How the debt crisis of 2008-09 fueled populist politics

Research shows that in Hungary, debt drove voters to the right, as part of a consequential shift.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 16, 2022 ~8 min

Trouble paying bills can take a heavy toll on fathers' mental health, leading to family conflict

In families that are facing economic insecurity, fathers are more likely to experience depressive symptoms that can lead to conflict.

Joyce Y. Lee, Assistant Professor of Social Work, The Ohio State University • conversation
June 15, 2022 ~5 min


What’s up with the American economy right now?

While it's hard to predict where the US economy is headed, economist Laurence Ball says that he's "getting kind of nervous."

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
June 13, 2022 ~6 min

Biden just declared heat pumps and solar panels essential to national defense – here's why and the challenges ahead

Other presidents used the Defense Production Act to boost fossil fuel supplies. Biden is now using it to boost clean energy. But just ramping up production isn’t enough to succeed.

Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University • conversation
June 10, 2022 ~8 min

Why Biden just declared heat pumps and solar panels essential to national defense

Other presidents used the Defense Production Act to boost fossil fuel supplies. Biden is using it to replace them with clean energy. But just ramping up production isn’t enough.

Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University • conversation
June 10, 2022 ~8 min

Study: Trade can worsen income inequality

Using Ecuador as case study, economists show international trade widens the income gap in individual countries.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 7, 2022 ~9 min

What rigorous evidence has to say about summer youth employment programs

New J-PAL North America publication helps policymakers understand summer programs’ wide-ranging benefits, in such areas as criminal justice involvement, education, and development.

Mera Cronbaugh | J-PAL North America • mit
May 24, 2022 ~6 min

Neoliberalism creates appetite for inequality

Neoliberalism calls for free-market capitalism, regressive taxation, and the elimination of social services. It may also shape people's "souls."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 11, 2022 ~6 min


Springing people from the poverty trap

Field experiment in Bangladesh shows the poor simply lack opportunities to gain wealth — but a one-time boost can make a major difference.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 10, 2022 ~6 min

Study: Immigrants in the U.S. are more likely to start firms, create jobs

Compared to native-born citizens, immigrants are more frequently involved in founding companies at all scales.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 9, 2022 ~6 min

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