Abhas Jha’s Newsletter

Abhas K. Jha
Analysing public policy through the lens of economics, technology, and history.
Created 13 Jul 2020
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  • Recommended Links-October 1, 2021
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Read: Is Going to the Office a Broken Way of Working? A conversation with Chris Herd, who foresees a future in which most companies are remote-first. [via the New Yorker] Read: Daniel Kahneman: How Co...
  • A Curated List of My Favorite World Bank Research
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository and Open Data Repository are treasure troves for policy and decision-makers as well as researchers. Every single piece of research funded by the World Bank is ...
  • Recommended Links-September 17, 2021
    16 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Predictions on Likely Trends on Remote Work [via Chris Herd] What is China’s tech crackdown really about? [via Odd Lots] The top 10 futuristic EVs at Germany’s biggest auto show. The fascinating role ...
  • Reading Recommendations -September 10
    10 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Learning from the urban past: by Ed Glaeser, Harvard University. From infrastructure to institutional development, the histories of the world’s largest cities provide key lessons for those in developi...
  • My Top 20 List of Books on Economic Growth, Globalization and Poverty Reduction
    09 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Economist Bob Lucas said that “Once you start thinking about (growth), it’s hard to think about anything else.” Here is my list of 20 favorite books [in two parts due to Substack length restrictions] ...
  • Weekend Recommendations September 4, 2021
    04 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Interesting links for your long Labor Day weekend. Enjoy! Read: I’m a Luddite. You should be one too. Today the term is mostly lobbed as an insult. [via The Conversation] Read:The big tech quest to fi...
  • A Deep Dive Into Blockchain, Crypto, NFTs and CBDCs
    01 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    I have been following blockchain technology and its applications for about five years now. The news of the $69 million sale of a Non-Funglible Token [NFT] artwork by the artist Beeple [photo below] fo...
  • Reading Recommendations August 30, 2021
    30 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Visualizing the Critical Metals in a Smartphone: Smartphones can contain ~80% of the stable elements on the periodic table. This graphic details the critical metals you carry in your pocket [via Visua...
  • Afghanistan: A Curated List
    23 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 7 0
    As we watch, with sadness and shock, the unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan, this is a good time to take stock of what lessons we can draw from history and economics. Opinions expressed below do not ref...
  • Weekend Reading, Watching and Listening Recommendations (August 20, 2021)
    19 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Read: The Korean Way With Data: How the World’s Most Wired Country Is Forging a Third Way: Excellent new report from the Carnegie Endowment Read: SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined:...
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