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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  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation

    Claire Miller, "How to Beat the Robots"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 7 Mar 2017

    This is a very useful article that enumerates what we/ governments need to do to cope with a fast-changing labor market.  A few “tips”: (1) More education and different kinds (key word: flexibility), (2) Create new and better jobs that address societies’ real needs, (3) Bolster the safety net (UBI gaining traction), (4) Change the way work is done (make it easier to start small businesses), (5) Give workers more of the profit (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 10 March 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation,

    Cade Metz, "The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of The Middle Class"

    Wired - 10 Feb 2017

    A recent (private) conference held in California sheds some light on how AI researchers view the threat of their own field. An economic and social upheaval is almost certain: technology is hollowing out the middle class, plain and simple. Because of technology, most new jobs are either at the very low end of the pay scale or the very high end. AI specialist at the conference warned that the coming revolution in AI will eliminate far more jobs far more quickly than most of us realize (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 17 February 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Inequalities, Technology, Innovation,

    Tyler Cowen, "Industrial Revolution Comparisons Aren't Comforting"

    Bloomberg View - 16 Feb 2017

    This is a segway of the article above. The economist comments on the perennial argument that “it won’t be different this time:” as in the past, automation and AI will lead to new jobs elsewhere. Yes, precisely! And this is why we should be concerned… In a nutshell, a lot of new wealth was created, but economic turmoil, adjustment costs and sometimes war, kept down the returns to labor. “Don’t fight a major war” is the biggest policy lesson from this period (reads in 4-6 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 17 February 2017


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