Weekend Reading, Watching and Listening Recommendations (September 11, 2020)
The Developing World Could Come Out of the Pandemic Ahead; Steven Levitt interviews Steven Pinker; The Spanish Flu & How The World Recovered (1918-1929): The World’s Most Valuable Start-ups
Read: The Developing World Could Come Out of the Pandemic Ahead. Thanks to favorable demographics, digitization efforts, and quicker health responses, many countries of the global south are faring better than their wealthy counterparts. [From Foreign Policy]
Read: Which Past Is Prologue? Heeding the Right Warnings From History by eminent historian Margaret MacMillan [From Foreign Affairs]
Read: Air conditioning technology is the great missed opportunity in the fight against climate change. Soaring AC demand will threaten our power grids and accelerate global warming – unless we begin making major changes soon. [From the MIT Technology Review]
Listen: UChicago economist Steven Levitt interviews Harvard psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker. The self-declared “polite Canadian” has managed to enrage people on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Steve Levitt tries to understand why.
Listen: The climate impact of redlining. Systemic racism embodied in 1930’s New Deal housing policy still has environmental justice implications today, where formerly redlined communities are hotter and more dangerous than other neighborhoods. A Green New Deal must provide a just transition to avoid similar inequity in the future.
Chart of the Week: The World’s Most Valuable Start-ups
Watch: The Spanish Flu & How The World Recovered (1918-1929)
Watch: What Is Wrong With Globalization: In INET’s “Economics For People” series, Ha-Joon Chang explains the backlash to globalization.