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Kenneth Rogoff
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  • SOCIETY, Ageing, ECONOMICS, Asia

    Adair Turner, "Japan’s Successful Economic Model"

    Project Syndicate - 20 Sep 2018

    Maybe counter-intuitively for many, the chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking argues that Japan does well. Yes: its GDP growth lags behind most other developed economies (and will likely continue to do so as the population slowly declines); but it is GDP per capita that matters, and on this front, the country excels. Also, as a machine for delivering prosperity to a wide range of citizens, Japan’s economy compares well with almost any other. Even government debt and unsustainable fiscal deficits are not as acute as we think, Adair shows (reads in 6-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 28 September 2018

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    John Gapper, "How millennials became the world’s most powerful consumers"

    The Financial Times - metered paywall - 6 Jun 2018

    This FT’s “big read” (about 7-8 min) explains in vivid terms how the biggest global generation (2bn millennials are coming of age) will upend business​ from the US to China. Their choices differ markedly from those of their predecessors (the baby boomers). In a nutshell, the millennials don’t’ want bland, mass-market products shipped from factories by huge corporations. They prefer smaller, independent brands and outlets and this pattern extends to media consumption: technology and social media have unleashed an extraordinary fragmentation in how they absorb information.

    Published in Weekly selection 9 June 2018

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  • SOCIETY, Ageing, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Jia Tolentino, "My Visit to the World’s First Gym for Your Face"

    The New Yorker - 7 Jun 2018

    As this article shows, beauty standards are intensifying under the influence of technology, with the bar of “perfection” being continually raised. Young female adulthood is now defined by constant visual self-surveillance and an overwhelming redirection of anxiety into the “wellness” space. As a result, the financial and psychological drain created by the beauty industry grows ever stronger, resulting in a refusal “to ever be content with yourself” (reads in 8-10 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 9 June 2018

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