Under the Influence with Robert H. Frank

Economics Detective Radio | 8 May 2020 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Robert H. Frank about his book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work. Backgrounds both that our social environment influences our behaviour and that our environment is itself a product of our behaviour. Makes the case for taxes that take account of these social contagion effects.

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.

Ten Percent Less Democracy with Garett Jones

Economics Detective Radio | 23 March 2020 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Garett Jones about his book 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less. Draws together evidence and theory from across economics, political science, and finance to make the case that the richest, most democratic nations would be better off if they slightly reduced accountability to the voting public, turning up the dial on elite influence.

Open Borders with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith

Interviews with Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith about their graphic novel Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. The first interview backgrounds their collaboration and discusses concerns about open immigration. The second interview focusses on the logic and morality of the arguments in favour of Open Immigration.

Economics Detective Radio | 11 November 2019 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes

Rationally Speaking | 12 November 2019 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes

Anton Howes on Innovation, Invention, and Britain’s Industrial Revolution

Economics Detective Radio | 3 May 2017 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian of innovation Anton Howes about observations from his dataset of >1,000 British innovators during the Industrial Revolution. Innovation appears to be a mindset, spread between interconnected people developing technologies in industries outside their areas of expertise.