Policy Briefs

Who Becomes a Teacher? Racial Diversity in the K-12 to Teacher Pipeline, February 2023

Empowering Cities and Towns: The Baker-Polito Approach to Local Collaboration and Capacity Building, September 2022

Automatic Health Insurance Policies and Coverage Outcomes: Evidence from Massachusetts and Implications for ACA Reforms, February 2022

Scaling Auctions as Insurance: A Case Study of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, November 2021

Policy Recommendations to Address How Trauma, Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders Contribute to Incarceration, December 2019

Racial Diversity in the Teacher Pipeline: Evidence from Massachusetts, December 2019

Increasing Diversity in Boston's Exam Schools, October 2018

School District Turnaround: Learning from Leadership in Lawrence, Massachusetts, January 2018

Subsidizing Health Insurance for Low-Income Adults: Evidence from Massachusetts and Implications for Future Health Reforms, January 2018

Can Police Improve Homicide Clearance Rates?
November 28, 2017

Turning the Tide: Evidence on State Takeover and District Turnaround from Lawrence, Massachusetts,
April 13, 2016

City Hall's Technology Journey: Using Data to Improve the Lives of Citizens, April 4, 2016

The Sources of Boston Crime Guns, August 28, 2015

The Long-Run Impacts of Tracking High-Achieving Students
July 27, 2015

Talking with Mayor Marty Walsh: A City-Wide Town Hall
April 28, 2014

Greater Boston's Economy and the Entrepreneurial Age
February 26, 2014

Using Technology to Improve Transportation: All Electronic-Tolling and Beyond
October 19, 2013

First Degree Earns: The Impact of College Quality on College Completion Rates
September 18, 2012

Building Effective City-University Partnerships: Lessons from the Heartland
May 18, 2012

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Improving the Productivity of Massachusetts' Health Care Spending
May 14, 2012

The Impact of Rappaport Public Policy Fellows Program on Career Trajectories
November 7, 2011

Which Places Are Growing? Seven Notable Trends from Newly Released Census Data
March 25, 2011

How Massachusetts Can Stop the Public-Sector Virus
March 3, 2011

Did Credit Market Policies Cause the Housing Bubble?
May 5, 2010

Geography, Venture Capital, and Public Policy
March 24, 2010

What Makes a City Entrepreneurial?
February 22, 2010

Improving Health Care Quality and Values: Local Challenges and Local Opportunities
May 7, 2009

To Compete, or Non-Compete: The Effects of Employee Non-Compete Agreement
April 21, 2009

Silver Bullet or Trojan Horse: The Effects of Inclusionary Zoning on Local Housing Markets in Greater Boston
March 17, 2009

Reviewing Chapter 40B: What Gets Proposed, What Gets Approved, What Gets Appealed, and What Gets Built?
November 17, 2008

Reducing Youth Violence: Lessons from the Boston Youth Survey
June 15, 2008

The Greenness of Cities
March 5, 2008

The Seven Big Errors of PerformanceStat
February 11, 2008

Boston Bound: A Comparison of Boston's Legal Powers with Those of Six Other Major American Cities
December 15, 2007

The Impacts of Commuter Rail in Greater Boston
September 26, 2006

Hard Choices for the Next Governor
September 13, 2006

The Economic Impact of Restricting Housing Supply
May 22, 2006

Why Are Smart Places Getting Smarter?
March 15, 2006

Regulation and the Rise of Housing Prices
February 1, 2006

Local Services, Local Aid, and Common Challenges
November 2, 2005

Crowd Control That Can Kill: Can American Police Get a Grip on Their New "Less-Lethal" Weapons Before They Kill Again?
October 24, 2005

Creating an Effective Foundation to Prevent Youth Violence: Lessons Learned from Boston in the 1990s
September 26, 2005

Smart Growth: Education, Skilled Workers, and the Future of Cold-Weather Cities
April 27, 2005

Standards-Based Education Reform in the Computer Age: Lessons from Boston's Murphy School
March 5, 2005

Needed Corrections: Promising Strategies for Improving Massachusetts' Prisons and Jails
February 28, 2005

Betting the Future: The Economic Impact of Legalized Gambling
January 13, 2005

Can Social Capital Last? Lessons from Boston's Villa Victoria Housing Complex
November 3, 2004