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Resource extraction might be bad news for rural communities. (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing)

  When foreign corporations buy rural land in developing countries to extract natural resources, they weaken existing residents’ community ties and exacerbate poverty, according to a new research paper using data from 68 countries. The paper, which is forthcoming in Read more…


Spending time in green space is good for your brain. (Unsplash/Thao Le Hoang)

  Stress, especially that related to work, is a global issue that can create severe mental and physical health problems and have a profound economic impact as a result of impacts on productivity. But a new study out of Japan Read more…


The Avengers don't seem to be assembling any better opinions of the U.S. abroad. (AP Photo/Willy Sanjuan)

  Recent Hollywood tentpole releases like Marvel’s “Captain America” films do not improve how favorably people in other countries see the U.S., a new study found, even though such flicks have found an increasingly enthusiastic audience in international markets. In Read more…


Stalling recalls might protect stock prices. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  Automakers may delay recalls of defective products in order to minimize damage to their stock prices, putting customers in unnecessary danger, according to a new study based on 48 years of U.S. data. Researchers found that automakers tend to Read more…


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. Their findings, published Jan. 12 in International Economics, confirm the Read more…


The U.K. could have saved many lives by adopting stricter quarantine measures. (AP Photo/Neil Hall)

  If the United Kingdom had adopted South Korean-style controls in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it would have saved about 65,000 lives through October 2020 and averted its worst economic decline in more than three centuries, according to a Read more…

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