How WhatsApp Broke Lebanon

The Indicator from Planet Money | 28 September 2021 | 0h 9m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Backgrounds why Lebanon’s economy is in freefall, which the World Bank has called one of the worst financial crises in a century. Reviews Lebanon’s optimistic years; zooms in on a key decision that started this house of cards; and draws lessons about booms and busts in general.

Robert Axelrod on Why Being Nice, Forgiving, and Provokable are the Best Strategies for Life

People I (Mostly) Admire | 2 October 2021 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Robert Axelrod about the prisoner’s dilemma and the ways humans can cooperate, or betray each other, for their own benefit. Discusses the tournaments Axelrod ran to evaluate alternative strategies for playing iterated prisoner’s dilemma games and the implications for real-world situations. Draws from his book The Evolution of Cooperation.

The Long Economic Shadow of World War II in Europe

The Economic History Podcast | 1 October 2021 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tamás Vonyó arguing that the long-run variation in the postwar performance of European economies is mainly due to the deleterious effects of WWII rather than communism versus market economies. Discusses the comparative wartime destruction across regions using his “5 D’s” framework; contrasts the growth experiences of Western Europe and Eastern Europe with these initial starting points; revisits the 1980s collapse of the Eastern Bloc, reconsidering the role of factor inputs as a cause of socialism’s failure rather than productivity/innovation deficiencies.

David Henderson on the Essential UCLA School of Economics

EconTalk | 20 September 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with David Henderson about his book The Essential UCLA School of Economics (co-authored with Steve Globerman). Describes the work of Armen Alchian and Harold Demsetz, who both saw economics as a powerful tool for understanding human behavior and how the world works.

Edward Glaeser Explains Why Some Cities Thrive While Others Fade Away

People I (Mostly) Admire | 11 September 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Edward Glaeser about his book Survival of the City: Living and Thriving in an Age of Isolation, co-authored with David Cutler. Discusses the effects of lockdowns, why the slums of Mumbai function so well, why high-quality housing in China sits empty, and why declining cities hang on for so long.

The Great Enrichment

The Economic History Podcast | 16 September 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Deirdre McCloskey discussing her books which attempt to explain what she coined ‘The Great Enrichment’. Covers the use of language in economics, the potentially overstated role of physical capital, how liberalism spawned innovation and fostered ideas, and compares historical living standards.

All You Need Is Nudge

Freakonomics Radio | 9 September 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Richard Thaler about his book Nudge: The Final Edition co-authored with Cass Sunstein). Discusses behavioural economics; how nudge theory held up in the face of a global financial meltdown, a pandemic, and other existential crises; and argues that nudging is more relevant today than ever.

The Great Turnaround

The New Bazaar | 12 August 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Peter Blair Henry about his book Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth and the paper The Baker Hypothesis co-authored with Anusha Chari and Hector Reyes. Discusses his understanding of how developing countries can become more prosperous, lift more people out of poverty, and give their citizens better choices for how to work and live. Also covers the “degrowth” movement, the tricky balance between market-friendly policies and the role of government, and the evolution of economics. Also shares his personal experience of an economic catastrophe in his native Jamaica, which forced his family to uproot when he was young, which set him on his career path.

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