What are we reading? September 17, 2020

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


 

Hayley Woodin, reporter:

Fair Worker Center president David Rolf calls it the “$2.5 trillion theft.” A new study illustrates just how far worker salaries have fallen behind relative to GDP gains in the world’s largest economy. – Fast Company

https://www.fastcompany.com/90550015/we-were-shocked-rand-study-uncovers-massive-income-shift-to-the-top-1 

 

After sharing the article above, WSJ columnist Christopher Mims shared this post, which discusses the flaws of studies like the one above. Economist Russ Roberts argues that claims no one except the 1% has made economic progress are wrong. – Medium (Note: this is an older post)

https://medium.com/@russroberts/do-the-rich-capture-all-the-gains-from-economic-growth-c96d93101f9c 

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

For the first time in its 175-year-history, prestigious science journal Scientific American has endorsed a presidential candidate. – Scientific American

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientific-american-endorses-joe-biden/

 

The dark side of “techno-optimism”: with some deft help from the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has been swiftly eroding the barriers between work and home life. – The Walrus

https://thewalrus.ca/are-we-ever-offline-anymore/

 

Emma Crawford Hampel:

How the U.S. government lost its mind: the answer is more complicated than just “Trump.” – The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/09/how-government-lost-its-mind/616346/