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”.

Subscribers of the Monthly Barometer can access curated Weekly Selections as part of their subscription. 

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  • ECONOMICS, Global Growth, Technology, Innovation

    Adair Turner, "Is Productivity Growth Becoming Irrelevant?"

    Project Syndicate - 20 Jul 2017

    This is a provocative question! Lord Turner offers his own take on the productivity paradox. Among the many different reasons that may explain why productivity is declining, he argues that as we get richer, measured productivity may inevitably slow. He explains that the growth of difficult-to-automate service activities may account for some of the productivity slowdown, and so does the growth of “zero-sum” activities. This is a most important read (5-7 min) because it explains why measured GDP and gains in human welfare eventually may become entirely divorced.

    Published in Weekly selection 21 July 2017


  • SOCIETY, Globalization, Technology, Innovation

    Katrin Bennhold, "On London’s Streets,
Black Cabs and Uber
Fight for a Future"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 4 Jul 2017

    This is a great piece of journalism! Katrin Bennhold looks at the issue of “disruption against the incumbent” through the lens of a black cab driver and a Uber female immigrant driver. Her analysis makes the reader realize that London’s cabby wars epitomize what disruption is all about: they are less about the disruptive power of an
app, or a new business model, and more about the disruption of a country’s way of life (reads in 7-9 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 7 July 2017


  • 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


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