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.
In an instrumental variables design, counties with theaters showing “Birth of a Nation” in 1915 saw sharp post-release increases in lynchings, race riots, and Klan support, and higher rates of hate crimes and hate groups 100 years later.
In a geographic regression discontinuity design, New York townships that received more school funding prior to the Civil War later had higher median earnings, lower earnings inequality, and higher levels of voter turnout.
Computational text analysis applied to data from the Web of Science and Citation Classics reveals that new methods are more disruptive to the production of scientific knowledge than new theories or new results.
A new methodology using the potential outcomes framework for analyzing factorial experiments with noncompliance on any number of factors is applied to a field experiment on the effectiveness of different forms of get-out-the-vote canvassing.
Records of correspondence, legislative committees, the Jacobin Club, and private meetings in Paris during the winter of 1789–90 reveal how French revolutionaries reconciled the slave trade with the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.
Relative to the proportion of women full and associate professors in psychology at R1 institutions, women were disproportionately underrepresented as authors of invited submissions in five elite psychology journals between 2015 and 2019.