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: PSYCHOLOGY > Wellbeing
  • PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Colby Itkowitz, "Prioritizing these three things will improve your life — and maybe even save it"

    The Washington Post - 28 Apr 2017

    Three simple ideas could go a long way in helping us live better lives: (1) Face-to-face social interaction (not texting or emails) leads to a longer life; (2) Knowing when to turn off your smartphone enriches your life (they’ve taken away our “stopping cues”: contrary to a book or a movie, scrolling on the phone is endless and we don’t know when to break away); (3) Chasing meaning, not happiness, is what really matters (meaning can be derived from belonging, purpose, transcendence and storytelling) (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 5 May 2017

  • PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition, Wellbeing

    Virginia Postrel, "Why Food Is Taking Over Your Life"

    Bloomberg View - 26 Apr 2017

    The business of food has become central to our contemporary culture and a major investment theme. Economists emphasize its “status signaling” dimension, but there is more to it than that. Five reasons make it a perfect match for the digital age: (1) In a world of black boxes, food offers a sense of knowledge and control, (2) Eating is sociable, (3) Food is photogenic, (4) Food businesses combine heritage and innovation, (5) Food is fun (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 29 April 2017

  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, SOCIETY, Health, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Rebecca Greenfield, "How the Six-Hour Workday Actually Saves Money"

    Bloomberg - 17 Apr 2017

    A Swedish experiment may have missed the bigger picture of how shorter days can mean long-term profit. In reality, working shorter hours results in healthier workers, which in turn, leads to higher productivity reduced absenteeism and lower health costs. Maybe the solution to workplace wellness isn’t step challenges and diet contests, but shorter workdays (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2017

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