The Long Economic Shadow of World War II in Europe

The Economic History Podcast | 1 October 2021 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tamás Vonyó arguing that the long-run variation in the postwar performance of European economies is mainly due to the deleterious effects of WWII rather than communism versus market economies. Discusses the comparative wartime destruction across regions using his “5 D’s” framework; contrasts the growth experiences of Western Europe and Eastern Europe with these initial starting points; revisits the 1980s collapse of the Eastern Bloc, reconsidering the role of factor inputs as a cause of socialism’s failure rather than productivity/innovation deficiencies.

The Great Turnaround

The New Bazaar | 12 August 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Peter Blair Henry about his book Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth and the paper The Baker Hypothesis co-authored with Anusha Chari and Hector Reyes. Discusses his understanding of how developing countries can become more prosperous, lift more people out of poverty, and give their citizens better choices for how to work and live. Also covers the “degrowth” movement, the tricky balance between market-friendly policies and the role of government, and the evolution of economics. Also shares his personal experience of an economic catastrophe in his native Jamaica, which forced his family to uproot when he was young, which set him on his career path.

This is the first of a new podcast by Cardiff Garcia. If you enjoyed his podcasts with FT Alphachat and Planet Money’s The Indicator then you’ll want to subscribe to this.

The Great Slowdown and Why It’s Good, with Danny Dorling

Intelligence Squared | 5 May 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Danny Dorling about his book Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration―and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives. Argues that fertility rates, growth in GDP per person, and even technological progress have all steadily declined since the 1970s. Rather than lament this turn of events, Dorling says we should embrace it as a moment of promise and a move toward stability.

Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise

ChinaTalk | 9 April 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Scott Rozelle about his book Invisible China: How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise, co-authored with Natalie Hell. Discusses how China’s 900 million-strong low-income population will decide China’s future development path; parallels with Mexico’s development; why it is easy to solve poverty but not low income; why local governments don’t spend enough on rural education and health; and how the relationship between academia and government has changed from the Hu Jintao-era to the Xi Jinping-era.

Open: The Story of Human Progress

Cato Daily Podcast | 31 December 2020 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Johan Norberg about his book Open: The Story of Human Progress. Notwithstanding the backlash against openness in much of the world, Norberg argues that humanity’s embrace of openness is the key to our success.

Why Western Europeans Are So WEIRD and Why That Matters

The Insight | 8 September 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Joseph Henrich about his book The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous. Discusses the co-evolution of culture, institutions, and psychology and the implications for the large-scale social, political, and economic forces that drive human history.

Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works

EconTalk | 31 August 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Ridley argues that we give too much credit to inventors and not enough to innovators – those who refine and improve an invention to make it valuable to users. Along the way, he emphasizes the power of trial and error and the importance of permissionless innovation.

This is the fourth episode I’ve posted with Matt Ridley about How Innovation Works. It’s a fantastic book, by my favourite author, interviewed here by my favourite podcaster.

It’s Time to Tinker feat. Anton Howes

Conservative Curious | 14 August 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes. Mainly about his work on the history of the British Industrial Revolution, but also touches on Arts and Minds, his history of the Royal Society of Arts. Discusses the necessity of an ecosystem that encourages the exchange of innovation and ideas, what we can learn from Britain’s 300-year period of technological advancement, why innovators should also be cultural entrepreneurs, and how paranoia can spark innovation.