The urge to punish is not only about revenge – unfairness can unleash it, too

Unfairness alone is upsetting enough to drive people to punish lucky recipients of unfair outcomes.

Paul Deutchman, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~6 min

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J-PAL North America launches research initiative to focus on Covid-19 recovery

The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze evidence-based policy solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Caroline Garau | J-PAL North America • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~4 min

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Nobel prize-winning economics of climate change is misleading and dangerous – here's why

This celebrated research gives governments a reason to give climate change a low priority, but is based on spurious empirical data.

Steve Keen, Honorary Professor of Economics, UCL • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~7 min

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‘Underwater’ mortgages sap earnings and mobility

New big-data research connects "underwater" mortgages from the 2007-08 recession with people's stagnant earnings and inability to move.

Chuck Finder-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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Economic hardship from COVID-19 will hit minority seniors the most

New data shows the Great Recession hurt older, poorer Blacks and Hispanics the most. The pandemic downturn is likely to be even worse for them.

Jane Tavares, Research Fellow, LeadingAge LTSS Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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'Morality pills' may be the US's best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist

Rather than a vaccine to beef up your immune system, a psychoactive substance could boost your cooperative, pro-social behavior – curtailing the selfish actions that spur on coronavirus's spread.

Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law, Western Michigan University • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

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Experts: Better COVID-19 testing is still vital to ‘reopening’

There's no pandemic "silver bullet", but COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, masks, and vaccine development are key to going back to school or the office.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~4 min

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Avalanches inspire tool to predict ‘black swan’ events

By looking systems in which things suddenly go very wrong, researchers created a tool that could help predict the next gigantic global disaster.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Avalanches inspire tool to predict ‘black swan’ events

Looking at systems where things go very wrong suddenly, researchers have created a tool that could help predict the next gigantic global disaster.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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Treating children for worms yields health and financial gains

A 20-year study of Kenyan schoolchildren who receive sustained treatment against common parasitic infections grow up to achieve a higher standard of living, with long-lasting health and economic benefits that extend to their communities.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~9 min

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