Our mission at the College & University Research Collaborative is to:

→ increase the use of non-partisan academic research in policymaking → provide an evidence-based foundation for government decision making in RI

The Collaborative has developed a Resource Network of experts from Rhode Island’s 11 colleges and universities, creating a public/private partnership that moves research into action.

FOCUS ON RESEARCH: Rhode Island Unemployment: Is There Labor Market Mismatch?


Unemployment Rates in New England Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment Rates in New England
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

“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?

Click here to read the research brief.

FOCUS ON RESEARCH: The Economic Impact of Expanding Medicaid

Medicaid  Fig. 1



“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.

Click here to read the research brief.

Register Now: Public Policy Speaker Series – April 14, 2015

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.

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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.


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