About Vikram @mansharamani
Vikram Mansharamani is a lecturer at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is also the author of “Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst” and is a regular commentator in the financial and business media.
Vikram’s Recent Stories
Economy Dec 08Column: Cyber systems can both nourish and poison us. We need to focus on the latter
The same technologies that enable us to rapidly order an Uber or to instantaneously download the latest book by Michael Lewis can also empty our bank accounts or steal our identities.
Economy Dec 01Column: What Italy’s referendum means for the European Union
This weekend, Italians will vote on constitutional changes proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. And although the vote is technically about reforms the 41-year-old former Mayor of Florence wants to implement, Italians no longer see it that way. It's now…
Economy Nov 23Column: The shocking amount of leftover turkey that ends up in landfills
The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects a shocking 35 percent of turkey meat does not get eaten during Thanksgiving. Where does it go? Into trash cans.
Economy Nov 17Column: Our infrastructure is in disrepair. Will Trump invest in it?
Investing in infrastructure could give the economy a much needed and almost immediate boost during a time of stubbornly low growth.
Economy Nov 04Column: Is the military’s unpredictable budget leading to a readiness crisis?
The United States may spend more money on its military than any other country in the world, but the Pentagon’s budget has suffered from a lack of predictability.
Economy Oct 27Column: With its currency woes, will Nigeria let market forces do their job?
Nigerian President Muhammudu Buhari has tried to control the currency market rather than allowing market forces to fully determine foreign exchange rates. But there are also signs of market liberalization.
Economy Oct 21Column: What shadow economies cost us in dollars and lives
We tend to think of markets as the open, above-ground institutions described in economics classes. But we miss a lot by ignoring the shadow economies that exist all over the world.
Economy Oct 11Column: Could Hurricane Matthew turn the tide in Florida’s voting?
The relationship between weather and turnout is proportional: the more extreme the weather, the more extreme its impact on turnout.
Economy Oct 06Column: This South Korean shipping company’s collapse could affect you
The potential ripples of this far-off event are a useful reminder of how interconnected our daily lives are with global developments.
Economy Sep 30Column: What’s missing in our economy? Inflation
Quantitative easing and other unconventional policies should have produced extraordinary inflation, quite possibly even hyperinflation. So what's going on?…