Setting up your own firm for a firm experiment (World Bank blogs)

The typical approach to examining how workers, consumers, or governments interact with a firm has been for researchers to find a willing firm owner and convince them to run experiments. Examples include Bandiera et al. working with a UK fruit-farmer to test different payment incentives for immigrant workers; Bloom et al. working with a Chinese travel agency to test the effect of letting workers work from home; and Adhvaryu et al. working with an Indian garment firm to measure impacts of soft-skills training for workers and of introducing LED-lighting. However, finding/persuading a firm to do the experiment that a researcher would like to do can be hard, with many of these existing samples coming about through a researcher having a former student or relative who runs one of these firms.


Towards a Reskilling Revolution: Industry-Led Action for the Future of Work (WEF)

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts skills, tasks and jobs, there is growing concern that both job displacement and talent shortages will impact business dynamism and societal cohesion. A proactive and strategic effort is needed on the part of all relevant stakeholders to manage reskilling and upskilling to mitigate against both job losses and talent shortages.

Moon’s popularity wanes as South Korea’s economy stalls (East Asia Forum)

South Korean politics is spinning once again as President Moon Jae-in’s approval ratings continue to decline sharply. An offspring of the candlelight revolution, the Moon government has enjoyed exceptionally high popularity for a relatively long time based on three pillars — a strong sense of political legitimacy, domestic reform of ‘past accumulated evils’ and diplomatic missions aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.

Moon’s popularity wanes as South Korea’s economy stalls

Author: Kim Kee-seok, Kangwon National University

Indian Muslims: A Valuable Prize for Regional Rivals (BESA Center)

The hearts and minds of Indian Muslims would be a valuable prize for Saudi Arabia and Turkey as they vie for leadership of the Muslim world. This is particularly true in the wake of the October 2 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which catapulted the rivalry to center stage.