Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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"Political Logic of Poverty Relief" Electoral Strategies and Social Policy in Mexico

June 2017

Poverty relief programs are shaped by politics.

How the Mexican Drug War Affects Kids and Schools? Evidence on Effects and Mechanisms

October 2016

In this paper published by the International Journal of Educational Development, we investigate the impact of drug-related violence in Mexico on academic achievement.

How the Mexican Drug War Affects Kids and Schools? Evidence on Effects and Mechanisms

June 2016

In this paper published by the International Journal of Educational Development, we investigate the impact of drug-related violence in Mexico on academic achievement.

Traditional Governance, Citizen Engagement and Local Public Goods: Evidence from Mexico

December 2013

We study the governance of public good provision in poor communities in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The Mexican War on Drugs: Crime and the Limits of Government Persuasion

October 2013

Abstract:In order to successfully battle organized crime, governments require a certain degree of citizens’ support.

Evaluating the Effect of School and Teacher Incentives: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Mexico

January 1900

Merit‐based incentives are a topic of growing interest in labor economics due to their potential to increase performance for private and public employees.

People

Edgar Franco Vivanco Doctoral Candidate, Political Science
Perla Gonzalez Administrative Associate, CDDRL