The Great Enrichment

The Economic History Podcast | 16 September 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Deirdre McCloskey discussing her books which attempt to explain what she coined ‘The Great Enrichment’. Covers the use of language in economics, the potentially overstated role of physical capital, how liberalism spawned innovation and fostered ideas, and compares historical living standards.

Jared Rubin: Christianity and Capitalism

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 19 August 2021 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Jared Rubin about his book Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not. Argues that the ideological content of Western Christianity mattered to the development of capitalism and liberal institutions. Discusses the role of legitimating ideology and why Islam managed to check the rise of the capitalist class notwithstanding that Muhammad was a merchant.

The Industrial Revolution: History, Causes and Consequences

The Economic History Podcast | 21 April 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nicholas Crafts about how thinking on the Industrial Revolution has evolved over recent decades. Discusses the more sober interpretation of the productivity performance of the British economy during the first Industrial Revolution; prominent theories of the root causes of the Industrial Revolution; and the potential “disadvantages” of being the first country to experience modern economic growth. Draws on his book Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back.

No Shock China ft. Isabella Weber

Aufhebunga Bunga | 1 June 2021 | 1h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Isabella Weber about her book How China Escaped Shock Therapy. Describes how China settled on gradual reform after first considering the shock therapy later adopted by the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to transition to an economy with market price signals.

Gregory Clark on Social Status and Genetics

Coffee With Cornelius | 19 June 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark discussing his research on social mobility, the effect of elite fecundity on the Industrial Revolution, and economic history more generally. Draws on his books The Son Also Rises, A Farewell to Alms and the forthcoming For Whom the Bell Curve Tolls.

Women in the Workforce (Over the Very Long Run)

The Economic History Podcast | 5 October 2020 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jane Humphries about her research on women in the workforce. Discusses the implications of her findings on the nature of women’s work, wages through time, hand spinners’ income, and historical living standards to the role of the European Marriage Pattern, the Black Death, the male breadwinner model, and Engel’s pause to the Industrial Revolution and faster economic growth. Draws on her papers The Wages of Women in England, 1260–1850; Spinning the Industrial Revolution; and Unreal Wages? Real Income and Economic Growth in England, 1260–1850.

Religion, Political Power, and Economic Growth with Jared Rubin

Economics Detective Radio | 3 November 2017 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jared Rubin about his book Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not. Argues that switching the legitimisation of political power from religious authority to economic elites in places like England and The Netherlands set the stage for the Industrial Revolution. Via Razib Khan.

Dr Walter Scheidel – The Great Leveler

The Michael Shermer Show | 11 June 2017 | 0h 57m | Listen Later
Interview with Walter Scheidel about his book The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. Traces the global history of inequality, showing that inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return.