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Daily NK releases ground-level report on General Markets in North Korea

August 22, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

Daily NK is proud to announce the release of a comprehensive report on the current state of North Korea’s market economy and the implications of proliferating marketization. The report marks the culmination of painstaking research efforts undertaken between 2014-2016 in collaboration with 32 specially-trained sources from North Korea, approximately one-third of whom independently reported from inside the country on conditions within their local General Markets.

The report, entitled " The Creation of the North Korean Market System ," provides a more detailed view than ever before of the extent of market activity occurring not just within the officially-sanctioned brick-and-mortar markets, […]

The Tenure Track Is Too Rigid to Help Diversity

August 21, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Universities should experiment with ways to hire more parents and other would-be professors who don’t have an inside track. Potential professors. Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images The brouhaha over the Google diversity memo has turned attention toward gender imbalance in other professions, including academia and economics. Over the last two weeks I’ve seen plenty of condemnations of discrimination, which is all to the good, but not enough consideration of the underlying incentive problems. So I’d like to make a radical suggestion for higher education, including at the elite levels: move away from the emphasis on tenure by elevating the pay […]

The world isn’t as flat as we thought: Mobility is key to closing economic divide

August 21, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

Long-term trends will change the global economy, putting unique strains on both large cities and outlying areas. PwC has identified five megatrends actively shaping our world: rapid urbanization, technological breakthroughs, shifts in global economic power, demographic and social change, and climate change. These trends combine to create a geographic and economic divide—booming cities that produce up to 90 percent of US GDP growth but grapple with spiraling housing prices, strained infrastructure, and outlying areas at risk of stagnation and brain-drain.

Mobility—the ease with which people, goods, and ideas can move from one location to another—is a powerful lever that all […]

TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS BRIEFING: GM explores on-demand rides and deliveries — Peloton’s plans to disrupt trucking — OTA updates coming to trucks

August 21, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

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Have feedback? We’d like to hear from you. Write me at: . GM PLOTS ITS FUTURE IN ON-DEMAND RIDES AND DELIVERIES: GM’s Maven car-sharing unit is expanding tests and partnerships in delivery, leasing, and on-demand vehicles, indicating that the company could eventually take on Uber and Lyft in providing on-demand rides, Reuters reports […]

An integrated perspective on the future of mobility

August 21, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Rolling along: Bicycles, mobility, and the future of cities

A number of social, economic, and technological trends will work together to disrupt mobility, potentially creating three new urban models by 2030.

To view a city from above is to observe a world in motion. Trains carry people to and from work; taxis circulate in abstract patterns; trucks deliver goods and carry away garbage; pedestrians hustle down city blocks ; cyclists zip through traffic. Mobility is the lifeblood of our cities and essential for urban life.

Yet, our desire for mobility has consequences: cities can be noisy, congested, and prone to smog . Far too many urban residents spend hours […]

Richard MacManus: What to do when AI takes your job

August 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Experts predict that AI will be able to drive a truck by 2027, work in retail by 2031, and work as a surgeon by 2053. AARON BERNSTEIN/REUTERS

OPINION: Artificial intelligence is never far away from the news in 2017, with most reports highlighting its dangers.

There’s no shortage of celebrity scaremongers, including Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. "If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be," he said recently. He added that AI presents "vastly more risk than North Korea".Well, not in the short term. AI is still decades away from attaining human-level intelligence – if it ever […]

Honest financing as a path to economic mobility and social justice

August 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Societal health can be assessed by a handful of factors: economic mobility (is the current generation earning more than their parents did?), upward mobility (the rate of which an individual can improve their own socioeconomic status), productivity (how efficiently one can earn income) and lastly, whether they have sufficient access to the resources and tools required to advance one’s position.

The last element, accessibility, is arguably one of the most important factors in a healthy society.

When an individual does not have access to the tools and/or resources necessary for their personal advancement, they’re left with two possible outcomes; they can […]

12 Data Tools to Help Americans Climb the Economic Ladder

August 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

In a 2014 report , the White House noted the immense potential of information available in large, public datasets to improve people’s lives. But these data are far too complex to use unless they’re filtered, curated, and presented in way that’s easy to grasp. To that end, the White House just kicked off its Opportunity Project , which offers several user-friendly data-based tools to help Americans gain knowledge they need to climb the economic ladder.

“Using this data, we can put transit stops where they’re needed, draw school boundaries more inclusively, invest in long-neglected sidewalks and streets, and ensure that […]

Caste and economic mobility in India

August 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

Caste networks play a crucial role in shaping economic mobility in India and can either support or hinder mobility, depending on the circumstances

The caste system is arguably the most distinctive feature of Indian society. The Indian population is divided into four hierarchical classes, or varnas , with a large sub-population of untouchables excluded entirely from the system. Within each of these classes, and among the untouchables, are thousands of castes, or jatis . The central rule in Hindu society is that individuals must marry within their own caste. Recent genetic evidence indicates that this rule has been followed for […]

N.J. social justice group: After Charlottesville, you must speak out! | Opinion

August 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

By Demelza Baer

Last Saturday, the nation watched with horror and trepidation as white supremacists from across the country descended on Charlottesville to protest the plan by local officials to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee.

Many of the white supremacists arrived brandishing flags and symbols of the Confederacy and Nazi Germany, openly bearing weapons, and shouting racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic chants. That day, one of the marchers allegedly drove his car into a large crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather D. Heyer, and injuring many others. That same day, two state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke […]