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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Ideas Made to Matter Behavioral Science

A checklist for COVID-19 public health messaging

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Useful coronavirus public health messages are clear and concise, emphasize the public good, and create the impression that others expect compliance.

May 8, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Economy

5 bold ideas for an economic restart

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Rent relief, corporate climate activism, labor rights, and income inequality are all on the docket post-COVID-19 lockdown.

May 7, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Government

In hard hit areas, fewer PPP loans for small businesses

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New research finds 15% of businesses in areas most affected by shutdowns got loans. Elsewhere, it was 30%.

May 6, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Coronavirus

For successful self-isolation, internet speed matters

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Research finds people with access to high-speed internet can better self-isolate, particularly reinforcing the wealthy’s ability to social distance.

Apr 17, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Economy

Social distancing now helps the local economy later

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Public health interventions do not depress the economy, says a new study based on data from the 1918 flu outbreak.

Apr 6, 2020
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Ideas Made to Matter Operations Management

4 urgent problems telemedicine can solve right now

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Hospitals are becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. Here are four ways telemedicine can remake the triage process to better manage patient flow.

Mar 25, 2020
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