Study: Automation drives income inequality

New data suggest most of the growth in the wage gap since 1980 comes from automation displacing less-educated workers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Nov. 21, 2022 ~8 min

The inconvenient truth of Herman Daly: There is no economy without environment

With a square and a circle, the father of ecological economics and a founding architect of sustainable development redrew our understanding of the economy. It was revolutionary.

Jon D. Erickson, Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, University of Vermont • conversation
Nov. 10, 2022 ~9 min

What long-term economic stagnation means for climate change

Decarbonisation is not impossible, but it will be difficult to achieve through capitalism.

Jack Copley, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, Durham University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2022 ~7 min

Smart meters and dynamic pricing can help consumers use electricity when it's less costly, saving money and reducing pollution

Most households pay a flat rate 24/7 for electricity although the cost of generating it fluctuates through the day. Wireless technologies are changing that system.

Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California • conversation
Oct. 18, 2022 ~10 min

Fracking: the simple test for whether it should happen in the UK

Fracking in the UK has a difficult history – economic theory suggests that whether fracking should occur is a simple case of consent and compensation.

Renaud Foucart, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University • conversation
Oct. 4, 2022 ~6 min

Is the pandemic over? We asked an economist, an education expert and a public health scholar their views

President Joe Biden’s suggestion that the COVID-19 pandemic is over has led to a backlash among some experts who suggest the comment is premature – and counterproductive.

Wayne Au, Professor of Education, University of Washington, Bothell • conversation
Sept. 21, 2022 ~7 min

Female market vendors defy economics theory

Women traders were more successful than men in Kurmasi Central Market in Ghana but did not pursue a place in the formal economy. Why?

Olivia Hall-Syracuse • futurity
Sept. 13, 2022 ~6 min

Could blockchain help track outbreaks like E. coli in spinach?

Are new technologies like blockchain like good ways to trace foods through their supply chain during food contamination outbreaks? New research challenges that idea.

Dan Bernardi-Syracuse • futurity
Sept. 6, 2022 ~6 min

Tipping the balance between global rivals

John David Minnich seeks to understand how trade policies fueled China’s rise and continue to determine geopolitical winners and losers.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Aug. 29, 2022 ~8 min

Economist: Inflation math can make things seem worse

Focusing on the annual rate of change, rather than month-to-month inflation changes, distorts the economic reality and makes a bad situation look worse, says economist John Horn.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 18, 2022 ~9 min