Economics, Society

Recent Read: “My Favorite Tax”

Joshua Brown has an excellent post on his “Reformed Broker” blog today on why he pays for quality journalism. I could not agree more. Each month, I pay for: New York Times The Atlantic Bloomberg Businessweek Jacobin American Affairs Foreign Affairs Prospect UK The New Yorker Le Monde The Economist AdAge MIT Tech Review HBR Fortune […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Nov 9, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA Finland has just published everyone’s taxes on ‘National Jealousy Day’ So why make everyone’s tax bills – and earnings – public? It’s all to do with the government’s transparency laws. The idea is to […]

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Economics, Labor, Society

Is the American Middle Class Dead?

The term “middle class” is one heard and used all of the time, but rarely do we stop to question how that term is defined and whether that definition is really true. A recent Atlantic article by Caitlin Zaloom (Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University), does both of these things and her […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Nov 2, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA Trumpism Comes to Brazil Why would Bolsonaro break so dramatically with tradition? To be sure, angry, exhausted voters in Brazil view anything that signals change positively. But the deeper answer lies in a dilemma […]

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Economics

Recent Read: “The Chinese century is well under way”

Don’t miss this interesting (and brief) analysis of China’s undisputed global influence from The Economist. Some highlights:   There is one economic metric on which China already ranks first. Measured at market exchange rates, China’s GDP is still 40% smaller than America’s. However, on a purchasing-power-parity (PPP) basis, which adjusts currencies so that a basket of […]

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Economics, Labor

Like It Or Not, We (Almost) All Make Minimum Wage

I recently spent a few days with my best friend who happens to be a very successful surgeon. At dinner one night we got to talking about how medicine is changing and how his peers make much less than someone with the same profile did back in the 1990’s when he came out of medical […]

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Economics, Management

Organizational Agility: An Optionality Perspective

Few terms generate as much debate in c-suites right now as Agile and agility. It seems that every week I find myself talking about this concept with an executive who wants to understand what these terms mean and what real value they can bring to a global organization. In some part this level of interest […]

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