Weekly reading list

I will start curating a reading list featuring the best articles or research pieces that I encounter in a week. It was an idea that came from a long-time academic friend. And why not? I read a lot of stuff and I would be more than happy to share with all the readers a short list of things that are worth your time!

 

  1. An article in eFinancial careers about how people are working long hours in investment banking. So long that some employees refrain from drinking water so that they don’t waste time going to the toilet. This could have been one of the many articles on how businesses are pushing people to work until exhaustion. However, this has something interesting in it. It claims that employees are complacent with this culture and that is the people who allegedly subside themselves to a toxic organisational culture.
  2. We live pretty much in odd times. Digital labour markets are becoming more and more popular and this transfers the social risk from the state to the citizen. Disposable is one of the words I would use to characterize how people are treated on these platforms. A cogent article in LSE Business review offers a nuanced view on the rise and future of these platforms.
  3. Found this gem on Andrew Gelman’s website, an article about why we should not pay so much attention to statistical significance. We should have a more active discussion around how we use quantitative methods and, more importantly, how they are taught in universities. So far, I must admit that quant courses tend to be uncritical while critical courses tend to be ignorant. But how do we draw a fine balance and bring together people from different domains to hold a non-polemic discussion? Academia is way too divided and people feel too comfortable in their own silos.

Free stuff from the Internet

An interesting  free webinar on data science and gerrymandering organised by Princeton and The Data Incubator.

What am I up to this week?

Reading “Media and Power in Post-Soviet Russia” by Ivan Zasurskii, a book that goes beyond the historical and geographical context. A book that has some wisdom about how mass media operates that could easily be applied to our comfortable, democratic space.