Alessandra Cassar: Female Competitiveness, Cooperative Breeding, and Market Development

The Dissenter | 3 April 2023 | 2h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alessandra Cassar discussing female competitiveness and what motivates it; sex differences in competitiveness, and their effects in the workplace and the job market; the evolution of prosociality anchored to human cooperative breeding; how civil conflict affects trust and market development; the effects of natural disasters on altruism; how microfinancing works, and how social capital applies to it; the role of goals, incentives, and support groups in the success of microentrepreneurs; what financial exclusion is; and networked markets.

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Remembering Robert Lucas

The Indicator from Planet Money | 19 May 2023 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Robert Lucas has died at 85 (The Economist obituary). This episode remembers Lucas and his legacy, especially his influential “Lucas critique” that argued economic policy must take into account people’s expectations and decisions in reaction to the policy.

EconTalk | 5 February 2007 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Spotify
2007 interview with Robert Lucas discussing wealth and poverty, what affects living standards around the world and over time, the causes of business cycles and the role of money in our economy, Jane Jacobs, immigration, and Milton Friedman’s influence on his career.

See also Noah Smith’s farewell to Robert Lucas.

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The History of Bell Labs With Jon Gertner

FourWeekMBA | 2 March 2023 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jon Gertner about his book The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation. Discusses the history of Bell Labs, digging into the factors responsible for its role as an incubator of innovation and birthplace of many influential technologies.

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Bruce Caldwell: The Life and Ideas of F.A. Hayek

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis | 18 January 2023 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bruce Caldwell about his book Hayek: A Life, 1899–1950, co-authored with Hansjoerg Klausinger. Discusses the first five decades of Hayek’s life and work, covering his early career in Vienna, his relationships in London and Cambridge, especially with Keynes, his defence of classical liberalism, writing The Road to Serfdom, and of the founding meeting of the Mont Pèlerin Society.

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The Bubble Triangle feat. William Quinn

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 3 May 2023 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with William Quinn about his book Boom and Bust: A Global History of Financial Bubbles, co-authored with John Turner. Discusses the “bubble triangle – the three conditions that must be in place for a boom, how media narratives shape bubbles, and historical bubbles that have gone overlooked.

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The New Science of Political Economy featuring James Robinson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 26 April 2023 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James Robinson about his books Why Nations Fail and The Narrow Corridor, co-authored with Daron Acemoglu. Explores the correlation between inclusive political institutions and economic growth and prosperity and why the absence of state capacity in developing nations is a major contributing factor to their economic struggles. Highlights the necessity for a genuine debate on whether strong governments and effective state institutions facilitate or stifle independence and innovation.

See also the James Robinson interviews with The Good Fight and Social Science Bites and the Rocking Our Priors interview with Daron Acemoglu.

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So Much of the World Economy Has Been Going in Reverse

Odd Lots | 17 April 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Henry Williams and David Oks about their article The Long, Slow Death of Global Development. Backgrounds that while the world has got richer, many countries around the world have seen stagnation or outright reversal – particularly once you exclude East Asia. Argues that traditional development models, particularly those built around manufacturing, have failed much of the world, with little prospect of improvement anytime soon.

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