Social Sciences


Redefining democracy: Could lotteries improve governance and public trust?

October 2, 2023

Alexandra Cirone, a fellow with Yale’s Democratic Innovations Program, discusses the historical and contemporary use of lottocratic selection in democracy.

Metaphors for human fertilization are evolving, study shows

October 2, 2023

While the metaphor of an active sperm and a passive egg has long been used to describe fertilization, a more gender-egalitarian approach is circulating.

‘Pawn’ states: Exploring the costs of external debt in nation building

September 28, 2023

Political scientist Didac Queralt discusses his recent book, “Pawned States,” which examines the consequences of foreign lending on developing countries.

Nicholas Sambanis named the Kalsi Family Professor of Political Science

September 27, 2023

Sambanis’s work has re-shaped how scholars conceive of inter-group conflicts, ranging from everyday forms of discrimination to violent protests and civil wars.

Does capital spending on schools improve education?

September 26, 2023

A new study led by Yale SOM’s Barbara Biasi found that some projects improve test scores and others boost local property values — but they aren’t the same ones.

New research sheds light on the economic consequences of evictions

September 26, 2023

Yale researchers use big data to study the link between evictions and poverty in Chicago and New York City.

Democratic innovations: Bridging the gap between citizens and policymakers

September 26, 2023

A study co-authored by Yale’s Kaylyn Jackson Schiff explores the impact of personal stories and factual information when advocating to lawmakers.

Marina Halac appointed the Stanley Resor (B.A. 1901) Professor of Economics

September 22, 2023

Halac, who joined the Yale faculty in 2019, is an expert in game theory, contract theory, and mechanism design.

Gerard Padró i Miquel appointed Samuel C. Park Jr. (B.A. 1925) Professor

September 22, 2023

Padró i Miquel is a political economist and expert on the political frictions that lead to economic underdevelopment.

Yale’s Kortum talks trade, climate policy, and his newest gig

September 20, 2023

Economist Samuel Kortum ’92 Ph.D., the recently appointed director of Yale’s Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, discusses his research and new role.