J. Doyne Farmer on The Complexity Economics Revolution

Complexity | 26 March 2021 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with J. Doyne Farmer about ideas from his upcoming book The Complexity Economics Revolution. Discusses how ecology inspires novel forms of macroeconomics; how “bounded rationality” changes the narrative about rational self-interested economic actors; modelling markets with noise traders, value investors and trend followers as an ecological system; how leverage leads to greater instability; how new tools can help us predict emerging innovations and engineer a better banking system; the skewed incentives of science funding and venture capital; his take on cryptocurrencies; and more.

With Emergent Ventures, Tyler Cowen Puts Money Where His Mind Is

Access to Excellence Podcast | 4 May 2021 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen discussing Emergent Ventures, which funds big and unique ideas; the Fast Grants program helping to fight Covid-19; why having children can help fight climate change; and why he is bullish on the U.S. economy.

I came across this on The Valmy, a list of episodes curated by Peter Hartree – an excellent resource, especially if you like philosophy.

How Tech Adoption Fuels China’s Innovation Boom

HBR IdeaCast | 4 May 2021 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Zak Dychtwald about his HBR article China’s New Innovation Advantage. Explains that the perception of China as a copycat and not an innovator is outdated. Argues that the willingness of Chinese consumers to try new things is powering the country’s new innovation economy. Technology adoption rates in areas such as mobile payment are extremely high (90% in China versus 24% in US). Describes how non-Chinese companies can learn important lessons from this rapidly changing market and potentially use it to jump-start their own innovation.

Peter Thiel on Innovation and Stagnation

Conversations with Bill Kristol | 15 September 2014 | 1h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Peter Thiel discussing his experiences founding companies, why it’s worth challenging “what everyone knows” in business and politics, the state of technology and innovation, the criticality of economic progress to the American democracy, and the crisis in American higher education.

Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise

ChinaTalk | 9 April 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Rozelle about his book Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise, co-authored with Natalie Hell. Discusses how China’s 900 million-strong low-income population will decide China’s future development path; parallels with Mexico’s development; why it is easy to solve poverty but not low income; why local governments don’t spend enough on rural education and health; and how the relationship between academia and government has changed from the Hu Jintao-era to the Xi Jinping-era.

William Green on Richer, Wiser, Happier

Trend Following with Michael Covel | 26 April 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with William Green about his book Richer, Wiser, Happier: How the World’s Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life. Discusses the interviews he’s conducted over twenty-five years with many of the world’s greatest investors. Argues that the best investors can teach us not only how to become rich, but how to improve the way we think, reach decisions, assess risk, avoid costly errors, build resilience, and turn uncertainty to our advantage.

Economists Deirdre McCloskey and Art Carden on the Bourgeois Deal

The Well-Read Investor | 31 march 2021 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Deirdre McCloskey and Art Carden about their book Leave Me Alone and I’ll Make You Rich: How the Bourgeois Deal Enriched the World. Argues that human freedom drove the accelerating world prosperity in the era commencing with the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, and beyond.

Augustine Sedgewick on the Dark Empire of Coffee

Who Makes Cents? | 2 July 2020 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Augustine Sedgewick about his book Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug. Describes the labour, food and business practices that combined with imperialism to spread coffee around the world, transforming whole societies in the process.