Singapore: Anglo-Chinese Capitalism with Bryan Cheang

Caribbean Progress | 6 October 2023 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Cheang discussing the role of colonial social norms and institutions in Singapore’s development success. Considers the tradeoffs between economic growth and social freedoms, entrepreneurship, and cultural identity; the effect of Singapore’s governance on innovation; and potential policy prescriptions for Caribbean countries. Draws from his book Liberalism Unveiled: Forging a New Third Way in Singapore, co-authored with Donovan Choy.

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Stevan Harrell on An Ecological History of Modern China

New Books in Economic and Business History | 8 August 2023 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Stevan Harrell about his book An Ecological History of Modern China. Describes how agricultural, industrial, and urban development have affected the resilience of China’s ecosystems.

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Uncovering the End: Examining Haiti with Craig Palsson

Caribbean Progress | 26 June 2023 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Craig Palsson about the history of economic development in Haiti. Discusses Haiti’s past, from pre-independence rivalry, through US occupation, to the most recent presidential assassination; Haiti’s lack of institutional credibility as a major factor in perpetuating its decline; and considers what’s needed for progress.

Via Tyler Cowen.

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The Outsourcer: The Story of India’s IT Revolution

New Books in Economics | 24 Jun 2023 | 0h 17m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Dinesh Sharma about his book The Outsourcer: The Story of India’s IT Revolution. Discusses the technological, economic, and political transformations behind the rise of India’s IT industry.

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Daron Acemoglu on Power & Progress

Rocking Our Priors | 28 June 2023 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Daron Acemoglu about his book Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle Over Technology and Prosperity, co-authored with Simon Johnson. Explores why social scientists should pay attention to ‘vision’, automation’s role in premature deindustrialisation, the importance of firm size, why wages rose so rapidly in South Korea, what caused the fall in worker power, why automation has increased, and how technology can be redirected.

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The New Science of Political Economy featuring James Robinson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 26 April 2023 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James Robinson about his books Why Nations Fail and The Narrow Corridor, co-authored with Daron Acemoglu. Explores the correlation between inclusive political institutions and economic growth and prosperity and why the absence of state capacity in developing nations is a major contributing factor to their economic struggles. Highlights the necessity for a genuine debate on whether strong governments and effective state institutions facilitate or stifle independence and innovation.

See also the James Robinson interviews with The Good Fight and Social Science Bites and the Rocking Our Priors interview with Daron Acemoglu.

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So Much of the World Economy Has Been Going in Reverse

Odd Lots | 17 April 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Henry Williams and David Oks about their article The Long, Slow Death of Global Development. Backgrounds that while the world has got richer, many countries around the world have seen stagnation or outright reversal – particularly once you exclude East Asia. Argues that traditional development models, particularly those built around manufacturing, have failed much of the world, with little prospect of improvement anytime soon.

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