How much does infrastructure boost an economy? | MIT News

MIT economist’s historical study details how railroads helped India trade and grow.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
April 26, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  development  history  economics  social-sciences  india  research  transportation  trade  school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Using data science to improve public policy | MIT News

MIT Policy Hackathon, run by students within MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, seeks interdisciplinary solutions to societal challenges.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
April 23, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  cybersecurity  policy  health-care  data  social-sciences  transportation  government  students  graduate-postdoctoral  school-of-engineering  special-events-and-guest-speakers  collaboration  idss  hackathon  analytics  technology-and-policy

Parag Pathak wins John Bates Clark Medal | MIT News

MIT economist lauded for work on education, market-design mechanisms.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
April 20, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  economics  social-sciences  behavioral-economics  awards-honors-and-fellowships  education-teaching-academics  school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences  faculty  game-theory

How often do medical problems lead to bankruptcy? | MIT News

Poor health is a less common cause of bankruptcy than commonly thought, but it brings other economic woes, study finds.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 21, 2018 ~6 min

Tags:  health  medicine  economics  policy  health-care  social-sciences  research  school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences  shass

Conference advances use of data and evaluation in policymaking | MIT News

Government leaders, social service providers, and leading scholars gathered for the second conference of J-PAL North America’s State and Local Innovation Initiative.

J-PAL North America • mit
March 7, 2018 ~5 min

Tags:  cities  poverty  economics  policy  data  social-sciences  research  government  school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences  political-science  shass  abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal

Mens et Manus America panelists analyze U.S. immigration policy | MIT News

Experts cite immigration as engine of U.S. success, lament human damage done by current policies, and see signs of hope.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
Feb. 21, 2018 ~9 min

Tags:  policy  immigration  social-sciences  government  diversity-and-inclusion  special-events-and-guest-speakers  school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences  sloan-school-of-management  shass

The writing on the wall | MIT News

Did humans speak through cave art? New paper links ancient drawings and language’s origins.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 21, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  linguistics  art  social-sciences  research  school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences  shass

Ouch: Study reveals financial pain after hospitalization | MIT News

Serious medical problems reduce earnings, hurt employment, and increase debt.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 20, 2018 ~8 min

Tags:  health  medicine  economics  policy  health-care  social-sciences  research  school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences  shass

Political Methodology Lab to dig deep into new kinds of data | MIT News

Founder Teppei Yamamoto designs new tools to comprehend political behavior transformed by digital technology.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Feb. 15, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  social-media  politics  big-data  policy  social-sciences  research  government  behavior  democracy  technology-and-society  political-science  shass  voting-and-elections

When numbers started counting | MIT News

New book by MIT assistant professor chronicles the birth of statistical arguments in public debate.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 5, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  finance  politics  history  statistics  data  social-sciences  research  faculty  humanities  books-and-authors  program-in-sts  shass

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