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

To cut emissions, value each human’s wellbeing equally

A new study argues for a utilitarian approach to curbing carbon emissions, one that focuses on well-being rather than GDP.

Michelle Edelstein-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 14, 2021 ~7 min

Exposure of faked dishonesty study makes me proud to be a behavioural scientist

Some thought Dan Ariely’s faked data study might be a blow to behavioural science, but actually its exposure shows how behavioural scientists are rooting out false research.

David Comerford, Senior Lecturer of Economics and Behavioural Science, University of Stirling • conversation
Sept. 8, 2021 ~7 min

The next attack on the Affordable Care Act may cost you free preventive health care

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many preventive health services, including cancer screenings and vaccines, to be free of charge. But legal challenges may lead to costly repercussions for patients.

Alex Hoagland, PhD Candidate in Health Economics, Boston University • conversation
Sept. 7, 2021 ~9 min