Duncan Weldon on Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through

Tides of History | 9 September 2021 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Duncan Weldon about his book Two Hundred Years of Muddling Through: The Surprising Story of Britain’s Economy from Boom to Bust and Back Again. Discusses the Industrial Revolution, why it started in Britain, and the trajectory of the British economy over the past two centuries.

Shattering Immigration Myths

The New Bazaar | 2 June 2022 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Leah Boustan about her book Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success, co-authored with Ran Abramitsky. Discusses how modern immigration trends resemble those of America’s prior immigration peak from 1880 to 1920, the economic mobility of immigrants and their children, the ways immigrants influence their adopted culture (and are influenced by it), and much more. Complicates and in some cases contradicts many of the prevailing myths and impressions of how immigration works with a fascinating and cutting-edge approach to gathering data.

Thomas Piketty on A Brief History of Equality

New Books in Economics | 16 May 2022 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Thomas Piketty about his book A Brief History of Equality. Discusses his life and work, the choice to write a more concise book, the long term trend toward greater equality, potential equality improvement in future, Haiti and reparations, and reparations for specific injustices.

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.