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, Inequalities

    Richard Florida, "Why America’s Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer"

    The Atlantic - 13 Apr 2017

    This is about US cities, but the winner-take-all urbanism’s argument applies to any desirable city around the world. In short: the most innovative industries and the most talented and wealthiest people are converging as never before in a handful of leading superstar cities that are knowledge and tech hubs. This small group of elite places forges ever forward, while most others struggle, stagnate, or fall behind. This, in turn, increases inequality and deepens segregation (reads in 7-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 April 2017


  • SOCIETY, Globalization, ECONOMICS, Inequalities

    Dani Rodrik, "Too Late to Compensate Free Trade’s Losers"

    Project Syndicate - 11 Apr 2017

    The Harvard professor disagrees with the consensus that losers from globalization must be compensated (instead of globalization being reverted). He argues that it’s simply too late - “the time for compensation has come and gone” and no longer serves as a practical response to globalization’s adverse effects. In his opinion, to bring the losers along requires changing the rules of globalization itself (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 April 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Inequalities

    Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman, "Economic growth in the US: A tale of two countries"

    VOXeu - 29 Mar 2017

    This is a scholarly (but readable!) article that addresses some important methodological issues in the measure of inequality. The bottom line: (1) Over the past decades, US economic inequality has surged: for the 117 million US adults in the bottom half of the income distribution, growth has been non-existent for a generation while at the top of the ladder it has been extraordinarily strong, (2) Policies to ameliorate income inequality fall woefully short, (3) Comparison in income inequalities between countries is enlightening (reads in 7-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 1 April 2017


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