MIT News: A sleep study's eye-opening findings
MIT News: A sleep study's eye-opening findings
In a new study of working poor in Chennai, India, Gary Loveman Career Development Associate Professor Frank Schilbach, recent PhD graduate Pedro Bessone, and co-authors find no measurable benefits for workers who sleep more at night, but increased productivity, psychological well-being, and cognition for those who take short afternoon naps at the workplace. The results could be due to the myriad adverse nighttime sleeping conditions faced by working poor in Chennai, and suggest that improving quality of sleep may matter more than increasing quantity.
Andre Medeiros Sztutman named Accenture Fellow
Andre Medeiros Sztutman named Accenture Fellow
Economics PhD candidate Andre Medeiros Sztutman is one of five MIT recipients of the inaugural Accenture Fellows program, awarded to graduate students whose research has the potential to advance industry convergence through technology and innovation. Sztutman's work focuses on the development of tools for tackling adverse selection in insurance markets, contributing to the convergence of gig platforms, reporting agencies, and the insurance business.
Daron Acemoglu: The AI we should fear is already here
Daron Acemoglu: The AI we should fear is already here
Alarm over the rise of artificial intelligence often focuses on the notion of super-intelligent machines run amok at some point in the distant future. Writing in The Washington Post, Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu highlights the ominous effects of today's AI, which is already displacing workers, reproducing biases and inequities in the criminal justice system, and hampering the functioning of modern democracies by enabling governments and corporations to monitor and manipulate the behaviors of millions of people.
MIT News: Study finds physicians are widely effective messengers of Covid-19 information
MIT News: Study finds physicians are widely effective messengers of Covid-19 information
Results of a randomized clinical evaluation co-authored by Professors Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Ben Olken and PhD candidates Mohit Karnani and Pierre-Luc Vautrey suggest that people of all races and political affiliations can be influenced with accurate and clear information conveyed by physicians and other trusted experts.
3 Questions: James Poterba on making infrastructure pay off
3 Questions: James Poterba on making infrastructure pay off
In conversation with MIT News, Mitsui Professor of Economics James Poterba discusses a new paper "Economic Perspectives on Infrastructure Investment," co-authored with Harvard Economist Edward Glaeser. The work surveys economic aspects of infrastructure investment in the U.S., finding overlooked value in repairs, upgrades, and user fees to help fund projects.
Financial Times Economists Exchange: Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee
Financial Times Economists Exchange: Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee
Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo reflect on what the pandemic has revealed about the "plumbing" of economic systems around the world, the dangers of inaction over climate change, and the state of the economics profession itself.
Anna Mikusheva receives 2021 Teaching With Digital Technology Award
Anna Mikusheva receives 2021 Teaching With Digital Technology Award
Professor Anna Mikusheva has been honored with a 2021 Teaching With Digital Technology Award. Co-sponsored by MIT Open Learning and the Office of the Vice Chancellor, the awards recognize excellence in digital teaching for both online and hybrid classes.
MIT News: Jonathan Gruber honored with 2021 MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning
MIT News: Jonathan Gruber honored with 2021 MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning
Ford Professor of Economics Jonathan Gruber has received a 2021 MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Gruber was recognized for his AP Microeconomics course (14.01x), which uses MIT materials geared toward high school learners to help them prepare for the College Board exam.
Amy Finkelstein: Why Cash Is Better Than Expanded Health Insurance for the Poor
Amy Finkelstein: Why Cash Is Better Than Expanded Health Insurance for the Poor
Writing in The New York Times, John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics Amy Finkelstein considers the effectiveness of direct cash transfers for low-income Americans, as compared to additional government spending on health insurance. Though both interventions provide critical assistance for recipients, Finkelstein argues that, if forced to make trade-offs, policy makers can do more to help the poor by prioritizing cash transfers.
Sara Fisher Ellison and Daniel Clark honored with Levitan Teaching Awards
Sara Fisher Ellison and Daniel Clark honored with Levitan Teaching Awards
Senior Lecturer Sara Ellison and PhD candidate Daniel Clark have been honored with SHASS Levitan Teaching Awards for their excellence in academic instruction and leadership. Student nominators noted Ellison's ability to cultivate a supportive and engaging environment for undergraduates tackling challenging course material, and Clark's willingness to thoughtfully and thoroughly convey complex content as a Teaching Assistant in graduate-level microeconomics.
The Power of Pre-K: Parag Pathak and colleagues on the long-term effects of universal preschool
The Power of Pre-K: Parag Pathak and colleagues on the long-term effects of universal preschool
New research by Class of 1922 Professor of Economics Parag Pathak, along with Guthrie Gray-Lobe and Christopher Walters, provides important insights on the long-term effects of universal preschool. Studying Boston's public preschool program, Pathak and his coauthors find that, while preschool enrollment has little impact on standardized test scores, it improves short-term behavioral outcomes and ultimately boosts college attendance, SAT test-taking, and high school graduation.
Claire Lazar Reich named 2021 Knight-Hennessy Scholar
Claire Lazar Reich named 2021 Knight-Hennessy Scholar
Claire Lazar Reich is among six MIT affiliates selected for the newest cohort of the prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, which funds graduate studies at Stanford University. Lazar Reich graduated MIT with a bachelor of science in mathematics and will receive a joint PhD in economics and statistics this year. She is going on to pursue a JD at Stanford Law School and "aspires to use her legal education to contribute to financial regulation and technology law."
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