December 6, 2019
Profs. Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Dufo speak with Vox reporter Dylan Matthews about their book, “Good Economics for Hard Times.” Matthews notes that the book “tackles issues in both poor and rich countries, setting its sights on big-ticket macro issues: the impact of immigration, automation, and trade on workers; the rise of nativism and xenophobia; and universal basic income.”
Institute Prof. Sheila Widnall, the first woman to lead the Air Force, and Linguistics alumna Jessie “Little Doe” Baird, an indigenous language preservationist, are two of the 10 influential women chosen to represent Massachusetts in USA Today’s Women of the Century series, reports Nicole Simmons. Baird was also included in the paper’s nationwide list of 100 Women of the Century.
“Ride-hailing’s profitability aspirations ultimately conflict with its desire to upend the global auto market,” writes research affiliate Ashley Nunes for the Financial Times. “These companies have a choice. By the virtue of raising or lowering fares they can either excite investors or thrill consumers. But they can’t do both.”
As part of a SHOOKtalks session, Joseph Coughlin, director of the AgeLab, discusses how the pandemic has altered the way financial advisors work with clients, reports R.J. Shook for Forbes. “The one thing COVID did is it pushed technology into our lives,” says Coughlin. “It is not a novelty. COVID showed us that technology actually adds new value.”
Prof. Thomas Malone speaks with Nicolás Rivero at Quartz about Minglr, a new videoconferencing platform he co-created that replicates the type of chance meetings that happen at in-person conferences. “The most important part of conferences by far is what happens in the hallways,” said Malone, “not what happens in the meeting rooms.”