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.

Living on the Edge in Victorian Britain

History Extra | 18 May 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Emma Griffin about her book Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy. Explores how economic changes in 19th-century Britain affected family life for working-class Victorians. Highlights the problems for both women and men of the breadwinner model that paid men much much more than women.

I am struck by how the problems of 19C Britain caused by the male breadwinner model parallel those in today’s India, as described by Shrayana Bhattacharya.

Empire: Why Ray Dalio Thinks We May Be Headed for Civil War

The Next Big Idea | 10 March 2022 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ray Dalio about his book Principles for Dealing with the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail. Discusses his research that shows that nations rise and fall according to an inevitable cycle where peace and prosperity are always followed by depression and war. Argues that the United States is now in the downward part of that cycle.

A Chat on the Invention of Agriculture with Andrea Matranga

GrowthChat | 21 March 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrea Matranga about his paper​ The Ant and the Grasshopper: Seasonality and the Invention of Agriculture. Marshalls the evidence that the invention and adoption of agriculture were both a response to a large increase in climatic seasonality. In the most affected regions, hunter-gatherers abandoned their traditional nomadism in order to store food and smooth their consumption. Their new sedentary lifestyle greatly simplified the invention and adoption of agriculture. Seasonality patterns 10,000 years ago were amongst the major determinants of the present-day global distribution of crop productivities, ethnic groups, cultural traditions, and political institutions.

Carl Benedikt Frey: The Technology Trap – Learning from the History of Automation

Social Europe Podcast | 20 June 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Carl Benedikt Frey about his book The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation. Discusses how history can be divided into periods when technology destroys jobs and periods where it creates jobs; considers whether today’s wave of new technology is different from previous historic periods; identifies the key characteristics that make our times unique; and what policy-makers should do to shape how technology impacts our lives.

Mircea Raianu, “Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism”

New Books in Economics | 27 January 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mircea Raianu about his book Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism. Describes the history of the family-owned Tata Group, from its founding in 1868 colonial India, through the eclipse of imperial free trade, the intertwined rise of nationalism and the developmental state, and the return of globalization and market liberalization. Also backgrounds its extensive philanthropy aimed at building the productive capacity of the Indian economy.

Goods & Globalisation: Merchants in Tudor & Stuart England

History Extra | 3 January 2022 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Edmond Smith about his book Merchants: The Community that Shaped England’s Trade and Empire, 1550-1650. Describes the flourishing of English trade between 1550 and 1650, as thousands of merchants sought out trading ventures across the globe. Discusses the experiences of England’s merchants and explores how their efforts as a community shaped England’s relationship with the rest of the world.

Explaining Economic Growth ft. Joel Mokyr

The Neoliberal Podcast | 30 November 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Joel Mokyr discussing why some countries are rich and some countries poor, and how rich countries became rich in the first place. Covers why the Industrial Revolution happened in England; how political fragmentation lead to the flourishing of innovations; lessons from the Republic of Letters; and what this teaches us about promoting economic growth today.