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Livia Gershon

Livia Gershon is a freelance writer in Nashua, New Hampshire. Her writing has appeared in publications including Salon, Aeon Magazine and the Good Men Project. Contact her on Twitter @liviagershon.

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What are International Goals Good For?

As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, created in 2000, approaches, we look at papers that explore the impact of international goals.
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Quantitative Research in 2015, as Imagined in 1990

If you want to get some perspective how much quantitative research has changed in the past few decades, try going back to 1990.
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Introverts at the Office—and the Oval Office

Did introversion harm Presidents Nixon and Carter's ability to perform on the job?
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Is the “Culture of Welfare Dependency” Real?

Welfare dependency theories often point to a weakening of "traditional values of individualism, freedom and self-determination,"
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The Origins of American Law Schools

When did law schools become a fixture in the training of elite Americans?
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Employee Morale Campaigns: The Early Years

Intensive studies of workers' moods to improve business performance goes back more than 75 years.
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The Demographics of U.S. Holiday Gift-giving

In a 1991 paper for the Journal of Consumer Research studied the effects of income, family size, and other demographic differences on gift-giving patterns.
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A Brief History of Pregnancy Workplace Rights

In a 1986 paper in the Journal of Public Health Policy, traced how pregnancy workplace rights has shifted over the years.
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When Unions Fought for the Environment

In a 1998 paper in Environmental History, Scott Dewey argues that unions were a key force for the emerging cause of environmentalism in the 1950s and '60s.
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Reputation Management Lessons from Brand Scandals

What does it take for a brand to regain its customers' trust after something goes badly wrong?
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What’s the Value of Single-Sex Schools?

Research on the effectiveness of single-sex schools has been mixed.

Rights and Freedom on Campus

There have been a range of debates happening over student rights and freedom.
Education and Leisure

The Rise and Fall of “Education for Leisure”

Where did the notion of teaching people how to spend their free time come from, and why did it disappear?
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Can Part-Time Jobs Be Good Jobs?

Brandeis University researcher Hilda Kahne argued for a more thoughtful approach to part-time jobs in a 1994 issue of Social Service Review
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Why Your Privacy is Not Just About You

Maintaining privacy is more of a social practice than one would think.
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The Modern Invention of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving as we know it was deliberately invented in the nineteenth century.
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The Italian-American Immigration Experience

As President Obama prepares to move forward on immigration reform, the debate over the role of immigrants in US society is ramping up.
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Is Taking Vacation Bad for Your Career?

Is taking time off for vacation bad for career advancement?
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Who Wins When Gambling is Legal?

Is expanding the role of legal gambling in the U.S. wise?
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Before Amazon, There Was FedEx

How FedEx's data-driven approach paved the way for Amazon.
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Ready for the 11-Hour Work Day?

Will the 11-hour work day become a reality?
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Making Child Support Work Better for Children

Do child support laws actually benefit children?
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How the “Boomerang Generation” Sees Itself — and Adulthood

Researchers looked at young people's sense of their identity as adults after moving back home, with results published in Sociological Forum in 2008.
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When Soda Was Virtuous

Soda had a virtuous aura a century ago.
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Self-Employment: Exciting Opportunity or Last Resort?

Does self-employment open up new opportunities or exploit a vulnerable workforce?