Category: Economics

The W: A Weekly Reading List

In this week’s edition…why Millennials have so many credit cards…China’s black holes…the ugliness of the Internet…college basketball goes middle class…the history and art of manhole covers…and more. Have a great […]

Are We Running Out of Innovation?

I come across a lot of interesting writing in my work, but I have to note that one of the most thought-provoking scholarly pieces I have read recently is the working paper published earlier this […]

The “Big Government” Workforce Is Not What We Think It Is

One of the major recurring themes in American society for the past few decades has been that “the federal government is too big” and that we need to “shrink the number of bureaucrats” […]

PS: Trump’s Anachronistic Trade Strategy

In case you missed it, there is a good post on Project Syndicate by Richard Baldwin on the Trump team’s misreading of the unemployment problem. An excerpt: Trump and his team […]

WSJ: Donald Trump May Find Leviathan Hard to Tame

Good article on WSJ on the challenges the new President may find in taming government regulations. An excerpt: Mr. Trump’s order could provide a powerful prod to agencies to look for old, […]

Quartz: A Clothing Designer Explains the Cost of Clothes

In case you missed it, Quartz had a good piece on the garment cost structure of U.S.. fashion label Elizabeth Suzann. It’s well worth a read to understand the elements of […]

Must Read: “The Future of the Professions”

In 1540 a legendary union took place in England, in which the Guild of Surgeons agreed to merge with the Guild of Barbers to form the Company of Barbers and Surgeons and so […]

The Great De-Equitization Is On, But Is That A Good Thing?

Among all the talk of globalization and trade tariffs, a seismic shift in capitalism is taking place without, it seems, much public debate. Little by little, the idea that public companies, and wide-spread […]

HBR: “Why Trump Doesn’t Tweet About Automation”

In case you missed it, Babson professor Thomas Davenport (author of Only Humans Need Apply, which I reviewed here), has a good piece on Trump lack of focus on automation […]

GDP@Risk: A New Metric Worth Noting

Last month, the Paris climate change accord became active, and already we are starting to see some interesting research developing as a consequence of that international initiative. One of the more […]