R&D Investment Can Have Multiplier Effects—If It’s Made in the Right Industries
A new study co-authored by Prof. Song Ma finds that allocating research funding to certain scientific fields can have long-term ripple effects across sectors and countries.
The Digital Tool That Helps Robert Shiller Understand the Past
We asked the Nobel Prize-winning Yale economist to reflect on an unexpected source of research information and inspiration. He writes that Google Ngram Viewer can provide important insights about how people saw economic events as they unfolded.
Medicare Helps Close Racial Gaps in Access to Healthcare
In a new study, Yale SOM’s Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham and his co-authors use the transition to Medicare eligibility to test whether universal health coverage can help reduce racial disparities in health.
Taming Healthcare Costs
In the latest episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz are joined by Yale SOM economist Fiona Scott Morton, an expert on competition in healthcare and other industries. They discuss the forces driving up healthcare costs in the U.S. and the steps that Scott Morton and her colleagues have proposed to bring them under control.
Controlling the Virus Is the Key to Reducing Inflation
Yale SOM’s William English, a former economist at the Federal Reserve, explains the role of COVID-19 in the spike in prices, considers how policymakers can respond, and confronts the sheer uncertainty of the times.
On the latest episode of the Health & Veritas podcast, Howard Forman and Harlan Krumholz are joined by Jason Abaluck, a health economist at Yale SOM. They discuss a massive study co-authored by Abaluck that showed that masks reduce COVID infections in a community setting.
Lack of Access to Mental Health Treatment Reduces Lifetime Income
Prof. Barbara Biasi and her co-authors found that those who couldn’t access treatment for bipolar disorder paid a price over the course of their careers—suggesting that lack of access to care can worsen economic inequality.
Without a Local Newspaper, Americans Pay Less Attention to Local Politics
Prof. Michael Sinkinson and his co-authors look back at when television, not the internet, was the new technology chipping away at newspaper circulation. They find that when readership diminished, engagement with local politics did too.
How the ‘Nixon Shock’ Remade the World Economy
In a new book, Yale SOM’s Jeffrey Garten explores Richard Nixon’s decision to delink the dollar from gold, which remade the global monetary system in an instant.
Can ‘Sin Taxes’ Do a Better Job?
A new study co-authored by Yale SOM’s Katja Seim examines how successful the uniform liquor tax in Pennsylvania is at generating revenue and discourage drinking, and concludes that a uniform tax leads to higher prices on products bought disproportionately in high-income areas when compared to a more variable approach, effectively subsidizing liquor consumption in low-income areas.
Can Congress Create Real Competition for Big Tech?
Last week, members of Congress from both parties introduced a series of bills to curtail the dominance of the major technology firms. We asked Prof. Fiona Scott Morton if the proposed legislation would help level the playing field.