Education, Electricity, Fertility, and Economic Growth with Charlie Robertson

Charter Cities Podcast | 3 October 2022 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Charlie Robertson about his book The Time-Travelling Economist: Why Education, Electricity and Fertility Are Key to Escaping Poverty. Delves into the history of South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the West, explaining why some countries have flourished while others have floundered. Argues that countries that don’t get their fertility rates below 3 children per woman and their adult literacy rates above 70% are doomed to remain trapped in poverty.

Mark Koyama on How the World Became Rich

Ben Yeoh Chats | 9 October 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Koyama about his book How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Economic Growth, co-authored with Jared Rubin. Discusses the relative contribution to economic growth of institutions, common law, intangibles and patents, culture, slavery, infrastructure, geography, and energy.

Brad DeLong on Slouching Towards Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 5 September 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Brad DeLong about his book Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century. Discusses the competing political and economic systems that dominated the “long 20th century” from 1870 to 2010, and how we managed to create such enormous wealth and still be left with such intractable problems.

Kenneth Pomeranz on The Great Divergence

Scientific Sense | 19 November 2021 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Kenneth Pomeranz about his book The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. Considers why sustained industrial growth got started in Northwest Europe. Backgrounds that living standards were similar in Europe and East Asia as late as 1750. Argues that the fortuitous location of British coal combined with New World primary products to catalyse population growth and specialisation in manufacturing.

I recommend the Five Books interview with Davis Kedrosky on the best books about The Great Divergence (and his Substack).

Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin on How the World Became Rich

Ideas of India | 18 August 2022 | 1h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin about their book How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Economic Growth. Discusses the link between technological innovation and growth, the importance of global market competition, positive and negative effects of colonialism, the methodology of economic history and more.

B-side: Interview with Shruti Rajagopalan

Beneath the Surface: An Infrastructure Podcast | 9 August 2022 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Shruti Rajagopalan discussing her research on how population growth can accelerate economic development, the unintended consequences of fertility policy, India’s economic history, and the Indian economic deregulation from 1991.

Johan Fourie – Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom

New Books in Economics | 19 July 2022 | 1h 04m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Johan Fourie about his book Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom: Lessons from 100,000 Years of Human History. Discusses global economic history from an African perspective, covering the roots and reasons for prosperity, the march of opportunity versus the crushing boot of exploitation, and why it is the builders of society – rather than the burglars – who ultimately win out.