Frontiers in Social and Behavioral Science features new research in the flagship journals of the Social Science Research Council’s founding disciplinary associations. Every month we publish a new selection of articles from the most recent issues of these journals, marking the rapid advance of the frontiers of social and behavioral science.
A policy increasing criminal deportations from the US to El Salvador led to increases in homicide rates and gang activity in El Salvador, and spurred increased gang migration to the US.
State legislators who can no longer seek reelection sponsor fewer bills, are less productive on committees, and are absent for more floor votes.
Randomizing court fees charged to misdemeanor defendants in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma reveals that court fees neither deter nor increase new crime, and produce little financial benefit for governments.
In a quarterly panel dataset of real estate transaction prices for five Japanese cities over the period 2006–2015, earthquake risk is priced at an average –2.0% of log property prices, slightly more than the annual income of a middle-income Japanese household.
A nationally representative survey finds that parents’ vaccination decisions are correlated with their beliefs about whether society is on their side.
Native lands in the United States were purchased through federally-administered trust funds, enabling the use of Native wealth to finance the banks, canals, and railways that led to further Native dispossession.
Conducting randomized controlled trials on alternative strategies for conducting social and behavioral science may increase the quality of scientific findings.