The Atlantic - 4 Apr 2018
Signs abound that most economies, but the US one in particular, are tilting further towards jobs that give workers less market power. Walmart epitomizes this trend: it is raising wages, but its plans to use more gig labor and automation put workers at a disadvantage. In a nutshell, the labour markers are being ‘gig-ified’, with the ensuing concern: not about the number of jobs, but whether those jobs can support a reasonable standard of living (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018
Harvard Business Review - 2 Mar 2018
The general coordinator of the World Inequality Report 2018 dispels three myths about globalization and states that: (1) Globalization has led to a rise in global income inequality, not a reduction; (2) Income doesn’t trickle down; (3) Policy – not trade or technology – is most responsible for inequality (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 9 March 2018
The New York Times - metered paywall - 10 Feb 2018
This is a sign of things to come… As the angst against tech in general and AI in particular keeps mounting, more politicians (or aspiring ones, like the businessman in this article who is a contender for the next US Presidential election) will focus their campaign on the ‘robot apocalypse’. They will propose radical and less radical measures (such as UBI) to fend off the coming robots. Watch this space! (reads in 6-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 23 February 2018