August 2015

New Report on Houston Pensions: “Swamped: How Pension Debt Is Sinking the Bayou City”

Houston, TX—This morning, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) held a press conference and released a new report on the state of Houston’s public pension systems, titled, “Swamped: How Pension Debt is Sinking the Bayou City.” The report, co-authored by Josh McGee, LJAF Vice President of Public Accountability, and Michelle Welch, LJAF Public Accountability … Read More

Does electronic monitoring work? The Laura and John Arnold Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts aim to find out.

Each year, millions of individuals—both defendants awaiting trial and convicted offenders—are supervised in the community, rather than in prison or jail. State and local criminal justice agencies must ensure that these individuals act lawfully and follow all community supervision rules. As part of this effort, many agencies use ankle bracelets, alcohol testing devices, and a … Read More

Important lessons about reproducibility in science

For over three years now, we at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) have been thinking about the problem of reproducibility in science. One of our first efforts was to launch the Center for Open Science (COS). This afternoon, a flagship COS project, the Reproducibility Project in Psychology, published its findings in Science. The … Read More

Many psychology findings not as strong as claimed, study says

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A misleading chart on organ donation rates

One of the most famous graphs in the behavioral economics community—from Johnson & Goldstein’s 2003 paper in Science—depicts the rates at which people in various countries consent to donate their organs. It shows that consent rates are dramatically lower in countries that require people to opt-in to donate, as opposed to those that automatically register … Read More