Green policies may spur growth, refuting earlier conventional wisdom on the matter. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Green policies may spur growth, refuting earlier conventional wisdom on the matter. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)Environmental regulation can in fact increase worker productivity and overall capital accumulation, according to new research from Italian economists, with green taxes having the largest potential effect on productivity.

Community property laws may decrease domestic violence incidents. (Unsplash/Adam Bouse)
Community property laws may decrease domestic violence incidents. (Unsplash/Adam Bouse)Three economists have proposed a new theoretical framework that may help researchers understand the connection between domestic violence and property ownership — and design policies to reduce abuse.

Reports of sexual harassment can hit a company's bottom line. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Reports of sexual harassment can hit a company's bottom line. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)Reports of workplace sexual harassment lead to an average 1.5% decrease in a company’s market value in the days after they’re made public, with the effect “considerably amplified” by a CEO being involved, a higher amount of news coverage and an increased number of accusers, according to new research.

Welfare and other programs don't make citizens love iron-fisted regimes any more. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Welfare and other programs don't make citizens love iron-fisted regimes any more. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Pensions and other social safety nets are unlikely to improve citizens’ attitudes toward historically violent regimes, recent research found, adding new empirical insights to a growing scholarly debate over whether such programs can indeed boost a government’s political support.

Women became the victims of domestic violence more often during the pandemic lockdown. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Women became the victims of domestic violence more often during the pandemic lockdown. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Domestic violence against women surged by 23% during Spain’s first lockdown at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, according to a new study using data from the country.

Sports stadiums don't do much for the areas in which they're built. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
Sports stadiums don't do much for the areas in which they're built. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Despite sports teams and public officials touting the economic benefits of professional sports and new stadiums, neither major nor minor league teams generate substantial economic development for their metro areas, according to recent research in the Journal of Sports Economics.

More Boeing planes led to bigger social media flaying in the wake of the 737-Max disasters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
More Boeing planes led to bigger social media flaying in the wake of the 737-Max disasters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)Airlines with more Boeing planes in their fleets suffered serious reputational damage that negatively impacted their share prices in contrast to their more diversified competitors as information about two high-profile crashes involving the Boeing 737-Max spread rapidly on social media, according to new research by economists in the U.K. and Ireland.

The usual way of counting things may make the U.S.-China trade deficit look too large. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The usual way of counting things may make the U.S.-China trade deficit look too large. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Statistics used to measure trade surpluses and deficits between countries are outdated and not useful in the modern-day economy, leading to exaggerated trade balances that don’t properly reflect how products are manufactured in the 21st century, according to new research from a Tokyo-based economist.

Last April's stimulus didn't alleviate economic stress among Latino families. (Unsplash/Omar Lopez)
Last April's stimulus didn't alleviate economic stress among Latino families. (Unsplash/Omar Lopez)The one-time, $1,200 stimulus checks the U.S. government distributed last April in an attempt to offset the economic burden of the rapidly spreading pandemic did not alleviate stress, anxiety or depressive symptoms related to the coronavirus, particularly among low-income Latina mothers and their families, new research shows.

Economists may have a solution to lack of trust in epidemiology for the next pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Economists may have a solution to lack of trust in epidemiology for the next pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)When some epidemiological models’ predictions failed early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, several economists took it upon themselves to use economics to improve the models and create synergies that can be used for the future.

Paid family leave helps fight food insecurity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Paid family leave helps fight food insecurity. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Providing paid family leave reduces hunger, especially among children, according to a new study based on data from California.

A national mask mandate early on could have saved thousands of lives. (AP Photo/Erin Scott)
A national mask mandate early on could have saved thousands of lives. (AP Photo/Erin Scott)A national mask mandate in the U.S. early in the coronavirus pandemic could have reduced the weekly growth rate of cases and deaths by more than 10 percentage points in late April and saved up to 47,000 lives by the end of May, according to recent research.

White Americans support global trade less than nonwhites, according to recent date. (AP Photo/Gideon Maundo)
White Americans support global trade less than nonwhites, according to recent date. (AP Photo/Gideon Maundo)White Americans have grown less supportive of international trade over the past decade than racial minorities in the U.S. regardless of their economic status, a new study found, contrary to prevailing economic theories that suggest increased affluence leads to a less protectionist reaction to globalization.

The pandemic might save the euro. (Unsplash/Marek Studzinski)
The pandemic might save the euro. (Unsplash/Marek Studzinski)The first two decades of a single European currency have been marred by economic disparities, instability and crisis, but the coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout provides an opportunity for the European Union to strengthen its monetary union with more robust fiscal policies, a former Greek finance minister and his co-author claim in a new paper.

Higher minimum wages lead to fewer teen moms. (Unsplash/Raghavendra V. Konkathi)
Higher minimum wages lead to fewer teen moms. (Unsplash/Raghavendra V. Konkathi)Raising the minimum wage corresponds to a significant drop in the teenage birth rate, according to a new study of state-level U.S. data that sheds light on the unexpected benefits of putting more money in the pockets of low-wage workers. 

A universal basic income doesn't seem to hurt worker productivity. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
A universal basic income doesn't seem to hurt worker productivity. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)A universal basic income worth about one-fifth of workers' median wages did not reduce the amount of effort employees put into their work, according to an experiment conducted by Spanish economists, a sign that the policy initiative could help mitigate inequalities and the impact of automation.

A new administration may give Iran a chance to bargain for some freedom from sanctions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A new administration may give Iran a chance to bargain for some freedom from sanctions. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The new U.S. presidential administration offers Iran a rare chance to bargain for the lifting of American sanctions, a researcher says, which would allow the Persian Gulf state to deepen economic ties to China, a key trading partner and ally, one of its “best” shots at reviving its ailing economy.

Retailers use prices ending in 9 to fool shoppers. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
Retailers use prices ending in 9 to fool shoppers. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)Consumers commonly perceive prices ending in the number 9 as being low, but new research shows that 9-ending prices are often higher than others by as much as 18%, potentially leading shoppers to make suboptimal choices and impacting monetary policy.

Lego sets can be a good investment. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Lego sets can be a good investment. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Average annual returns for Lego sets are comparable to those of fine art, wine and stamps, according to a group of U.K. researchers, potentially making the multigenerational construction toys a relatively safe alternative asset class for investors.

A shorter workweek leads to less smoking and thinner waistlines. (AP Photo/Cie Stroud)
A shorter workweek leads to less smoking and thinner waistlines. (AP Photo/Cie Stroud)Shortening the length of the workweek has a positive impact on measures of workers’ health, including body-mass index and smoking, according to a new paper that utilizes a unique French data set.