Border walls are terrible for global trade

A look at the material consequences of border walls around the world reveals their impact on global trade.

Jack Wang- U. Chicago
Jan. 2, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: society-and-culture economics government immigration migration

When auto assembly plants close, opioid deaths rise

The closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to increases in deaths from opioid overdose, research finds.

Katie Delach-Penn
Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: featured health-and-medicine death economics jobs opioids overdose united-states

Tracking emissions in China

Evaluating a 2014 policy change yields some good news and some concerns.

Nancy Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative
Dec. 30, 2019 | mit

~13 mins

Tags: mit-energy-initiative sloan-school-of-management energy china emissions economics policy pollution research government business-and-management

Jobs that need people skills are the most recession-proof

Jobs that focus on cognitive and people skills are more resistant to economic recession than jobs that rely on physical skills—and bounce back more quickly.

Jennifer French Giarratano-Georgia State
Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: society-and-culture cities economics jobs recession

The uncertain role of natural gas in the transition to clean energy

MIT study finds that challenges in measuring and mitigating leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, prove pivotal.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
Dec. 16, 2019 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: idss research solar energy renewable-energy alternative-energy climate-change technology-and-society oil-and-gas economics policy mit-energy-initiative emissions sustainability esi greenhouse-gases

New health insurance insights

MIT economists analyze how patients and health care providers value Medicaid.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office
Dec. 15, 2019 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences economics health medicine national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf health-care research

Taking the carbon out of construction with engineered wood

Substituting lumber for materials such as cement and steel could cut building emissions and costs.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
Dec. 11, 2019 | mit

~4 mins

Tags: research climate-change greenhouse-gases emissions climate environment energy economics policy carbon-dioxide building sustainability materials-science-and-engineering cement joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Young and old are split on America’s greatest issues

Young or old, Republican or Democrat, Americans disagree about a lot, a new poll finds. They agree on one thing, though: Not trusting the government.

Jill Kimball-Brown
Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: society-and-culture beliefs economics politics united-states

Leaders with economics know-how drive faster GDP growth

Politicians with an education in economics spur economies to grow faster than leaders without one, research shows.

Joseph Paul-Purdue
Dec. 1, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: society-and-culture economics elections gross-domestic-product leaders money


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