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Statistical Ideas: Volatility in motion

July 13, 2015

Views on volatility are often only within recent context, causing sometimes influential advisers and investment banks to misguidedly extrapolate…
Sitting in a Bathtub of Traffic

June 5, 2015

What do rush-hour traffic and a bathtub have in common? In a study published in ACCESS Magazine, UC…
Are ethnically diverse markets better suited to avoid price bubbles?

December 31, 2014

Ethnic homogeneity can increase the possibility of economic bubbles. This is the primary result of the new study…
Study: business culture encourages dishonesty in banking sector

December 15, 2014

After each financial crisis bankers were often accused of their dishonesty. However, no scientific study showing that individuals…
Earnings show less for left-handed, says study

December 8, 2014

Much has been thrown at left-handed people—they are quick to anger, quickly scared and, with the exception of…
Are larger municipalities economically efficient?

November 24, 2014

What is the best size of good political system? Probably, no single study can single-handedly answer this difficult…
Nobel laureate promotes economic model to avoid crisis

November 3, 2014

Although financial markets around the world have recovered since the 2008 collapse, additional steps are needed to prevent…
How markets influence social responsibility?

October 20, 2014

It is frequently argued that markets erode social responsibility. Bad working conditions, environmental pollution and inequality are often…
Behavioral studies suggest that humans cooperate more than assumed by economists

October 20, 2014

Human ability to cooperate can be startling. From a seemingly natural instinct to help each other among friends,…
Jean Tirole wins Nobel Prize in economic sciences

October 14, 2014

Jean Tirole PhD ’81, a scholar whose longstanding ties to MIT include service on the economics faculty from…
Interplay between trade and conflict is more complex than thought before

October 13, 2014

Theories explaining the relationship between interstate conflicts and international trade usually focus on economic exchanges between countries which…
Economist finds formula for the ‘perfect ask’ in online fundraising

October 10, 2014

Going it alone and setting targets are part of the ‘perfect ask’ fundraising formula to generate the most online…
Could inexpensive, employee-driven business experiments help drive innovation?

October 8, 2014

When it comes to prescription drugs, patient “compliance” is a concern: Are people, especially the elderly, taking their…
Why do poor people remain poor?

October 6, 2014

Economically disadvantaged individuals living in highly unequal societies are trapped in a vicious circle: they remain poor, because…
New evidence suggests that democracy does cause economic growth

September 15, 2014

What is the relation between democracies and GDP growth? More and more opinion leaders inspired by a long-lasting…
Growing up poor affects behavior under economic uncertainty: people from poor families become impulsive

August 25, 2014

American scientists reveal that behavior under economic uncertainty is linked to a childhood environment. Interestingly, people coming from…
Fast urbanization does not boost economy, study shows

August 7, 2014

World became more urbanized over the last three decades. Expanding urban areas helped to boost local economies. Many…
Study: People from poor neighbourhoods remain in poor neighbourhoods?

July 28, 2014

Previous research reveals that social and economic inequalities transmitted from generation to generation. This issue is receiving more…
Systems will be gamed whenever they can be, economist says

July 15, 2014

Economists and other social scientists often joke that given a system, people will eventually find a way to…
Neuroeconomists Confirm Warren Buffett’s Wisdom

July 8, 2014

Investment magnate Warren Buffett has famously suggested that investors should try to “be fearful when others are greedy…
Social services are economically efficient, study shows

June 17, 2014

What is the influence of various social services on our economy? Unfortunately, consensus on this difficult question is…
Trade alliances strengthen democracies, study shows

June 6, 2014

Mark S. Manger and Mark A. Pickup explored possible causal relationships between economic alliances and democratic regimes. They…
MIT economist aims to move the inequality discussion beyond the “1 percent”

May 23, 2014

Today’s wealth gap does not just exist between the richest 1 percent of the population and everyone else;…
Shift to service economy increased economic inequality, scientists claim

May 9, 2014

Rising economic disparity in Western countries is probably one of the most discussed social issues today.  This well…
MIT anthropologist Susan Silbey illuminates path to commonsense regulation

May 7, 2014

Regulations control virtually every aspect of American life, including food production, workplace safety, automotive emissions, and home construction. Yet,…
How ‘dark pools’ can help public stock markets

February 4, 2014

A “dark pool” may sound like a mysterious water source or an untapped oil well. In reality, it’s…
Another Yale Nobel: Robert Shiller

October 15, 2013

Robert J. Shiller, the Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University, has been awarded a Nobel Prize in…
Economists find in large groups, money facilitates cooperation

August 28, 2013

Early human societies consisted of small, tight-knit groups of individuals who knew each other. Members probably cooperated with…
Property bubble? That’s the theory, anyway

August 9, 2013

As Australian housing prices have boomed over the last decade and a half, there has been much discussion…
How anti-poverty programs go viral

July 26, 2013

Anti-poverty researchers and policymakers often wrestle with a basic problem: How can they get people to participate in…
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