Ariane Lange

Ariane Lange

Reporter, Social Sciences and Business & Economics

Ariane Lange, based in Oakland, California, covers Social Sciences and Business & Economics for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Ariane worked at BuzzFeed News covering gender issues. She is particularly interested in law and structural inequality. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Invasive species such as mosquitoes cost the world a huge amount yearly. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
Invasive species such as mosquitoes cost the world a huge amount yearly. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)Invasive species have cost the world $1.288 trillion at the absolute minimum since 1970, a new analysis has found, and the costs of damages are vastly outstripping the amount of money humans have spent on addressing the problem.

Counter to standard economics, competition seems to drive the price of insulin higher. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Counter to standard economics, competition seems to drive the price of insulin higher. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)Drug companies raised the price of insulin about 10% each time a new type of insulin cleared the third and the final stages toward Food and Drug Administration approval, according to new research that sheds light on a flawed health system.

The weather, not the farmers, is responsible for a bump in agricultural production. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
The weather, not the farmers, is responsible for a bump in agricultural production. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)A team of economists found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been underestimating the role that unusual weather plays in agricultural productivity, thus overestimating the effectiveness of some agricultural policies.

Passion for a hobby might kill your interest in it. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
Passion for a hobby might kill your interest in it. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)As people gain expertise in a subject, they may find themselves becoming more emotionally numb to it, according to a new study of movie, beer and wine reviews and four supporting experiments that has implications for advertisers and aspiring film buffs.

California's emissions regulations are paying dividends. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
California's emissions regulations are paying dividends. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)A study using 24 years of emissions data confirms that California is leading the nation in reducing diesel particulate matter emissions — and the researchers are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to look west for a policy model.

Bronze Age miners had food delivered. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Bronze Age miners had food delivered. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)Researchers have found remains of a Late Bronze Age cereal mush and no evidence of the tools needed to process it, suggesting that 3,000 years ago, specialized workers were having ready-to-cook food delivered to their workplace.

Cheaper downtown housing might be the future of cities. (Unsplash/Xiaolin Zhang)
Cheaper downtown housing might be the future of cities. (Unsplash/Xiaolin Zhang)A rise in telecommuting led to slightly higher wages, lower housing costs in city centers and a 18.9% increase in welfare — at least for the virtual people researchers looked at in a new economics model using real data from the Los Angeles area.

European experts say the U.S. is going about heroin management wrong. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
European experts say the U.S. is going about heroin management wrong. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Heroin prohibition is significantly worse for society than letting companies sell the drug openly on the free market, according to evaluations of potential heroin use policies by an international team of European drug policy experts.

Among the benefits of biodiversity: more oysters! (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Among the benefits of biodiversity: more oysters! (AP Photo/Phil Sears)A multidisciplinary group of researchers say the United Nations failed to foster sustainable food systems that promote biodiversity from 2010 to 2020 and, in a paper released Friday, lay out eight concrete targets for the UN to consider in its post-2020 game plan.

Is it trash or treasure? Maybe both! (Flinders University)
Is it trash or treasure? Maybe both! (Flinders University)The first bone point of its kind discovered in Australia's Lower Murray River since the 1970s is between 3,800 and 5,300 years old, according to research released Tuesday, though the find highlights the lack of prior research into bone tools and other non-stone artifacts in the country.

Earned income credits aren't doing much for health. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
Earned income credits aren't doing much for health. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)Annual state earned income tax credits gave people $265 on average and appeared to have no real effect on recipients' health, according to a recent study in which researchers argue that states should make benefits larger, especially because the COVID-19 pandemic has increased poverty in the U.S.

Papers with diverse authors get cited more. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Papers with diverse authors get cited more. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Two male researchers have found that mixed-gender research teams in economics and management received more citations for their articles than single-gender teams and solo authors, suggesting a link between gender diversity and stronger research.