In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.
In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.
As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key. This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.
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Adair Turner, "The Skills Delusion"
Project Syndicate - 12 Oct 2016
The chairman of INET turns upside down the conventional wisdom according to which better education is crucial to increasing productivity and living standards. He first observes that few skilled people are needed to drive key areas of activity – a disconnect between employment and value added that reflects the role of ICT. Secondly, many higher-paid jobs play no role in driving productivity improvement and do not increase human welfare. The reality of tomorrow’s world is this: a good education will be required to equip us to live satisfying lives, but it may not increase individual pay or measured prosperity (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 14 October 2016
Derek Thompson, "The Myth of the Millennial Entrepreneur"
The Atlantic - 6 Jul 2016
In a testimony to US Congress, John Lettieri (cofounder of the Economic Innovation Group), said that: "Millennials are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation in recent history.” In fact, the only age group in the US with rising entrepreneurial activity in the last two decades is people between 55 and 65. This article looks at some of the reasons that explain why it is so. It all starts with student debt, which stifles appetite for risk (reads in about 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 8 July 2016
Ron Klain, "Inequality and the Internet"
Democracy – A Journal of Ideas - 1 Jul 2015
In this longish piece that reads in 8-9 minutes, the general counsel of Revolution (a venture capital firm) ponders why the Internet didn’t live up to its promise as an equalizer in American life. He believes, however, that a progressive agenda for Internet policy could be a powerful tool for greater equality and social mobility. It would include: (1) Universal broadband connectivity; (2) Widely available free Wi-Fi; (3) Common sense regulatory balance; (4) Online learning and training; (5) Policies that support a mobile workforce.
Published in Weekly selection 20 June 2015
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