Writing & Projects

My name is Walter Frick and you can learn more about my background on the About page. Here are a few of the topics I’m interested in and some examples of my work:

Decision-making, prediction, and algorithms

What a study of video games can tell us about being better decision makers, Quartz ($)

Use this tool to overcome the biggest decision-making mistake, Quartz

What Research Tells Us About Making Accurate Predictions, HBR

Question Certainty, HBR

3 Ways to Make Better Decisions, HBR

Why I think the Vox crew is too cynical about bias and belief, blog

Here’s Why People Trust Human Judgment Over Algorithms, HBR

When Your Boss Wears Metal Pants, HBR

Entrepreneurship and innovation policy

Welfare Makes America More Entrepreneurial, The Atlantic

Why Cutting Taxes Won’t Make America More Innovative, HBR

Research: Want More Entrepreneurs? Make College Cheaper, HBR

If Your Kids Get Free Health Care, You’re More Likely to Start a Company, HBR

How France Used Unemployment Benefits to Kickstart Entrepreneurship, HBR

Obama Push on Advanced Manufacturing Stirs Economic Debate, MIT Technology Review


Corporations in the Age of Inequality, HBR (edited)

Competition is on the Decline and It’s Fueling Inequality, HBR (interview with Jason Furman)

Understanding the Debate Over Inequality, Skills, and the Rise of the 1%, HBR

Corporate Inequality is the Defining Fact of Business Today, HBR

Do CEOs Really Have the Power to Raise Wages?, HBR

Are Successful CEOs Just Lucky?, HBR

Industry concentration, superstar firms, and market power

Software is Helping Big Companies Dominate, HBR

Making Sense of Our Very Competitive, Super Monopolistic Economy, HBR

A reading list on market power, superstar firms, and inequality, blog

Research: The Rise of Superstar Firms Has Been Better for Investors than for Employees, HBR (edited)

A Study of 16 Countries Shows That the Most Productive Firms (and Their Employees) Are Pulling Away from Everyone Else, HBR (edited)

Is Lack of Competition Strangling the U.S. Economy? HBR (edited)

The single, simple rule change that could force tech platforms to compete, Quartz

Why industries don’t get disrupted like they used to, Quartz

Future of media

Why AI Can’t Write This Article (Yet), HBR

Hacking consensus: How we can build better arguments online, Nieman Lab

Not just for news: HBR’s evergreen approach to newsletters, Digital Content Next

Machine learning and AI

Prediction Machines book, (edited)

The Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence, HBR (edited)

Andrew Ng: What AI Can and Can’t Do, HBR (edited)

A Guide to Solving Social Problems with Machine Learning, HBR (edited)

How AI Fits Into Your Data Science Team, HBR (interview with Hilary Mason)

How to Spot a Machine Learning Opportunity Even if You’re Not a Data Scientist, HBR (edited)

Managing Data Science (newsletter)