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.
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.
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.
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."
Three from MIT Economics speak at Restud Tour 2020-21
Three from MIT Economics speak at Restud Tour 2020-21
PhD candidates Allan Hsiao, Carolyn Stein, and Masao Fukui were among seven students selected to speak at the 2021 Review of Economic Studies May Meetings. The annual Restud Tour is an opportunity for some of the world's most promising doctoral students in economics and finance to present their research to audiences in Europe. Incoming assistant professors Ian Ball and Nina Roussille were also among the presenters at this year's double tour, which featured speakers from 2020 and 2021.
Staff recognized with Infinite Mile Awards from MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Staff recognized with Infinite Mile Awards from MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Three from MIT Economics- Eryn Heying (SEII), Deborah Jamiol, and Sarah Orzalli (J-PAL North America)- have been named winners of 2021 Infinite Mile Awards from MIT SHASS, in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the Department, School, and Institute. Heying, Jamiol, Orzalli, and J-PAL Global's Brittany Bradley, winner of a 2020 Infinite Mile Award, were recognized at a virtual awards celebration hosted by MIT SHASS on July 14.
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