Public Policy

  • Lead Remediation Efforts Show Promise for Safe Drinking Water in New York City Public Schools

    Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
    by Riis L. Williams for the School of Public and International Affairs

    Since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, many states have passed legislation requiring public schools to assess and treat lead in their drinking water. Two Princeton University researchers examined the efforts by New York City, the largest school district in the country, to determine the efficacy of its lead reduction strategies. 

  • Princeton, University of Southern California research shows that immigration boosts U.S. life expectancy

    Monday, Oct 4, 2021
    by  Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    If immigrants to the United States formed their own country, their pre-COVID-19 life expectancies would exceed or match those of the world’s leaders in longevity — Swiss men and Japanese women.

    A new study by Princeton University and University of Southern California researchers estimates that immigration adds 1.4 to 1.5 years to U.S. life expectancy at birth. In 2017, foreign-born life expectancy reached 81.4 and 85.7 years for men and women, respectively. That’s about 7 and 6.2 years longer than the average lifespan of their U.S.-born counterparts.

  • Vaccine stockpiling by nations could lead to increase in COVID-19 cases, novel variant emergence

    Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

    The allocation of COVID-19 vaccine between countries has thus far tended toward vaccine nationalism, wherein countries stockpile vaccines to prioritize access for their citizenry over equitable vaccine sharing.

    The extent of vaccine nationalism, however, may strongly impact global trajectories of COVID-19 case numbers and increase the potential emergence of novel variants, according to a Princeton University and McGill University study published Aug. 17 in the journal Science.

  • Princeton & Mozilla launch technology policy research initiative

    Monday, Jun 28, 2021
    by Staff, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    Data-driven public policy depends on data. And, in the area of technology policy, access to data has been a significant barrier to research. Concerned about how online services might intrude on privacy, push hyper-partisan misinformation, or disadvantage their competitors? Those services aren’t sharing the relevant data with researchers.

  • How we measure biodiversity can have profound impacts on land-use

    Monday, Jun 28, 2021
    by Liana Wait, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    The world’s human population is expanding, which means even more agricultural land will be needed to provide food for this growing population. However, choosing which areas to convert is difficult and depends on agricultural and environmental priorities, which can vary widely.

  • A better understanding of 'wet markets' is key to safeguarding human health and biodiversity

    Friday, Jun 11, 2021
    by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    Great uncertainty surrounds the origins of SARS-CoV-2. Early on, some suggested a link between COVID-19 and a seafood market in Wuhan, China. Other theories are now circulating, though the origins of the virus are still unknown.

    In response, governments have pushed for the closing of so-called “wet markets” around the world, but this is not an effective policy solution, Princeton University researchers report.

  • COVID-19 reduces access to opioid dependency treatment for new patients

    Thursday, Apr 15, 2021
    by Aimee Bronfeld, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    COVID-19 has been associated with increases in opioid overdose deaths, which may be in part because the pandemic limited access to buprenorphine, a treatment used for opioid dependency, according to a new study led by Princeton University researchers.

  • Consuming online partisan news leads to distrust in the media

    Monday, Mar 29, 2021
    by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    Partisan media outlets are often blamed for growing polarization, but new research points to another consequence of consuming partisan news: an erosion of trust in the media.

    A team of researchers combined computational social science techniques and experimentation to study the long-term effects of online partisan media on political opinions and trust.

  • Forecasting the next COVID-19

    Monday, Dec 14, 2020
    by Jerimiah Oetting, for the Office of the Dean for Research

    Princeton disease ecologist C. Jessica Metcalf and Harvard physician and epidemiologist Michael Mina say that predicting disease could become as commonplace as predicting the weather. The Global Immunological Observatory, like a weather center forecasting a tornado or hurricane, would alert the world, earlier than ever before, to dangerous emerging pathogens like SARS-CoV-2.

  • COVID-19 shutdowns disproportionately affected low-income Black households

    Monday, Nov 30, 2020
    by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

    The alarming rate at which COVID-19 has killed Black Americans has highlighted the deeply embedded racial disparities in the U.S. health care system.

    Princeton researchers now report that low-income Black households also experienced greater job loss, more food and medicine insecurity, and higher indebtedness in the early months of the pandemic compared to white or Latinx low-income households.


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