China is financing infrastructure projects around the world – many could harm nature and Indigenous communities

Through its Belt and Road Initiative, China has become the world’s largest country-to-country lender. A new study shows that more than half of its loans threaten sensitive lands or Indigenous people.

Rebecca Ray, Senior Academic Researcher in Global Development Policy, Boston University • conversation
today ~11 min

Study: As a population gets older, automation accelerates

Economists find companies’ adoption of robots is partly due to shortages in middle-aged labor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2021 ~7 min

To cut emissions, value each human’s wellbeing equally

A new study argues for a utilitarian approach to curbing carbon emissions, one that focuses on well-being rather than GDP.

Michelle Edelstein-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 14, 2021 ~7 min

Exposure of faked dishonesty study makes me proud to be a behavioural scientist

Some thought Dan Ariely’s faked data study might be a blow to behavioural science, but actually its exposure shows how behavioural scientists are rooting out false research.

David Comerford, Senior Lecturer of Economics and Behavioural Science, University of Stirling • conversation
Sept. 8, 2021 ~7 min

The next attack on the Affordable Care Act may cost you free preventive health care

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many preventive health services, including cancer screenings and vaccines, to be free of charge. But legal challenges may lead to costly repercussions for patients.

Alex Hoagland, PhD Candidate in Health Economics, Boston University • conversation
Sept. 7, 2021 ~9 min

Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows where you live affects your longevity

Analysis of Medicare data finds location matters, not just past health behavior.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 1, 2021 ~9 min

Social media messages from health care workers help reduce travel-related Covid-19 spread

Large-scale video campaign allowed physicians and public health messengers to encourage staying home over the 2020 holidays.

J-PAL North America • mit
Aug. 23, 2021 ~4 min

COVID messages from doctors change behavior across racial lines

A new study found that COVID-19 messages tailored to Black audiences and presented by physicians of color did not enhance the effectiveness for minority participants.

Nikki Rojas • harvard
Aug. 10, 2021 ~5 min

A sleep study’s eye-opening findings

Experiment with working poor in India finds no impact from more night sleep, though naps help; rest quality may be key.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2021 ~9 min

How inflation fears can turn into the real thing

An economist breaks down just how bad inflation could get in the United States and explains how fearing inflation can actually bring it about.

Peter Iglinski-Rochester • futurity
July 19, 2021 ~9 min