Weekend list #13

How does unemployment affect consumer spending?

Ganong and Noel study the spending of individuals on 210,000 bank accounts that received a direct deposit of unemployment benefits.

How poverty impedes the cognitive function

Mani et al. say that poverty constrains a person’s mental capabilities.. Full paper here¬†(pdf).

Of productivity in France and in Germany

Piketty revisits the alleged economic asymmetry between Germany and France, showing that the level of productivity of the two economies is almost identical.

How the profound changes in economics make left versus right debates irrelevant

Eric Beinhocker argues that new economic thinking reframes old debates.

A basic income for all: dream or delusion? (video)

Fundamental shifts in the world of work are eroding traditional social safety nets. Could a universal basic income be the solution? Panel discussion from Davos WEF 2017.