Personas fallecidas por Covid-19 en Estados Unidos

Cuando eran 100.000. Ahora son 745.000 personas fallecidas por Covid-19 en Estados Unidos, y sumando 1.500 cada día. Es sobrecogedor pararse a leer algunas de las pequeñas reseñas que aparecieron aquél día de mayo de 2020 en The New York Times. Cada una de esos nombres era una persona con familiares, amigos, hijos, un pasado … En definitiva, eran personas, y eran 100.000 personas. Ahora son 745.000 sólo en Estados Unidos. En España son más de 87.000. Cifras escalofriantes, porque detrás de cada número hay una persona. The New York Times

El techo de vacunación

¿Por qué en todos los paises se está produciendo un techo de vacunación? Que empuja a un porcentaje nada desdeñable de la población a asumir el riesgo de contraer con efectos mortales una enfermedad para la que se dispone de vacuna?   […]It is one of the conundrums of the current phase of the Covid pandemic: the UK has among the highest number of infections across the world and a death toll that continues to steadily climb, yet the national mood seems sanguine. So is this down to British stoicism, a Keep Calm and Carry on mentality?[…]   The Guardian

Estados Unidos se está quedando sin suministros

[…] The U.S. economy isn’t yet experiencing a downturn akin to the 1970s period of stagflation. This is something different, and quite strange. Americans are settling into a new phase of the pandemic economy, in which GDP is growing but we’re also suffering from a dearth of a shocking array of things—test kits, car parts, semiconductors, ships, shipping containers, workers. This is the Everything Shortage.[…] America Is Running Out of Everything

Premio Nobel de Economía de 2021

[…] Using natural experiments, David Card has analysed the labour market effects of minimum wages, immigration and education. His studies from the early 1990s challenged conventional wisdom, leading to new analyses and additional insights. The results showed, among other things, that increasing the minimum wage does not necessarily lead to fewer jobs.[…] The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021

Empresas demasiado grandes

El gobierno chino no está permitiendo que las empresas tecnológica del país alcancen un tamaño excesivamente grande y aun menos una posición de monopolio que amenacen la autonomía del gobierno. […] Whenever Chinese tech giants became too big for their boots, they belatedly learned that no one in China is bigger than the Communist party. Just to emphasise that point, regulators brutally torpedoed the huge stock market listing of Ant Group. And when Didi Chuxing (the ride-hailing company that bought Uber China) had the temerity to proceed with a flotation in the US, its software was banned from app stores in China. Everyone else got the message. […] China is cutting its tech giants down to size. Should the west learn from this? | John Naughton Xi Jinping has grasped a fundamental truth in his quest