An energy revolution is possible – but only if leaders get imaginative about how to fund it

Providing government subsidies for emerging clean technologies could unlock their transformative potential.

Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change, UCL • conversation
Jan. 19, 2022 ~5 min

Pricing carbon, valuing people

New research suggests ways to optimize US climate policy design for a just energy transition.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Jan. 12, 2022 ~6 min

Scarcity may not drive demand for vaccines

The initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines was limited. It seemed like an opportunity to test if vaccine scarcity drives demand.

Rachel Cramer-Iowa State • futurity
Dec. 29, 2021 ~7 min

A “big push” to lift people out of poverty

MIT field experiment from India finds a one-time economic boost helps the very poor fare better for at least a decade.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2021 ~7 min

NFT explosion: Why are people buying digital art?

Built on the same technology as Bitcoin, NFTs have been a hot topic in 2021. Let experts explain the technology's wild rise.

U. Zurich • futurity
Dec. 15, 2021 ~11 min

GDP ignores the environment: why it's time for a more sustainable growth metric

Radical new thinking is required to fight climate change, and ‘gross ecosystem product’ might help.

Stephen Onakuse, Senior Lecturer, Department of Food Business and Development, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods, University College Cork • conversation
Dec. 13, 2021 ~6 min

Q&A: David Autor on the long afterlife of the “China shock”

MIT economist’s new research shows U.S. locales hammered by open trade with China have not rebounded, even a decade or more later.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 6, 2021 ~9 min

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