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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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!




Kenneth Rogoff
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  • SOCIETY, Globalization, PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, ECONOMICS, Inequalities

    Roger Cohen, "The Madness of the Crowds"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 28 Feb 2017

    When the wisdom of the crowds turns into madness… The editorialist ponders why there is so much anger around (but particularly in the US and Europe). Theories abound to explain why, but he thinks that “the attempt to squeeze the last cent of profit out of any operation” plays a big role by squeezing “the last trace of sentiment out of what passes for human interaction” (reads in 3-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 3 March 2017

  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, ECONOMICS, Inequalities, US

    Nicholas Eberstadt, "Our Miserable 21st Century"

    Comentary - 18 Feb 2017

    In this article, widely commented in the US and international media, Eberstadt documents how the year 2000 marked the beginning of what has become a distressing era for the US.  His explanations range from work and income (work rates have “fallen off a cliff since the year 2000”) to health (drug and alcohol abuse are reversing past gains in health and longevity) and social mobility (one in eight adult males has a felony conviction) (reads in 15-20 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 24 February 2017

  • ECONOMICS, Inequalities

    Prakash Loungani, "The IMF’s Work on Inequality: Bridging Research and Reality"

    IMF Direct - 22 Feb 2017

    This short blog demonstrates that rising inequalities hamper durable growth but are not a fatality. The authors offer a few examples showing that “cures” exist. Strong fiscal policies in particular can have a positive effect in terms of redistribution and “predistribution”. An interesting (and possibly counter-intuitive for some readers) conclusion: redistribution, unless extreme, does not have an adverse impact on growth (reads in 3-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 24 February 2017

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