Forget the debate over public health versus jobs – the same people suffer the most either way

Most pandemic policies have benefited those already best off in US society and ignored people for whom neither mass shutdowns nor reopening offer relief.

Kate Duchowny, Postdoctoral Scholar in Epidemiology, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
April 19, 2021 ~7 min

The EU wants a carbon tax on imports – but would it be the climate solution officials expect?

It's meant to stop something known as 'carbon leakage,' but the solution has economic, legal and environmental consequences.

Timothy Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Richmond • conversation
April 13, 2021 ~7 min

Young professionals should consider health savings accounts

An accounting professor ranks the most tax-efficient financial moves for young people beginning their careers. Top pick? Health savings accounts.

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
April 2, 2021 ~6 min

Marriage choices may affect pay gap, inequality

How do people's marriage choices affect the labor market, and ultimately gender wage gaps and income inequality?

Yale • futurity
March 30, 2021 ~7 min

Why corporate climate pledges of ‘net-zero’ emissions should trigger a healthy dose of skepticism

CEOs, including at oil companies and airlines, are relying on trees and oceans to capture and store carbon for them, but the numbers don't add up.

Matthew D. Potts, Professor, S.J. Hall Chair in Forest Economics, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
March 25, 2021 ~10 min

Why companies' 'net-zero' emissions pledges should trigger a healthy dose of skepticism

CEOs, including at oil companies and airlines, are making net-zero pledges while planning to still produce carbon emissions for decades to come.

Matthew D. Potts, Professor, S.J. Hall Chair in Forest Economics, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
March 25, 2021 ~10 min

India’s renewable energy targets could be even higher

India's ambitious target of 450 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030 could go even further, say three economists.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
March 24, 2021 ~10 min

Study reveals plunge in lithium-ion battery costs

Analysis quantifies a dramatic price drop that parallels similar improvements in solar and wind energy, and shows further steep declines could be possible

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 23, 2021 ~9 min

How government can protect the supply chain from future crises

A new report offers recommendations for how to prevent the US supply chain from facing the same issues in the future that it has during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
March 22, 2021 ~9 min

Selfish or selfless? Human nature means you're both

Cognitive neuroscientists use brain imaging and behavioral economic games to investigate people's sense of fairness. They find it's common to take care of yourself before looking out for others.

Jean Decety, Professor of Psychology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago • conversation
March 17, 2021 ~10 min

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