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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 →
economics | May 1st, 2016

New Videos: Douglas Rushkoff Dismantles the New Economy for Big Think

Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff surveys the modern economy and sees a broken machine, stubbornly plodding along on old software. We’re stuck in the past, he says, blindly following the outdated principle of “growth above all.” But we have the ability to change. In his latest book, Throwing Rocks at... Continue Reading →
economics | Apr 12th, 2016

For U.S. Poor, Geography Determines Longevity: Raj Chetty’s Health Inequality Study

Geography and life expectancy are linked—at least for America’s poorest people. A major new study released by The Health Inequality Project—led by Lavin speaker Raj Chetty, who acted as Corresponding Author and Principal Investigator—shows that where poor people live has a profound impact on how... Continue Reading →
economics | Mar 14th, 2016

First Look: Charles Wheelan’s New Book, Naked Money

Why is money worth any more than the paper it’s printed on? How does credit—buying with money that doesn’t truly exist—symbolize both economic fortitude and instability? And what happens when central banks—the institutions entrusted with keeping currencies and financial systems afloat—fail to do... Continue Reading →
economics | Mar 13th, 2016

AskASpeaker #10: Twitter Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff

On Thursday, March 10, we were joined by media theorist, documentarian, and world-renowned public intellectual Douglas Rushkoff for our 10th #AskASpeaker Q&A on Twitter. Rushkoff’s the author of numerous groundbreaking books, including Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, and Life Inc., but if... Continue Reading →
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