Income Inequality and Democratic Backsliding

Article by Meghna Pamula Although democracy has greatly expanded globally over the past few decades, democratic backsliding has been a topic of concern over recent years. Democratic backsliding is the state-led debilitation or elimination of the institutions sustaining democracy. Democracy is made up of factors such as voting rights, freedom of the governed, and minority

The Inland Empire’s Industry Resilience

Article By Anya Syed During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, unemployment rates soared throughout the US, with rates differing across US counties. According to the most recent UCLA Anderson Forecast Report, LA County’s unemployment rate was 4.9%, while Riverside county’s unemployment rate was 3.6% in September 2022. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the

Does Mail-in Voting Actually Increase Election Participation?

Article By Noah Hendelman The 2020 United States presidential election saw a major increase in mail-in voting as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This shift was politicized, with republicans falsely claiming the method was more prone to widespread fraud, and democrats hoping that an increased turnout stemming from mail-in voting would benefit their party.

What’s the Effect of Increasing the Felony Theft Threshold?

Article by Kara Hagler Recently, news outlets have shown videos of people stealing from stores and freely exiting the building with no punishment. It begs the question as to how all these people are stealing in broad daylight without facing punishment from the store or police. One potential hypothesis for this open stealing in stores

Trade Dependency and a Post-Russian Invasion Stock Market

Article by Nicolas De Mello and Anya Syed When news of Russia’s encroachment into Ukrainian territory began, the global stock market immediately responded. Meanwhile, countries rushed to impose sanctions and called diplomatic meetings to address the dire situation. By early March, 141 countries had condemned Russia for its invasion at the UN and vowed to

The Pandemic’s Partisan Divide

  The Pandemic’s Partisan Divide By Julia Garbee “There simply was not a strong partisan pattern to Covid during the first year that it was circulating in the U.S … Then the vaccines arrived,” a December 2021 NPR article claimed. While it is true that Republicans are vaccinated at lower rates than Democrats, are vaccinations

What Factors Explain Recidivism?

Article by Daniel Krasemann April 1st marks the start of Second Chance Month. President Joe Biden addressed the nation and emphasized that the United States is a country of second chances. With over half a million people released from prison every year, Biden properly acknowledges the importance of promoting second chances. Furthermore, 70 million Americans suffer

The Impact of GDP shocks on Fertility Rates

Article by Nicolas De Mello The Impact of GDP shocks on Fertility Rates Covid-19 has introduced unknowns into our day-to-day lives and has created numerous economic difficulties. In 2020, most of the world suffered negative economic shocks as the uncertainty of a new disease stunned human societies and resulted in significant GDP downturns for many