What Did Acemoglu Get Wrong?

Rocking Our Priors | 28 July 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Daron Acemoglu and Alice Evans discuss what (if anything) Acemoglu got wrong in his books and papers on political economy, whether democracy is really good for growth at low levels of development, the role of religion in economic development, whether culture shapes institutions, whether wages are socially determined, and whether climate breakdown is making him more of a geographical determinist.

Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin on How the World Became Rich

GrowthChat | 2 May 2022 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin about their book How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Economic Growth. Discusses the many theories of why modern economic growth happened when and where it did; how the past can provide a guide for how countries can escape poverty; and how a society’s past, its institutions and culture play a key role in shaping how it develops.

I recommend Davis Kedrosky’s review of How the World Became Rich.

Why Do Men Rule the World? with Dr. Alice Evans

Factually! with Adam Conover | 23 March 2022 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alice Evans about ideas from her forthcoming book The Great Gender Divergence. Explains how male governance springs from systems of inheritance, why matrilineal systems tend to convert to patrilineal ones, and why we’re seeing progress on gender equality around the world.

The Road to Peace and Prosperity: A Conversation with Barry Weingast

The Governance Podcast | 31 October 2018 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Barry Weingast about his book Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History, co-authored with Douglass C. North and John Joseph Wallis. Argues that developing countries are often held back by the need to privilege some actors in order to forestall violence.

Axel Kaiser: Political and Economic Changes in Chile

The Human Progress Podcast | 11 March 2022 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Axel Kaiser discussing the transformation of Chile’s economy from statist central planning to embracing economic freedom: opening the economy to free trade, removing import taxes, privatising state-run companies, stabilising inflation, creating an independent central bank, freeing prices and privatising social security.

Lant Pritchett on Where Did Development Economics Go Wrong?

Ideas of India | 17 March 2022 | 1h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lant Pritchett about economic convergence, academic scepticism about growth, problems with randomised control trials, flawed methodologies in development economics, the shortcomings of India’s educational system and much more.

Prosperity Through Innovation

Ideas Untrapped | 4 November 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Efosa Ojomo about his book The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations out of Poverty, co-authored with Karen Dillon and Clayton Christensen. Argues that economic development happens when businesses innovate by creating a previously non-existent market. Discusses why the development community have shunned this message and how to get the incentives right for stakeholders in the process of economic development.

Shrayana Bhattacharya on Women and the Indian Economy

Ideas of India | 3 February 2022 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Shrayana Bhattacharya about her book Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh: India’s Lonely Young Women and the Search for Intimacy and Independence. Insights on India’s economic and social liberalisation from the lives of ten Indian women, all fans of Hindi film idol Shah Rukh Khan, a post-liberalisation icon. Discusses the impediments to Indian women’s economic and social progress.

I’ve devoured this book since listening to this episode. It is extraordinarily good, with rich insights on life in India; its economy; and the frustrations of women wanting love, appreciation and equality from men.