Author: Carlos Alvarenga

Recent read: “Colleges Are No Match for American Poverty”

A fascinating read on Amarillo College in Texas by Marcella Bombardier on Atlantic.com. Some highlights:   The school of 10,000 students has an emergency fund that can cut a check within hours to cover the car-repair or water bill that could push a student to drop a class—or quit school for good. The school employs

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Recent Read: “The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy” by Matthew Stewart

Ask yourself a simple question: what’s a bigger problem in this country (and probably a few others): the 0.01% wealthiest sector or the 9.9% just below it? It’s an interesting question, and one that has not been debated very much until an article in the latest issue of the Atlantic written by Matthew Stewart. His

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Recent Read: “The Cost of Political Connections”

I recently came across an interesting paper in the Review of Finance by Marianne Bertrand, Francis Kramarz, Antoinette Schoar and David Thesmar that explores the connections between CEOs and politicians in France. Though the analysis is about just one country, the paper raises bigger questions about CEOs and politicians anywhere.  Some highlights:   While previous research has focused on the advantages

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Recent Read: “A More Beautiful Question” by Warren Berger

In the world of business, as in many others, answers (and answerers) get all the glory. We like answers: they give direction, settle arguments, erase doubts, and do many other useful things. Questions, especially in business, are not so popular. Strong questions can confuse direction, start arguments, give birth to doubts, and generally annoy (managers

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LSE: Rising US income inequality: the disproportionate gains of the highest earners

A recent London School of Economics blog post by Kevin J. Lansing and Agnieszka Markiewicz continues to detail how rising income inequality in the U.S. continues to change the economic composition of the country. Some highlights:   The increase in U.S. income inequality since 1970 largely reflects gains made by households in the top 20 per

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Bain Has Seen the Future of Labor and It’s Not Pretty

As we look around our world today, it’s easy to see many forces changing our economic and social models. We all know technology, income inequality and shifting political movements will create a world different from the one we have lived in for the past few decades. Analyzing each of these issues is difficult enough. Trying

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WaPo: China and India have 70 million more men than women. The consequences are far-reaching.

Don’t miss an outstanding set of articles by Simon Denyer and Annie Gowen in WaPo about the consequences of longstanding bias against female babies in China and India. This is not a new issue, of course, and the warnings about the eventual price that would be paid for centuries-old prejudices have been coming for a long time. Now that

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WaPo: The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’s support for gay rights

Interesting WaPo piece in the weekend edition about the role that LGBT rights might be playing in the Amazon HQ2 decision. Seems a but speculative to me but an interesting read nonetheless. Some highlights:  As Amazon executives recently toured finalist locations to help select what they’ve dubbed HQ2, they asked public officials about what sort

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