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Maya Rossin-Slater on the impact of policies on families, particularly the disadvantaged

How do child-support mandates impact the relationship between parents and children? Does high-quality preschool compensate for early life health disadvantages? What are the long-term impacts of early childhood exposure to air pollution once they become adults?

Those are a few of the key questions Maya Rossin-Slater, a SIEPR faculty fellow, sets out to answer with her research.

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Shai Bernstein on the intersection of money and innovation

The calculus doesn’t make sense. Every year investors pour billions of dollars into U.S. startups in the hopes of striking it rich on the next Facebook. But the odds of hitting pay dirt are exceedingly low.

So why take that risk?

It’s a question that captivates Shai Bernstein, a faculty fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and an associate professor of finance at the university’s Graduate School of Business.

“The fact that ideas, some of them may seem completely implausible, get funded at all is both fascinating and difficult to explain,” he says.

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Stephen Haber on the value of integrating politics into economics

When Stephen Haber was a graduate student in the early 1980s, political economists were an endangered species. Political scientists studied how governments work, and economists focused on the functioning of markets — with little overlap between the two.

But Haber recognized that the two are inextricably connected. “There are reasons why each field developed its own set of tools, but the result was an incomplete theory about how the world works,” says Haber, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and professor of political science, history and economics.

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