250 Years of US Trade Policy

ChinaTalk | 17 May 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Douglas Irwin about his book Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy. Discusses the history of U.S. trade policy from the 18th century to the modern day, highlighting significant legislation and the formation of important intergovernmental organizations that have sprung up along the way.

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Glenn Loury Tells All

EconTalk | 13 May 2024 | 1h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Glenn Loury about his memoir Late Admissions: Confessions of a Black Conservative. Discusses his childhood, his at-times brilliant academic work, his roller-coaster ideological journey, and his personal flaws as a drug addict and imperfect husband. This is a rich conversation about academic life, race in America, and the challenges of self-control.

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Rethinking the Social Underpinnings of Our Daily Decisions feat. Robin Hanson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 22 May 2024 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Robin Hanson about his book The Elephant in the Brain, co-authored with Kevin Simler. Discusses the discrepancies between what we say and our true intentions; how human interaction within our discussions is less about the content and more about social positioning and signaling; the intricate dance of conversations, where showing status, expressing care, and signaling allyship are at the forefront; and the concept of luxury goods and their role in consumer behavior, challenging the conventional wisdom about why we buy what we buy and the messages we’re really sending with our choices.

This is one of my all-time favourite books. See also the Not Unreasonable and Conversations with Tyler episodes with Robin Hanson.

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Joseph Stiglitz on The Road to Freedom

People I (Mostly) Admire | 27 April 2024 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Joseph Stiglitz about his book The Road to Freedom: Economics and the Good Society. Discusses his work exposing the limits of markets, his arguments with Milton Friedman, information economics, why small governments don’t lead to more freedom, and why he’s not afraid to be an advocate.

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From Ploughs to Cash Cows: A Short History of Economics

Conversations | 21 February 2024 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Leigh about his book The Shortest History of Economics. Backgrounds the economic forces behind human history. Argues that the most powerful insights come from a handful of big ideas that almost anyone can follow.

See also the interview about his earlier book Randomistas, about using random trials for evidence-based policy.

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Steven Levitt on His Career and Leaving Academic Economics

The Capitalism and Freedom in the Twenty-First Century Podcast | 13 March 2024 | 1h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Steven Levitt discussing his career, from being an early leader in applied microeconomics, through how the Freakonomics media empire got started, to his recent decision to retire from academic economics.

See also Arnold Kling’s Substack in response to this episode.

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Suhani Jalota & Lisa Ho on Why Female Employment is Low in India

Rocking Our Priors | 10 March 2024 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Suhani Jalota and Lisa Ho about why India’s female labour force participation is so low and how that could change. Draws from their papers What Works For Her? How Work-from-Home Jobs Affect Female Labor Force Participation in Urban India and Bringing Work Home: Flexible Arrangements as Gateway Jobs for Women in West Bengal.

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How Cold War Economists Shaped the Modern World, with Dr Alan Bollard

The NZIIA Podcast | 10 October 2023 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Presentation by Alan Bollard about his book Economists in the Cold War: How a Handful of Economists Fought the Battle of Ideas. Covers the principal Cold War economists who clashed over economic theory and ideologies, with far-reaching real-world effects up until the present day.

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