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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC ACCESS
A narrow gap
According to a new study by the Bank of International Settlements, income inequality reduces the number of jobs created by small businesses. Based on 40 years of US data, researchers found that rising inequality hit small businesses harder than larger ones when it comes to employment numbers. Via Bank of International Settlements
Weak purchasing power
Home prices in the US continue to dramatically outpace wages. Is the American dream dead? Via Mike Zaccardi
Gross merchandise value (GMV) is expected to soar in short-term e-commerce. It’s common to see these predictions for western markets, especially post-pandemic. But we don’t get nearly as much insight in Asian markets though. E-commerce is an unstoppable global force. Via e-Conomy SEA 2020 Report
DEPARTMENT OF MEDIA
Amazon’s purchase of MGM last week brought the issue of media ownership back into the spotlight. The takeaway is clear: big media is owned by fewer and fewer major players. Via Vox
With consolidation in the industry, fewer players have more power to acquire new titles. Parrot Analytics has a great selection of charts looking at how Japanese anime series get chosen for US and international platforms. Data, above anything else, is driving what we get to see on the big streaming platforms. Via Parrot Analytics
Think of the creator
There is more content than ever and that is actually a good thing for creators. The Economist finds that streaming platforms like Spotify are now competing to get creator content. Could this shift change the fortunes of millions of creators that are used to getting paid little for their work? Via The Economist
I saw it online
A great geographic breakdown of where influencers have the most sway over actual consumer decisions. I spotted the influencer marketing opportunity back in 2009, when I founded PeerIndex. It was a much more simple time: influencers back then were, in our mind, very thoughtful trusted experts. How the market matures. Via Statista
DEPARTMENT OF AI
Data centre workhorses
Nvidia’s revenue growth has simply been nuts over the past few years. The fastest growing market is their data-centre business serving all those ML workloads. Via Next Platform
The robodoc will see you now
Investment in AI-enriched healthcare systems increased sharply during the pandemic. Via FT
You can count on me?
Do you have someone to call on in times of need? This chart shows where people respond yes and no. Tough times in the Central African Republic, to be sure. Via Max Roser
Some great data on venture capital fund returns since 2007. recent vintages appear to be doing rather well, with larger funds outperforming smaller ones. Via Pitchbook
The shortage age
In the era of shortage, China’s birth rate has fallen to lows not seen since 1961. Will the government’s change on the number of children citizens can have change the direction of this chart? Via Bloomberg
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