The W: A Weekly Reading List

In this week’s edition…making a company memorable…the world’s leadership approval ratings…China leads the mobile payments race…how is history made…it’s hard to say goodbye…and more. Have a great weekend.   Business & Economics What macroeconomists actually do But in very crude terms, a DSGE model contains equations representing individuals’ choices to consume and save; companies’ choices

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Diversity In the C-Suite Is All About the Economics of Inclusion

In recent months I’ve had the good fortune to speak with several authors and thinkers working in the Diversity & Inclusion field, and all of them shared with me a genuine sense of frustration at the slow progress minorities and women have made into the C-suite.  In thinking about this issue, and reflecting back on

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Recent read: “Almost all the US jobs created since 2005 are temporary”

Fascinating short post on Quartz by Dan Kopf on the changing source of jobs. A highlight: “We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other

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Is Liberal Federalism the Future of the Left?

As has been reported widely, the FCC recently changed its so-called “net neutrality” policy, effectively allowing broadband companies such as Verizon and Comcast to adjust their service delivery models to reflect the bandwidth usage of media sites. Net neutrality is a contentious issue, and the New York Times‘ Farhad Manjoo laid out the case for

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Eurasia Group’s 2018 Risk Watch List

Don’t miss Eurasia Group’s 2018 political risk outlook out now.  From the report’s intro: Let’s be honest: 2018 doesn’t feel good. Yes, markets are soaring and the economy isn’t bad, but citi- zens are divided. Governments aren’t doing much governing. And the global order is unraveling. The scale of the world’s political challenges is daunting.

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Recent Read: Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success

As has often been remarked, the United States is undergoing a demographic transformation, and a large dimension of that evolution is the significant increase in the number of people who identify with Hispanic heritage and/or ethnicity.  A new book by Robert Rodriguez and Andrés Tomás Tapia, Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success, provides a sound analysis

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Making the Case Against A College Education

It’s not often that one comes across a passionate and well-argued case against higher education written by a university Professor, but that’s exactly what’s in the new issue of The Atlantic. Bryan Caplan, an economist at George Mason University, presents a scathing critique of the current college educational model, and his essay should be read

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FT: “Winners and losers in the sharing economy”

Good piece by Brooke Masters on FT about the strategic implications of the sharing economy. Some highlights: Streaming is at the forefront of a trend that threatens to upend a much wider range of industries. Technology-based groups are encouraging consumers to rethink their approach to everything from textbooks and party dresses to housing and transportation.

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