The average American household wastes $1,866 of food per year

US households waste about a third of the food they acquire, report economists. That means land, labor, and other resources are going to waste, as well.

Chuck Gill-Penn State | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment consumers economics food money sustainability united-states

Are big tech monopolies ruining American capitalism?

Listen to this podcast to hear an economist explain how big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon are threatening capitalism.

U. Chicago | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture business competition economics facebook google united-states

Hermit crabs may offer insights into wealth inequality

Hermit crabs choose their shells and can ditch old ones for new, better ones. Check out this video to learn what they can show us about wealth inequality.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | Jan. 3, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture crabs economics

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

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

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

Nationwide soda tax would mean $7B in net benefits

Economists considered health, enjoyment, tax revenue, and other factors in their consideration of a nationwide soda tax.

James Devitt-NYU | May 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine consumers economics soft-drinks sugar taxes

Climate change has already worsened economic inequality

"...most of the poorest countries on Earth are considerably poorer than they would have been without global warming."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford | April 23, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change economics money

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