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Times when journalism was useful for the academia

When I was actively reporting, I overlooked the academic papers that referred to my reports. As a journalist, I wrote on diverse themes - from culture to politics to economy. I remember how my academic sources would direct me to my reports referred to in research papers but I wouldn't bookmark them. Only recently, I [...]

Edith Abbott

I am going to blog about 100 women economists and economic historians. I start with Edith Abbott. Edith Abbott: From Economics to Social Work (1876-1957) Credit: Wikimedia Commons Edith Abbott, labour economist and economic historian, was the second woman to earn an Economics PhD from the University of Chicago in 1905. Interested in labour statistics [...]

Pandemics and Inequality

Economic Historian Guido Alfani, who studies long run trends in inequality, posted a series of tweets on pandemics and inequality this week. To sum up: Some pandemics in history helped reduce inequality, but it would be wrong to say that all pandemics reduce inequality. 2. Some pandemics may not have macro impact but can still [...]

Games, Automation and AI

When everything else falters, trust games, automation and AI to lift businesses up. That explains why an overwhelming share of action in the world of business during the past week has centered around these three. With more people likely to stay indoors or work from home on account of Covid-19, businesses and investors have realised [...]

Fiscal measures and global debt

Here is the latest on fiscal measures (courtesy: IMF) deployed by different countries: Source: IMF blog This stimulus collectively amounts $11 trillion worldwide. Yet, the state of global public debt is worrying too. Source: IMF Blog Authors Vitor Gaspar and Gita Gopinath write: In the face of a sharp decline in global output, a massive [...]

How businesses are innovating during Covid-19

"The Happiest Place on Earth" isn't staying locked down any longer and it has spread the message far and wide with an ad campaign that is drawing mixed reactions. The visitors to the Walt Disney World in the ad face dozens of masked workers at the recreation center even as children dressed in Disney attire [...]

Who is WFH really hurting?

The poor, the young and the women - they are the worst affected when it comes to assessing the impact of remote work, this new IMF paper suggests. Overall, workers in food and accommodation, and wholesale and retail trade, are the hardest hit for having the least “teleworkable” jobs at all. That means more than [...]

Ivy League or Russell Group?

I think this week quite settles the question, for now. The immigration controversy has exposed the racism inherent in US immigration policy and Trump administration has exposed it only too well. Now, this happened today: https://twitter.com/AndrewMCrespo/status/1280838501957865473 This is a welcome development but the results are yet to be seen. So far, foreign students at US [...]

Between the devil and the deep sea

This Guardian cartoon totally sums up what I am trying to say! So we know what the world is looking like as lock downs come to an end in many parts of the world. People are gathering in hordes without masks, getting drunk like there is no tomorrow basically -- https://twitter.com/StephenBLowe/status/1279522924836409344 .... even as economists [...]

EconHistorienne #4 The Outsider

In this edition, you will read – What the death of an actor tells us about inequality in India My experience of discrimination Inequality of opportunity that arises out of discrimination Go here to read. If you missed issue #3 last week, read it here. Questions? Comments? Ideas? Email me: econhistorienne@gmail.com