Is the COVID-19 pandemic cure really worse than the disease? Here's what our research found

Putting a dollar value on human lives to compare the costs and benefits of stay-at-home orders can have unintended consequences. These researchers found a different way.

Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor in Nursing and Public Health, University of Michigan • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus death economics pandemic social-distancing recession cost-benefit-analysis job-loss value-of-life

COVID-19 will slow the global shift to renewable energy, but can't stop it

The US is gradually shifting to lower-carbon energy sources, but the COVID-19 pandemic, an oil price crash and a likely recession are big speed bumps.

Peter Fox-Penner, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, and Professor of Practice, Questrom School of Business, Boston University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  china  solar-power  fossil-fuels  supply-chains  coronavirus-2020  recession  coal  renewable-energy  wind-energy  oil-prices  energy-transition  electricity-generation

We are entering a recession – but what did we learn from the last one?

While the Great Depression reduced inequality and closed the racial wealth gap, the Great Recession of 2009 did the opposite.

Megan Neely, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University • conversation
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  finance  inequality  economy  money  united-states  race  wall-street  great-depression  recession  great-recession  wealth-gap  racial-wealth-gap

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 • futurity
Dec. 19, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: cities economics jobs recession society-and-culture

Talk of a U.S. recession may be ‘premature’

The Dow Jones Industrial Average took a wild ride last month but one economist thinks that talk of a possible US recession is premature.

Peter Iglinski-Rochester • futurity
Sept. 4, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: politics economy money recession society-and-culture

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