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!
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Jeffrey Frankel, "Who is President Trump?"
Project Syndicate - 11 Nov 2016
This article is inevitably biased, but we chose it among the flurry of post-Trump victory articles because it provides a simple framework to think about what President Trump might do and might not do. To put it simply: we are clueless. The Harvard professor and former member of Bill Clinton’s council of economic advisers explains why Trump’s stunning election victory has pushed the United States – and the world – into uncharted territory. The only relative certainty is that most of his fiscal proposals will be enacted, and will entail dramatic economic and investment consequences (some good some bad) (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 11 November 2016
Derek Thompson, "America’s Monopoly Problem"
The Atlantic - 30 Sep 2016
This article argues that US big business is jamming the wheels of innovation. Observing that entrepreneurship has declined in each decade since the 1970s, and that adults under 35 are on track to be the least entrepreneurial generation on record, it argues that this decline in dynamism has coincided with the rise of extraordinarily large and profitable firms that look like the monopolies and oligopolies of the 19th century. “By the numbers, America has become the land of the big and the home of the consolidated”. Packed with insights and data (reads in 7-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 30 September 2016
Mohamed El-Erian, "Reconciling the contradictions of US GDP data"
Bloomberg View - 1 Aug 2016
Recently released US GDP data has something for everyone: optimists draw comfort from the robust growth in household consumption, while pessimists worry about lagging business investment and mounting inventories. To address this divergence, El-Erian recommends a pro-growth infrastructure program that would have the benefits of offsetting the drag in current and future GDP growth. It can be financed efficiently at today’s unusually low interest rates, and it would contribute both to social well-being and private-sector productivity (reads in about 6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 5 August 2016
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