Richard Davies on Extreme Economies

EconTalk | 9 March 2020 | 2h 04m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Richard Davies about his book Extreme Economies: What Life at the World’s Margins Can Teach Us About Our Own Future. Explores economic life in extreme situations. Examples discussed are the Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, two Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, the rain forest in the Darien Gap in Panama, and Kinshasa, the largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. An economic and journalistic tour de force as Davies shares insights from his encounters with people around the world struggling to trade and prosper in extreme environments.

How Wealth Has Changed

The Indicator from Planet Money | 27 February 2020 | 0h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Kenny explaining that two-thirds of global wealth is now human capital (ideas, knowledge, and learning), the use of which is non-zero sum. Sets out the free trade policy implications that flow from this.

What Byrne Hobart Thinks About Everything – Part One

Venture Stories | 6 March 2020 | 2h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Byrne Hobart discussing cost disease in healthcare, education, and construction; the future of globalization; whether bitcoin can become a reserve asset; whether Wall Street is good for society; how interest rates will change over the next 5–10 years and the role of negative interest rates; mental models for financial bubbles; betting on the future of Silicon Valley; the Tech Lash; and the future of the US-China relationship.

Tim Harford on Persuasion and Popular Economics

Conversations with Tyler | 13 February 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Wide-ranging interview with economist, author and podcaster Tim Harford. Covers debating and public speaking, the role of popular economics in a politicized world, Brexit polarization, feedback, the limits of fact-checking, playing poker with Steve Levitt, messiness in music, the three things he can’t live without, and more. Surprises and insights throughout.

Abhijit Banerjee on Theory, Practice, and India

Conversations with Tyler | 30 December 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Abhijit Banerjee discussing premature deindustrialization, charter cities, classical Indian music, why he prefers making Indian sweets to French sweets, the influence of English intellectual life in India, the history behind Bengali leftism, the best Indian regional cuisine, why experimental economics is underrated, reforms to traditional graduate economics training, how his mother’s passion inspires his research, consumer loyalty programs, and more.

Kimberly Clausing on Open and the Progressive Case for Free Trade

EconTalk | 30 December 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kimberly Clausing about her book Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital. Argues both for free trade and interventions to soften the impact of trade on workers and communities.

The Technology Trap

Capital Ideas Investing Podcast | 23 August 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl Benedikt Frey, author of The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation. Discusses what history teaches us about the social implications of rapid technological change, what happens to the living standards of displaced workers, and why not everyone thought electricity was such a great idea.

Binyamin Appelbaum on The Economists’ Hour

EconTalk | 16 December 2019 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Binyamin Appelbaum about his book The Economists’ Hour. Appelbaum blames the triumph of free-market ideology for the rise in inequality and the decline in growth rates over the last half-century. Debates the economic events over that time period and the role of economists in changing economic policy.