The environmental burden of the international job market for economists

Each year, the ‘international job market for economists’ involves over 1,000 junior candidates and several hundred recruiters from all over the world meeting for short pre-screening interviews at annual congresses in Europe and in the US, thus generating a momentous and avoidable global hypermobility. This column argues it is time to reassess this unsustainable recruitment system and estimates the carbon footprint of alternative systems.

Opening the black box of hospital mergers

Despite the current wave of US hospital mergers, it is unclear how they change behaviour and performance. This column ‘opens the black box’ of hospital practices by analysing a mega-merger between two for-profit chains. Benchmarking the merger’s actual effects against the acquirer’s stated aims, its shows that while the merger achieved some goals – harmonising electronic medical records and sending managers to target hospitals – it produced few gains in overall performance.

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