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.

Nicholas Bloom on Management, Productivity, and Scientific Progress

Conversations with Tyler | 12 August 2020 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nick Bloom about how management practices, productivity techniques, and uncertainty shape outcomes across companies and countries. Discusses scientific progress, the factors that have made research more expensive, why government should invest more in R&D, how lean management transformed manufacturing, how India’s congested legal system inhibits economic development, why firms thrive in China, how weak legal systems incentivize nepotism, the effect of remote work on productivity, why he prefers periodicals and podcasts to reading books, and more.

Nathan Nunn on the Paths to Development

Conversations with Tyler | 29 July 2020 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nathan Nunn about the forces that shape the development paths of nations. Includes why so many Africans live in harder to settle areas, Chinese development in East Africa, genetic distance as a predictor of bilateral income differences and trade, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Canada, economic graduate programs, how the plough shaped gender roles, and the cultural values behind South Korea’s success.

How Asia Works

RTHK:Bookmarks | 13 August 2013 | 0h 18m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Joe Studwell about his book How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region. Discusses the key policy initiatives that caused some Asian countries to boom while others languished.

What We Get Wrong About Global Growth with Dambisa Moyo

The TED Interview | 24 April 2020 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with global economist Dambisa Moyo. Discusses how being raised in Zambia and educated in England and the United States formed her unique worldview and shaped her thinking on issues like overseas aid, climate, democracy and the rise of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hive Mind, IQ, and the Wealth of Nations with Garett Jones

Economics Detective Radio | 11 December 2015 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Garett Jones about his book Hive Mind: How Your Nation’s IQ Matters so Much More than Your Own. Sets out the strong relationship between nations’ average IQ scores and their incomes and suggests potential channels for spillover effects of IQ.