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Here’s What Happens When A City in California Takes Up Automated Enforcement of Water Conservation Rules

Advances in remote sensing and real-time monitoring technology are rapidly and radically lowering the costs...
Topics:  Energy & Environment
Insights / Research BriefJan 13, 2022

Selection in Surveys

When COVID-19 swept the world in early 2020 and closed or restricted business activity, researchers and policymakers scrambled to determine the virus’s economic impact on everything from employment, income, and childcare to business closures, commercial property, and work-from-home strategies. Policymakers needed answers fast to plan the most efficacious responses and direct limited resources to benefit those who needed it the most.
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Research BriefNov 10, 2021

The Economic Geography of Global Warning

José-Luis Cruz, Esteban Rossi-Hansberg
That unchecked climate change will profoundly affect the world’s economy well into the future is almost universally accepted among researchers. But the world is not a homogeneous economy; likewise, climate change will also affect different parts of the world in different ways.
Topics:  Energy & Environment
Insights / Research BriefJun 28, 2021

Central Banking Challenges Posed by Uncertain Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Lars Peter Hansen
In recent years, some central banks have added a new responsibility to their list of tasks: ameliorate the effects of climate change. This could mean monitoring the short- and long-term exposure of financial institutions to climate change, or it could mean actively directing regulated financial institutions to invest in certain industries. In either case, central banks will have to determine how best to anticipate the likely effects of climate change many years into the future.
Topics:  Energy & Environment
Insights / Podcast episodeJun 16, 2021

Vaccine Lotteries: Worth a Shot?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Steve Levitt, Jeff Severts
More than a dozen states have announced large lotteries to incentivize vaccinations. On this episode,...
Topics:  COVID-19
Insights / Podcast episodeApr 22, 2021

Are Carbon Offsets Bogus?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Michael Greenstone, Barbara Haya
Some of the world’s largest companies (and biggest emitters of CO2) boast big investments in...
Topics:  Energy & Environment
Insights / Podcast episodeApr 07, 2021

WFH … Forever?

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Steven J. Davis, Kate Lister
The pandemic forced many Americans into a mass social experiment: working from home (WFH). Now,...
Topics:  COVID-19, Employment & Wages
Insights / Podcast episodeMar 25, 2021

Incentives and the Race to Vaccinat‪e‬

Eduardo Porter, Tess Vigeland, Joshua Gottlieb, David Pitrak
With COVID-19 variants proliferating, administering vaccines as quickly as possible is a key policy priority....
Topics:  Health care, COVID-19