Is the pandemic over? We asked an economist, an education expert and a public health scholar their views

President Joe Biden’s suggestion that the COVID-19 pandemic is over has led to a backlash among some experts who suggest the comment is premature – and counterproductive.

Wayne Au, Professor of Education, University of Washington, Bothell • conversation
Sept. 21, 2022 ~7 min

Female market vendors defy economics theory

Women traders were more successful than men in Kurmasi Central Market in Ghana but did not pursue a place in the formal economy. Why?

Olivia Hall-Syracuse • futurity
Sept. 13, 2022 ~6 min

Could blockchain help track outbreaks like E. coli in spinach?

Are new technologies like blockchain like good ways to trace foods through their supply chain during food contamination outbreaks? New research challenges that idea.

Dan Bernardi-Syracuse • futurity
Sept. 6, 2022 ~6 min

Tipping the balance between global rivals

John David Minnich seeks to understand how trade policies fueled China’s rise and continue to determine geopolitical winners and losers.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Aug. 29, 2022 ~8 min

Economist: Inflation math can make things seem worse

Focusing on the annual rate of change, rather than month-to-month inflation changes, distorts the economic reality and makes a bad situation look worse, says economist John Horn.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 18, 2022 ~9 min

Beyond GDP: changing how we measure progress is key to tackling a world in crisis – three leading experts

Amid the global threats posed by climate change, spiralling energy costs, insecure employment and widening inequality, the need to rethink our notion of progress is now an urgent priority.

Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey • conversation
Aug. 18, 2022 ~34 min

AI offers risk, return goals for big financial portfolios

A new AI program offers specific investment risk and return goals for large-scale portfolios containing hundreds of assets, report researchers.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Aug. 17, 2022 ~4 min

Climate Change Centers Debate on Cutting Consumption

VOA Learning English • voa
Aug. 14, 2022 ~5 min

Expanded access to solar power in Africa can stimulate economic development – but there are risks

Are studies right that expanded access to off-grid solar products has driven economic development in Africa?

Ben Radley, Lecturer in International Development, University of Bath • conversation
Aug. 12, 2022 ~7 min

J-PAL expands evidence-to-policy government partnerships to fight poverty worldwide

In collaboration with Community Jameel and Co-Impact, rigorous research will inform social policies and programs.

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) • mit
Aug. 9, 2022 ~7 min