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economics | Oct 30th, 2019

How Technical Debt Threatens a Nation: Annie Lowrey Explores the Crippling Problem in America’s Infrastructure

Climate disasters, like the California fires currently displacing hundreds of thousands of people, are revealing an insidious problem of toxic debt embedded into the framework of our communities. Annie Lowrey explores the high cost of maintaining the status quo in her new article for The Atlantic.... Continue Reading →
economics | Sep 24th, 2019

What Does WeWork’s Spiral Mean for the Future of Consumer Tech? Derek Thompson Explores for The Atlantic.

Though the case of WeWork—a company poised to go public before a sharp, unexpected decline in its valuation—appears as a “one-of-a-kind spectacle,” according to Derek Thompson the underlying narrative is more familiar than we think.  “If you wake up on a Casper mattress, hail a Lyft to get to your... Continue Reading →
economics | Aug 1st, 2019

Save Tomorrow, Tomorrow: Schlomo Benartzi’s TED Talk Picked as One of the “5 Best on Money” by Yahoo! Finance

People seeking information on how to improve their finances often turn to the Internet for help over the advice of a professional. Yahoo! Finance has compiled a list of the most beneficial TED talks on money and included in the round-up is economist and Lavin speaker Shlomo Benartzi.   Save More... Continue Reading →
economics | Jul 29th, 2019

“More Money Than Anyone Imagined”: Atlantic Writer Annie Lowrey Explains Why the Tech Bubble Never Burst

Years ago, journalists and pundits were warning about the tech bubble. But unlike the dot-com explosion before it, the tech bubble never burst. It simply faded from public consciousness, as investors continued to invest. Atlantic writer Annie Lowrey explains what happened.   “Back then, the... Continue Reading →
economics | Jul 12th, 2019

Lavin Speaker Daron Acemoglu Awarded MIT’s Highest Faculty Honor

Economist Daron Acemoglu has produced influential research in government, innovation, labor, and globalization. Thanks to his groundbreaking contributions to the field, this year Acemoglu has been named Institute Professor, the highest faculty honor awarded by MIT.   Daron Acemoglu has spent over... Continue Reading →
economics | Jun 25th, 2019

“Economist in a League of His Own”: Lavin Speaker Daron Acemoglu Wins the 2019 Global Economy Prize

The Global Economy Prize has been awarded by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and its partners since 2005, honoring those who have pioneered “creative and path-breaking” globalization initiatives in politics, business, and science. This year, it recognizes the outstanding contribution of... Continue Reading →
economics | Mar 15th, 2019

Forbes editor Randall Lane Reimagines Capitalism in His “Billionaires” Cover Story

“For the past year I’ve had one-on-one discussions with no fewer than two dozen billionaires, including face-to-face meetings with the three richest people in the world—Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet—touching on various aspects of capitalism’s future,” says Forbes editor Randall Lane in... Continue Reading →
economics | Jul 10th, 2018

Annie Lowrey’s New Book About Universal Basic Income Starts Unexpected Conversations About The Future of Work

Inequality is rising. Poverty is persisting. Technology is rendering humans obsolete. According to many politicians, scientists and economists all over the world, the key to fixing this is a Universal Basic Income—a stipend given to every citizen. Annie Lowrey, contributing editor for The Atlantic,... Continue Reading →
economics | Nov 29th, 2016

Where Do We Really Stand on Hot-Button Issues? Just Ask Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute

Which issues—political, economic, or cultural—do we really care about in 2016? In lively talks, and with a down-to-earth “kitchen table” approach, Angus Reid Executive Director Shachi Kurl tells us what we truly think—and where we’re headed.  Kurl has her finger firmly on the pulse of public... Continue Reading →
economics | Jun 8th, 2016

Bad Paper: Jake Halpern Explains Debt Buying on Last Week Tonight

This past Sunday night, John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, bought up and forgave an unprecedented $15 million worth of medical debt. The historic giveaway came at the end of an extensive and informative segment on debt buying—which featured two clips of one of Lavin’s debt experts, and... Continue Reading →
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