Minimizing electric vehicles’ impact on the grid

Careful planning of charging station placement could lessen or eliminate the need for new power plants, a new study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 15, 2023 ~8 min

Economic growth is fuelling climate change – a new book proposes 'degrowth communism' as the solution

What does Karl Marx have to say about climate change? Quite a lot, according to a new book.

Timothée Parrique, Researcher in Ecological Economics, Lund University • conversation
March 3, 2023 ~7 min

How debit cards helped Indonesia’s poor get more food

Replacing rice-bag delivery with digital card vouchers helps recipients get their intended supplies, researchers report.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 2, 2023 ~8 min

A new strategy for western states to adapt to long-term drought: Customized water pricing

Even after January’s storms, California faces a water-scarce future. An economist and an engineer propose a way to test higher water prices as a conservation strategy without hurting low-income users.

Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Southern California • conversation
Feb. 13, 2023 ~8 min

Study: Preschool gives a big boost to college attendance

Research using a Boston admissions lottery shows striking effects for children throughout their student lives.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 8, 2023 ~9 min

Medicaid coverage is expiring for millions of Americans – but there's a proven way to keep many of them insured

Evidence from Massachusetts suggests that a multistep process discourages enrollment. The findings could help policymakers stave off a sharp decline in coverage when COVID-19 policies change.

Mark Shepard, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School • conversation
Jan. 31, 2023 ~5 min

Unnatural selection

In a new book, “Risky Business,” Amy Finkelstein examines the core issue of the insurance industry: Who gets to be a customer?

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 30, 2023 ~9 min

As US-EU trade tensions rise, conflicting carbon tariffs could undermine climate efforts

Both sides have reason to find common ground, says a group of energy and climate policy analysts.

Sagatom Saha, Research Scholar in Energy Policy, Columbia University • conversation
Jan. 23, 2023 ~10 min

Research collaboration to examine parent-child learning interactions’ impact on child skill and curiosity

J-PAL North America and the University of Chicago’s Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab will evaluate two approaches to text-based parental engagement programs that motivate two distinct kinds of learning interactions.

J-PAL North America • mit
Jan. 10, 2023 ~5 min

Maya people shopped at places like today’s supermarkets

To buy and sell obsidian, the Maya people used a market economy with far less oversight from their rulers that previously thought.

Will Ferguson-Washington State • futurity
Jan. 6, 2023 ~5 min