We’ve started a new feature this year to share pieces that we found to be the most interesting reading. Each Friday, the editor of the week will select articles, op-eds, and other readings that he found particularly insightful.
- George Soros warns that democracy needs defending and cannot be taken for granted. A useful reminder that policies do not always further the common good.
- Encouraging news that solar could beat coal to be the cheapest power on earth and is already competitive in many places.
- Former World Bank chief economists, Basu, Bourguignon, Lin, and Stiglitz propose 8 broad principles to guide development policy
- For those interested in productivity growth, this paper suggests the rate of increase in effort in R&D is enough to offset the declining productivity of research. Examples from a range of disaggregated sectors are provided.
- A towering figure in economics, Tony Atkinson, passed away at the start of the year. Thomas Piketty reviews his contributions to the field.
- A round-up of economists views on how to compensate the losers of globalization.
Economic geography bites back