Economics Archives - State of the Planet

Kytt MacManus, standing left, and Dorothee Grant, sitting right, look at a computer monitor as they study images of nightime lights data.

Bright Lights, Big Cities: An Intern Takes on the World of Remote Sensing

Intern Dorothee Grant is using daytime and nighttime lights satellite data to help map urban areas at large spatial scales.

by |October 1, 2019

How Climate Change Impacts the Economy

Warming temperatures, rising seas, and more extreme weather are going to cost us. But they’ll create new business opportunities, too.

by |June 20, 2019
graph of carbon emissions projections

Zero-Carbon Economy is Within Reach, Says Climate Economist

Nicholas Stern is optimistic that we can create a zero-carbon world economy in the coming decades. What he’s worried about is whether we will, he said in a recent talk.

by |April 19, 2019

Data Visualization: World Happiness Trends

Could the number of women in a nation’s government have an impact on its happiness? Can air quality effect the mood of a population? Do trains make people happier? Explore World Happiness Report data and trends that might also contribute to a country’s overall well-being.

Renewable Energy: What’s True, What’s False

A short, handy new guide from the Earth Institute cuts through the noise about renewable energy to lay out the facts about this politically charged subject.

by |January 7, 2019

Climate-Related Flooding May Quickly Disrupt Global Trade Chains

Intensifying river floods caused by global warming may hamper national economies worldwide, and effects might propagate through global trade and supply networks, a new study says.

by |May 28, 2018
Glenn Hubbard speaks about the benefits of a carbon tax

The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax

Economist Glenn Hubbard explains why carbon pricing can appeal to people on both sides of the political aisle.

by |May 16, 2018
Young women learn traditional basket weaving

Celebrating Young Women’s Economic Empowerment for International Women’s Day 2018

Women today are completing higher levels of education and taking on more leadership roles, yet many barriers to economic empowerment still persist.

by |March 8, 2018
Andrea Ruiz

Andrea Cristina Ruiz is Using Economics to Combat Climate Change

Climate change will impact populations across the planet. MPA-DP graduate student Andrea Cristina Ruiz wants to bring their voices to the table.

by |March 6, 2018

Professor Dong Guo: China, Peer Effect and Sustainability

Sustainability isn’t just about the environment. Guo explains how social and economic factors, like employment and education, fit in.

by |December 8, 2017