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
Filter: Category: Technology
  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Internet

    John Herrman, "What Will Service Work Look Like Under Amazon?"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 18 Jul 2017

    Amazon epitomizes what the service economy is all about, and what its future will be. It regards labor as a simple commodity and tends to focus on domination, not on providing any sort of abstract benefit to society outside the lowering of prices and the delivery of goods. It has never put forth a rosy vision of the future of service labor and most likely never will (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 July 2017

  • 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

  • Technology, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Ephrat Livni, "If information overload is stressing you out, go on a silence diet"

    Quartz - 9 Jul 2017

    Cognitive-load theory posits that brains have only so much bandwidth, so to best take in information, we must also limit it (this is the theory that underpins the existence of The Monthly Barometer). As “Infobesity” is becoming an ever-growing problem, apply a simple solution: don’t multitask and focus instead on the task at hand. If this doesn’t work, apply an extreme solution: Go silent. Stop talking or take a break from technology, or both (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 July 2017

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