James Robinson on Why Nations Fail

Social Science Bites | 3 December 2018 | 0h 18m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with James Robinson, co-author of “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.” Considers and refutes traditional explanations for the inequality between rich and poor countries. Makes the case for inclusive institutions being critical to creating economic success.

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations by David Landes

Context with Brad Harris | 27 June 2018 | 0h 36m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Review of “The Wealth and Poverty of Nations” by David Landes, published in 1998. Landes argued that historically unique cultural values of curiosity, novelty, and private property empowered European society to lead the modern world; a history that offers invaluable lessons for our own time.