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

    Kai-Fu Lee, "The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 24 Jun 2017

    In the flurry of articles written daily about AI, this one stands out for its clarity and insights: it is a written by a venture capitalist who also happens to be the president of the Artificial Intelligence Institute. Long story short: AI will “decimate” many jobs, will increase inequalities globally and will overwhelmingly benefit China and the US to the detriment of everybody else. To conclude optimistically, Lee offers an intriguing idea (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 30 June 2017

  • ECONOMICS, Inequalities, Technology, Innovation

    Nancy Scola, "How Steve Case became Washington's tech whisperer"

    Politico Magazine - 8 Jun 2017

    Steve Case is the technology leader and investor assiduously trying to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and the vast swaths of the US left behind. This article describes in detail how Case intends to redistribute the balance of 75 percent of all venture capital investment going to just three spots: Silicon Valley, New York City and Boston. It’s all about cash, forming new connections and involving whoever is willing to help. This is an important read because what Case does in the US bears lessons for the rest of the world: there are always good ideas in unlikely places (reads in 5-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 30 June 2017

  • ECONOMICS, Inequalities

    Dan Kopf, "The new, nearly invisible class markers that separate the American elite from everyone else"

    Quartz - 11 Jun 2017

    This is about a new book: “The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class” that explains why rich people (in the West) are increasingly choosing not to display their wealth. Two trends are affecting their changing consumption: (1) Their conspicuous consumption is decreasing now that everybody can do it; (2) Inconspicuous consumption is the new conspicuous consumption, with “social, environmental, and cultural awareness” now becoming the most valuable sources of social capital (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 16 June 2017

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