Helping consumers in a crisis

“Quantitative easing” program let households spend more during the last recession. Could it work again?

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: finance business covid-19 economics pandemic policy research sloan-school-of-management

State-level R&D tax credits spur growth of new businesses

Study also finds tax breaks for general business investment have slightly negative effect on innovation.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: startups economics policy research government innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie sloan-school-of-management business-and-management

Opinion: the learning of scientific advisers is the other curve to consider

Policymakers around the world are relying on the expertise of scientists to help make decisions around the COVID-19 pandemic. But how do scientists learn to advise policymakers? Noam Obermeister from Cambridge’s Department of Geography argues that this has been overlooked in the past, and suggests how studying their learning might help us prepare for future emergencies.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus policy government policymaker

Coronavirus deaths in San Francisco vs. New York: What causes such big differences in cities' tolls?

Why one city suffers significantly more deaths than another isn't always obvious. A simple experiment shows how failing to consider certain factors can point policy makers in the wrong direction.

Brian W. Whitcomb, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health cities covid-19 coronavirus politics policy statistics data population modeling health-policy

How often do vaccine trials hit paydirt?

Study: Vaccines find more success in development than any other kind of drug, but have been relatively neglected in recent decades.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: medicine public-health covid-19 industry pandemic policy health-care antibiotics vaccines research government drug-development innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie sloan-school-of-management business-and-management

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus politics policy spain italy social-distancing viruses united-states germany mortality democracy countries



Coronavirus: record ethnicity on all death certificates to start building a clearer picture

Coronavirus is hitting some communities harder than others. But a lack of very basic data categorisation means it's difficult for the UK government to tailor its response.

Olivia Stevenson, Head of Public Policy, UCL • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  policy  data  policymaking  intersectionality  bame

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