Natural selection shaped fertility for the industrial era

"The data suggest that over time, nature selected individuals who had a predisposition to invest in their children." The result? Economic growth.

Brown University | April 5, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology society-and-culture canada economics evolution fertility history

Facebook is free, but should it count toward GDP anyway?

Study measures how much free online goods are worth to consumers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | March 26, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: sloan-school-of-management economics business-and-management technology-and-society innovation research social-sciences

Study: Democracy fosters economic growth

Researchers find vast gains in productivity after countries democratize.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | March 7, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences economics policial-science politics social-sciences development developing-countries research

Q&A: Why cities aren’t working for the working class

Professor David Autor’s latest research shows how economic polarization stems from urban job loss.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Feb. 20, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: sciences economics labor social-sciences research policy faculty

The future of well-being isn’t about money

Money doesn't matter as much as things like freedom, fairness, and social support for future well-being, report researchers.

Justin Dupuis-McGill | Feb. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture economics emotions government happiness money well-being

A little digital piracy boosts the bottom line

A little bit of piracy can actually help manufacturers, retailers, and consumers, even when the pirated product is a show like Game of Thrones.

George Vlahakis-Indiana | Feb. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business consumers crimes economics manufacturing retail television

Study evaluates China’s progress in establishing accounting measures to reinforce its Paris pledge

Firms learn from experience in the measurement, reporting, and verification of carbon emissions under China’s emissions trading systems.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | Feb. 1, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: research climate-change emissions china climate environment energy economics policy government carbon-dioxide international-initiatives global sloan-school-of-management joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Economic justice was always part of MLK Jr.’s message

As we near the anniversary of his death, a new book focuses on the message of economic justice Martin Luther King Jr. shared during his life.

Peter Kelley-U. Washington | Jan. 20, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture economics education history jobs money protests

Severe air pollution cuts productivity at work

"Working in a highly polluted setting for long periods of time could affect your mood or disposition to work."

National University of Singapore | Jan. 10, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture china economics pollution workplaces

How different types of knowledge impact the growth of new firms

Study explores the micromechanisms underlying regional economic diversification.

Helen Knight | MIT Media Lab | Dec. 20, 2018 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: school-of-architecture-and-planning media-lab collaboration innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie economics industry research business-and-management

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