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

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

3 Questions: Greg Britten on how marine life can recover by 2050

Committing to aggressive conservation efforts could rebuild ocean habitats and species populations in a few decades.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS • mit
April 3, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change environment climate pollution policy ecology graduate research government computational-biology school-of-science 3-questions oceanography-and-ocean-engineering eaps postdoctoral


Study: State-level adoption of renewable energy standards saves money and lives

MIT researchers review renewable energy and carbon pricing policies as states consider repealing or relaxing renewable portfolio standards.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Jan. 22, 2020 ~13 min

Tags: solar policy emissions research government renewable-energy wind school-of-engineering school-of-science idss mit-energy-initiative eaps alternative-energy joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Study uses physics to explain democratic elections

U.S. elections have become more “unstable,” sometimes swinging in the opposite direction from the greater electorate’s preferences.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics politics social-sciences research government school-of-science political-science voting-and-elections

Tracking emissions in China

Evaluating a 2014 policy change yields some good news and some concerns.

Nancy Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 30, 2019 ~13 min

Tags: energy pollution china economics policy emissions research government sloan-school-of-management business-and-management mit-energy-initiative

J-PAL North America announces five new partnerships with state and local governments

New partners will work with J-PAL to develop rigorous evaluations of policies related to criminal justice, health, housing stability, and economic security.

J-PAL North America • mit
Oct. 28, 2019 ~11 min

Tags: poverty funding economics policy research government school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal

What makes for better bureaucracy?

Political science PhD candidates Guillermo Toral and Tugba Bozcaga find that government-appointed officials deliver the goods — given the right circumstances.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science • mit
Oct. 21, 2019 ~10 min

Tags: international-development graduate research government students school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science postdoctoral


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