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

Study finds workers misjudge wage markets

Employees underestimate salary levels in their own industry, leading them to spend less time exploring the job market.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
March 14, 2024 ~7 min

Buyouts can bring relief from medical debt, but they’re far from a cure

Local governments are increasingly buying – and forgiving – their residents’ medical debt.

Erin Duffy, Research Scientist, University of Southern California • conversation
March 13, 2024 ~8 min

Asthma meds have become shockingly unaffordable − but relief may be on the way

An inhaler that costs nearly $300 in the US goes for just $9 in Germany. What gives?

Ana Santos Rutschman, Professor of Law, Villanova School of Law • conversation
March 8, 2024 ~7 min

The true cost of food is far higher than what you spend at the checkout counter

A new UN report finds that the true global cost of producing food is $12.7 trillion more than consumers pay at the checkout counter. We pay those uncounted costs in other ways.

Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State University • conversation
Feb. 28, 2024 ~10 min

MIT researchers map the energy transition’s effects on jobs

A county-by-county study shows where the U.S. job market will evolve most during the move to clean energy.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Feb. 5, 2024 ~7 min