Report: Economics drives migration from Central America to the U.S.

A new survey underscores how material needs lead to movement within the Americas — at a high cost to those trying to relocate.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2021 ~7 min

The reasons behind lithium-ion batteries’ rapid cost decline

A new study finds that investments in R&D on materials and chemistry were key, while economies of scale contributed less.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 22, 2021 ~7 min


The US was not prepared for a pandemic – free market capitalism and government deregulation may be to blame

While neoliberalism has allowed U.S. markets to grow, the resultant stunted public health system left Americans to figure out how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and its fallout on their own.

Elanah Uretsky, Associate Professor of International and Global Studies, Brandeis University • conversation
Nov. 5, 2021 ~10 min

Cures for the health insurance enrollment blues

An experiment in Indonesia shows how much subsidies and in-person assistance spur people to get insurance — and how many people stop trying.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 1, 2021 ~8 min

Climate change: how economists underestimated benefits of action for decades

How economic thinking on climate change has evolved since the 2006 Stern Review.

Dimtri Zenghelis, Special Advisor to the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge • conversation
Oct. 29, 2021 ~6 min

People use mental shortcuts to make difficult decisions – even highly trained doctors delivering babies

It’s human nature to unconsciously rely on quick rules to help make spur-of-the-moment decisions. New research finds physicians use these shortcuts, too, which can be bad news for some patients.

Manasvini Singh, Assistant Professor of Health Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Oct. 14, 2021 ~10 min

New “risk triage” platform pinpoints compounding threats to US infrastructure

Modeling tool showcases emerging MIT Joint Program research focus on multi-sector dynamics.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Oct. 4, 2021 ~9 min

Farmers get smaller share of what we pay for food

Farmers are getting less of what we pay for food, research from 61 countries around the world finds. That has pros and cons, say the researchers.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 27, 2021 ~4 min


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
Sept. 20, 2021 ~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

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