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    Jeffrey Sachs, "Will Economic Illiteracy Trigger a Trade War?"

    Project Syndicate - 20 Apr 2017

    At a time when so much of the political discourse in the US (and elsewhere) focuses on trade deficits, this article does a great job at debunking the fallacy that protectionism is the solution. The current-account balance equals national savings minus domestic investment; so a deficit reflects the US own saving-investment imbalance, nothing more than that. The only way for the US to reduce its current-account deficit is either to save more or to invest less in its economy (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2017

  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation, Manufacturing

    Steve LeVine, "No one is prepared to stop the robot onslaught. So what will we do when it arrives?"

    Quartz - 14 Apr 2017

    Robots will wipe out many jobs - somewhere between 9% and 47% of workers in the West over the next two or so decades according to various estimates, and more in emerging markets. Workers will adjust but the transition could be agonizing and the backlash monumental. We won’t stop the robots, but robotization won’t happen unfettered. A tax on robots, “affirmative action for humans” and “back to the basics”: all these are ideas that will gain traction.  Long (9-13 min) but a must-read.

    Published in Weekly selection 21 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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