The Collaborative works with directors of policy from the Governor’s Office, the Rhode Island Senate, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives to determine research areas which will inform public policy. This year, scholars will focus their research on economic development in the state. Current Research Areas
“Economists and policymakers have voiced concerns that labor market mismatch (sometimes called structural unemployment) contributed to the high levels of unemployment experienced in the U.S. since the Great Recession. What role has mismatch played in Rhode Island, which has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country in recent years?”
Brown University scholar, Neil Mehrotra, Ph.D., examines the potential causes of Rhode Island’s high unemployment rate in his new research project Rhode Island Unemployment: Is There Labor Market Mismatch?
“Increased health insurance coverage of the working-age population through government programs like Medicaid is associated with stronger GDP and employment growth.” Find out more about how health care coverage can affect the economy in the new research project, The Economic Impact of Expanding Medicaid, from University of Rhode Island scholars, Liam C. Malloy, Ph.D. and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, Ph.D.
We hope that you can join us on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM for the second event in our new three-part Public Policy Speaker Series. The events in this series feature Rhode Island scholars discussing a variety of policy topics and will be held at the Rhode Island Foundation.
For more information and to register for this event, please visit our News & Updates page.
The Collaborative offers multiple research opportunities for participation from our Resource Network members. Within each Collaborative research area, several levels of funded research projects will take place. By approaching the research areas posed by policy leaders in multiple ways, The Collaborative is able to provide a holistic view of the topic area along with in-depth data and evidence with specific implications for Rhode Island.