January 8, 2020
Writing for STAT, Prof. Amy Finkelstein emphasizes the importance of randomized control trials (RCTs), recounting how she and her colleagues used an RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of a new program aimed at reducing hospital readmissions. “Randomized clinical trials are essential tools for helping us learn, adapt, and move forward on innovative solutions that make peoples’ lives better,” writes Finkelstein.
Writing for the New York Times, Prof. Yasheng Huang argues that Chinese policies favoring the state sector over the private sector have played a bigger role in the country’s economic slowdown than the current trade war. “That the Chinese economy is slowing down isn’t necessarily a bad thing, at least not in itself,” says Huang. “But a slowdown is a problem if it’s the result of poor policy.”
Prof. David Autor speaks with NPR’s Planet Money about the lump of labor fallacy, the notion that there is a finite amount of work. “People are always worried about running out of work, but we're not,” says Autor. “We ought to be focusing our energy on figuring out, gee, how do we improve people's skills so they can qualify for better jobs?”
In an article for The Boston Globe, Prof. Kerry Emanuel emphasizes the importance of strengthening the collaborations between researchers and forecasters to improve U.S. weather forecasts. “The progress that we make today will have enormous consequences for our ability to protect lives and property, maintain economic competitiveness, and strengthen our national security,” writes Emanuel.
A report by researchers from MIT and other institutions examines whether companies are complying with the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), writes Karl Bode for Motherboard. The researchers found “websites in the EU not only aren’t adhering to the law, many are using required privacy alerts to mislead users.”
Gizmodo reporter Shoshana Wodinsky writes that a report by MIT researchers finds many websites are not complying with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). “Only 11.8 percent of the 680 sites researchers analyzed met the ‘minimum requirements’ that the researchers set forth,” Wodinsky explains, “specifically, that consent for user data collection through cookies and other technologies must be freely and explicitly given.”