Scott Reynolds Nelson on Oceans of Grain

Eat This Podcast | 20 June 2022 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Eat This Podcast | 27 June 2022 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Eat This Podcast | 4 July 2022 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Three-part interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson about his book Oceans of Grain. Discusses the various ways in which the ability to move wheat more efficiently changed world history, geography and economics; the various financial innovations developed to facilitate the grain trade; and the history of empires taxing and controlling the movement of grain as an exercise of political and commercial power.

I read this book after listening to the Meb Faber episode. It is an excellent read, framing world history through the lens of grain trading, generating numerous insights along the way.

Wage Stagnation and Income Risk

Risk Talking | 8 September 2022 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Fatih Guvenen discussing his research with tax data on US wage trends over time, destroying myths of rising within-firm inequality, rising income risk, the immunity of the top 1%, and the usefulness of assumed normal distributions.

Oded Galor on The Journey of Humanity

Top Traders Unplugged | 14 September 2022 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Oded Galor about his book The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality. Discusses unified growth theory; the historical roots of inequality in geography, culture, and human diversity; the Malthusian trap; and the costs and benefits of diversity for a society.

Brad DeLong on Slouching Towards Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 5 September 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Brad DeLong about his book Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century. Discusses the competing political and economic systems that dominated the “long 20th century” from 1870 to 2010, and how we managed to create such enormous wealth and still be left with such intractable problems.

Marian Tupy & Gale Pooley on Superabundance

The Michael Shermer Show | 30 August 2022 | 1h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marian Tupy and Gale Pooley about their book Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet. Discusses the evidence that resource abundance increases faster than population – with the average human being creating more value than they consume.

Matt Stoller – Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy

New Books in Economics | 3 August 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Stoller about his book Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy. Traces the development and then unwinding of protections against concentrated financial power in the United States, arguing that concentrated financial power leads to populism and authoritarianism.

Kenneth Pomeranz on The Great Divergence

Scientific Sense | 19 November 2021 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kenneth Pomeranz about his book The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. Considers why sustained industrial growth got started in Northwest Europe. Backgrounds that living standards were similar in Europe and East Asia as late as 1750. Argues that the fortuitous location of British coal combined with New World primary products to catalyse population growth and specialisation in manufacturing.

I recommend the Five Books interview with Davis Kedrosky on the best books about The Great Divergence (and his Substack).