Why sign rights treaties?

Study: Autocratic leaders who sign human-rights treaties seek political gain, not material benefits. [caption id="attachment_776" align="alignright" width="300"] photo: iStock[/caption] CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Since World War II, more than 45 international human-rights treaties have been signed by many…

Study: Workplace diversity can help the bottom line

MIT economist scrutinizes firm data suggesting diverse offices function more effectively. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Gender diversity in the workplace helps firms be more productive, according to a new study co-authored by an MIT researcher — but…

Know thy banker — it could keep you…

Study shows banks that have good working relationships with their customers reduce loan defaults. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- You’ve probably seen advertising campaigns in which banks describe how much their customer relationships matter to them. While such…

West African solar project gets EUR 23m EIB…

The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide EUR 23 million (15 billion CFA) to support investment in one of the largest photovoltaic power stations in sub-Saharan Africa. The EUR 70.5 million (46 billion CFA)…