The Future and History of Economic Growth – what caught my eye this week: Revised forecasts for the world economy, productivity growth from teleworking, and much more…

The OECD published revised forecasts for the world economy and individual countries:

http://www.oecd.org/economic-outlook

Are there productivity gains from teleworking? Interesting throughout:

http://www.oecd.org/coronavirus/policy-responses/productivity-gains-from-teleworking-in-the-post-covid-19-era-a5d52e99

Changes in U.S. real average hourly earnings from June 2009 to December 2019:

https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2020/article/exploring-changes-in-real-average-hourly-earnings-june-2009-to-december-2019.htm

Do we need a “science of progress”? (a piece from 2019 by Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowen):

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/we-need-new-science-progress/594946

“Economic growth and productivity – Italy and the role of knowledge”: Speech by Mr Ignazio Visco, Governor of the Bank of Italy. Very interesting!

https://www.bis.org/review/r200908a.htm

There is a large and fierce public debate on so-called “zombie” firms (firms that are unprofitable but nevertheless remain in the market). A new BIS working paper on this issue: “Corporate zombies: Anatomy and life cycle”

https://www.bis.org/publ/work882.htm

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