Beyond GDP: changing how we measure progress is key to tackling a world in crisis – three leading experts

Amid the global threats posed by climate change, spiralling energy costs, insecure employment and widening inequality, the need to rethink our notion of progress is now an urgent priority.

Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey • conversation
Aug. 18, 2022 ~34 min

AI offers risk, return goals for big financial portfolios

A new AI program offers specific investment risk and return goals for large-scale portfolios containing hundreds of assets, report researchers.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Aug. 17, 2022 ~4 min

Climate Change Centers Debate on Cutting Consumption

VOA Learning English • voa
Aug. 14, 2022 ~5 min

Expanded access to solar power in Africa can stimulate economic development – but there are risks

Are studies right that expanded access to off-grid solar products has driven economic development in Africa?

Ben Radley, Lecturer in International Development, University of Bath • conversation
Aug. 12, 2022 ~7 min

J-PAL expands evidence-to-policy government partnerships to fight poverty worldwide

In collaboration with Community Jameel and Co-Impact, rigorous research will inform social policies and programs.

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) • mit
Aug. 9, 2022 ~7 min

Measuring the “woodwork effect” in medical insurance

Study: When adults gain access to Medicaid, they sign up their previously unenrolled kids, too — yet many more remain outside the system.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 9, 2022 ~9 min

J-PAL North America launches two partnership opportunities to research social programs

Evaluation Incubators to provide technical assistance, training, funding to help partners design randomized evaluations of housing stability strategies and state and local programs.

Mera Cronbaugh | Laina Sonterblum | J-PAL North America • mit
Aug. 1, 2022 ~8 min

3 reasons US coal power is disappearing – and a Supreme Court ruling won’t save it

An economist explains coal power’s rise and fall in charts.

Rebecca J. Davis, Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance, Stephen F. Austin State University • conversation
July 26, 2022 ~7 min

Economist: Abortion bans have dire economic effects

The greatest burden of abortion restrictions will likely fall on low-income women and minorities, says economist Luigi Pistaferri.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 20, 2022 ~7 min

Review: IT in health care has produced modest changes — so far

Large study of existing research shows incremental improvement in patient outcomes and productivity, without big employment changes.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 18, 2022 ~9 min