Mesoamerican copper smelting technology aided colonial weaponry

Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have found.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: history social-sciences latin-america research metals mexico school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse

Why are workers getting smaller pieces of the pie?

Market concentration in the form of “superstar” firms has been lowering labor’s share of GDP in recent decades, a new study finds.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: economics social-sciences research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences sloan-school-of-management business-and-management national-science-foundation-nsf

The case for economics — by the numbers

A multidecade study shows economics increasingly overlaps with other disciplines, and has become more empirical in nature.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 3, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: economics social-sciences history-of-science research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences sloan-school-of-management

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

Investigating the power of group think

Political science doctoral student Clara Vandeweerdt studies how identity shapes beliefs on complex political topics such as climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science • mit
Nov. 7, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: politics media graduate social-sciences research behavior students media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science science-communications postdoctoral

Public opinion study in Europe shows drop in anti-immigration sentiment, among other changes

Surveys spanning recent decades also reveal geographic differences and gender gap in economic views.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 16, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: policy women immigration europe social-sciences research government alumniae school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science

The (evolving) art of war

In new book, political scientist Taylor Fravel uncovers the modern history of Chinese military strategy.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 8, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: china social-sciences research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty political-science books-and-authors international-relations sciences

Facebook is free, but should it count toward GDP anyway?

Study measures how much free online goods are worth to consumers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 26, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: innovation economics social-sciences research sloan-school-of-management technology-and-society business-and-management

Special effects: How a movie could reduce corruption

A film and texting campaign can increase anticorruption reports from citizens, study shows.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 13, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: africa politics social-sciences research government nigeria sloan-school-of-management

Study: Democracy fosters economic growth

Researchers find vast gains in productivity after countries democratize.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 7, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: politics development economics social-sciences research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences developing-countries policial-science

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