This week, University of Chicago economists Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro open up about their research suggesting that TV’s arrival in the US had a beneficial effect on students’ cognitive achievement. I spotlight the economists’ unique methodologies and I chat with them about the detective work of finding patterns in reams of data.
In-game spending among kids has reached somewhat of an apex this year, with the UK Office of Fair Trading currently investigating the area and Apple issuing strict developer guidelines – and in some cases refunds – following parental outrage over lengthy phone bills. But a new study suggests the issue could be overblown, or at least under control, as research agency Dubit has found that only 2% of British kids are making purchases without their parent’s permission.
It’s well known that kids’ mobile consumption is on the rise, but a new report from Common Sense Media measures just how much growth has occurred in two years–and especially among two-year-olds, with 38% of toddlers and infants now using a mobile device.