History says tariffs rarely work, but Biden’s 100% tariffs on Chinese EVs could defy the trend

The early timing of Biden’s move, changing supply chains and national security fears suggest the tariffs might work this time, at least for a while.

Tinglong Dai, Bernard T. Ferrari Professor of Business, Johns Hopkins University • conversation
May 17, 2024 ~9 min

Why cheap renewables are stalling

Plus, a better way to decarbonise the power sector.

Jack Marley, Environment + Energy Editor, UK edition • conversation
May 15, 2024 ~7 min

Weather risk can move markets months in advance: Stock traders pay attention to these 2 long-range climate forecasts

Option price swings show how much traders believe seasonal climate and weather matters for all sorts of industries, not just the ones you might expect.

Derek Lemoine, Professor of Economics, University of Arizona • conversation
May 14, 2024 ~8 min

New York City greenlights congestion pricing – here’s how this toll plan is expected to improve traffic, air quality and public transit

One more reason not to drive into midtown Manhattan: Soon it will cost an extra $15 as New York City launches its long-debated congestion pricing system.

John Rennie Short, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
April 10, 2024 ~9 min

Daniel Kahneman changed how we think about human nature – the psychologist remembered by a former student

Remembering his immense contributions to psychology and economics.

Daniel Read, Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick • conversation
April 2, 2024 ~7 min

Characterizing social networks

A new method to measure homophily in large group interactions offers insights into how groups might interact in the future.

Stephanie Martinovich | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
April 2, 2024 ~6 min

Most work is new work, long-term study of U.S. census data shows

The majority of U.S. jobs are in occupations that have emerged since 1940, MIT research finds — telling us much about the ways jobs are created and lost.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
April 1, 2024 ~9 min

Does technology help or hurt employment?

Combing through 35,000 job categories in U.S. census data, economists found a new way to quantify technology’s effects on job loss and creation.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
April 1, 2024 ~8 min

Is it the school, or the students?

Study shows perceptions of “good” schools are heavily dependent on the preparation of the students entering them.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
March 28, 2024 ~7 min

California is wrestling with electricity prices – here’s how to design a system that covers the cost of fixing the grid while keeping prices fair

California is considering a controversial proposal for utilities to charge customers for electricity based partly on household income. Two scholars explain how this approach could benefit everyone.

Andrew L. Liu, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
March 21, 2024 ~10 min