Ideas Made to Matter Public Policy

How unemployment benefits spur new business creation

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Data from France shows that unemployment benefits can encourage entrepreneurs to open up new businesses and boost the economy.

Aug 27, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Coronavirus

The cost of uncoordinated responses to COVID-19

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Social distance behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic are influenced by geography and social connectedness, a new study finds.

Aug 4, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Economy

5 ways to stabilize the COVID-19 economy

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Financial experts recommend a second stimulus package, a vaccine timeline, guards against inflation, and other government responses to the crisis.

Jul 27, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Coronavirus

4 unexpected findings about COVID-19 deaths

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Obesity rates, poverty rates, and pollution may not correlate with COVID-19 deaths after all. But public transportation does.

Jul 15, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Economy

Telecommuting exposes fault lines in COVID-19 economy

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New research shows those who can’t work from home bear the brunt of the pandemic’s economic fallout — particularly women with children.

Jun 25, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Climate Change

4 COVID-19 lessons for climate change

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Success and failure from the coronavirus pandemic offer insights on how to fight global warming. Step 1: Begin now.

Jun 22, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Public Policy

How an age-based reopening could save lives

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MIT economists recommend older Americans stay home during COVID-19 pandemic while younger adults return to work sooner.

Jun 9, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Economy

3 policy proposals to bolster the post-lockdown economy

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Financial experts call for more aid to small businesses, more liquidity for banks, penalty-free access to retirement accounts — and a safe return to work.

Jun 3, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Coronavirus

Summer forecast for COVID-19: Some relief, but not enough

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Research finds temperatures above 77 degrees Fahrenheit impede transmission of COVID-19, but not enough to quell the epidemic without other measures.

May 26, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Research

What should reopen first? Data shows the way

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Banks before gyms, colleges before cafes. A new study offers insight into how to slowly reopen businesses.

May 18, 2020
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