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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Joel Mokyr, "Is Our Economic Future Behind Us?"
Project Syndicate - 30 Nov 2016
The professor of economics resolutely quashes technological pessimism, particularly that of Robert Gordon, his Northwestern University colleague. Mokyr argues that technological advances will create a tailwind of hurricane-like proportions for the world’s most advanced economies. His conviction is based on what he regards as a positive feedback loop between scientific and technological progress. He sees economic growth resulting from it (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 December 2016
Timothy Lee, "The productivity paradox: why we're getting more innovation but less growth"
VOX - 24 Oct 2016
This is the central question of our times, to which we’ve already devoted many articles. This piece goes against the prevailing wisdom (that either statistics aren’t properly measuring the value of innovation or that the apparent speed-up in innovation is an illusion) by arguing that innovation is actually causing slow growth. Succinctly put, things are exactly as they seem: rapid technological innovation is real, and so is slow economic growth (reads in 10-14 min).
Published in Weekly selection 28 October 2016
Michael Spence, "How to fight secular stagnation"
Project Syndicate - 30 Aug 2016
The Nobel laureate in economics ponders how to escape from the pattern of slow and declining GDP growth. It’s hard… Many growth-destroying headwinds (technological disruption, uncertainty about future demand, over-indebtedness, etc.) are hard to counter in the near term without endangering future growth and stability. But implementing the right “policy mix” might make a difference. Key elements would comprise: addressing inequalities, imposition of capital account controls and fiscal responses (reads in about 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2016
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