Spilled milk explains why we have economic downturns

New research connects economics and physics to get at why we have regular economic downturns—and how they're a lot like milk spilling on the floor.

Duke University
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology economics milk money physics

Tropical nations aren’t ready for fish stocks to vanish

As climate change drives huge changes in fish stocks around the world, the nations that rely on them could be in serious trouble.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 25, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change economics fish fisheries north-africa oceans sustainability

Extreme weather could push the U.S. into recession

Financial markets aren't taking into account the effects extreme weather and climate change could have on the future of the economy, a researcher warns.

Karen Nikos-UC Davis
Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture climate-change economics money natural-disasters weather

Has greater workplace equality sparked economic growth?

In 1960, 94% of doctors and lawyers were white men. In 2010, just 60%. Here's why researchers attribute major economic growth to that shift.

Jan. 30, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture discrimination economics gender jobs money race-and-ethnicity united-states

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

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