicans to distrust Musk. 

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty explores whether food security can improve mental health, why White parents should have conversations about race and racism with their children, and to what extent community violence interventionist workers in Chicago experience secondary traumatic stress. 

Faculty Insights

"Folks have been getting the maximum benefit for many months, but yet they're still just really financially fragile. Many of them are just on the border between experiencing hunger and not."
Working Papers

IPR has more than 60 working papers in its series for 2022 and 2023, covering topics such as whether collaboration induces debt-motivated altruism, the effects of competition on physician prescribing, and the challenges of balancing primary and general electorates. Our working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website. You can sign up to receive notification of our working papers here.
IPR Working Papers

All IPR events are being held in person this quarter. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

March 6: "Spatial Thinking and STEM Education: Why They Matter for Policy"
David Uttal (Psychology/SESP/IPR)

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