People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard

Freakonomics Radio | 20 December 2018 | 0h 57m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Good humoured interview with Richard Thaler about winning a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. Backgrounds behavioural economics. Describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being lazy; and his efforts to fix the world — one nudge at a time.

The Measure Of A Tragedy

The Indicator from Planet Money | 27 August 2018 | 0h 09m | Listen Later  | iTunes
The Venezuelan economy has collapsed after years of economic mismanagement and a deepening political crisis. Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, Ricardo Hausmann, has developed an indicator that captures the scale of the economic catastrophe.

Earning Your Stripes: Patrick Collison

The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish | 2 May 2018 | 1h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of Stripe, the leading online payment processing company. Brilliant throughout, with insights on success, failure, management, decision making, learning and much more. A masterclass in how to think.

The Math Wizard Who Became a Customer Loyalty Scheme Guru

FT Alphachat | 14 December 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Gary Loveman, who went from Harvard economist to Harrah’s gambling chain CEO to health insurer CEO. Insights on using data science for better decision making, understanding what customers value to drive loyalty, and aligning incentives in health care.

Matt Ridley and The Evolution of Everything

The Seen and the Unseen | 26 November 2018 | 1h 16m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley. Seamlessly links together the key ideas in The Evolution of Everything, which makes the case for the bottom-up emergence of order where we typically perceive a top-down process.
This distils the thinking of the author who has most changed my understanding of how the world works. Be prepared to listen at a slower speed. It’s worth it.

The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization

Context with Brad Harris | 12 December 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Ward-Perkins, author of The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization. Interesting discussion of the evidence from pottery, coinage, livestock size and pollution that living standards collapsed with the fall of Rome and the consequent loss of economic and social complexity.

Is the Protestant Work Ethic Real?

Freakonomics Radio | 6 July 2018 | 0h 40m | Listen Later  | iTunes
In the early 20th century, Max Weber argued that Protestantism created wealth. Finally, there are data to appraise whether he was right. All it took were some missionary experiments in the Philippines and a clever map-matching trick that goes back to 16th-century Germany.

Housing Affordability: Top-Down Design and Spontaneous Order

The Success Project – Development Research Institute | 12 January 2016 | 0h 26m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Alain Bertaud discussing how solutions to creating more affordable housing can arise spontaneously and independent of top-down government planning. Sets out what cities that rely less on planning teach us about the right role for government in improving housing affordability and development overall.