Why Minsky Matters

Analysis | 24 March 2014 | 0h 28m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Backgrounds the ideas of economist Hyman Minsky, who argued that in the good times the seeds of the next crisis are sown as the financial sector engages in riskier and riskier lending in pursuit of profit. Considers what his ideas suggest about the response to the 2008 crisis and current policies. Asks whether mainstream economics has done enough to respond to its failure to predict the crisis and the challenge posed by Minsky’s ideas.

Ireland: Austerity Poster Child

FT Alphachat | 15 June 2017 | 0h 58m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Fascinating insights on Ireland’s recession. Explains that the openness of Ireland’s economy, with relatively large imports and exports as a share of the economy, was more determinative of the shape of the recession than decisions around the extent of austerity. Lessons for New Zealand given the parallels including overseas borrowing pushing up property prices.

Understanding the North Korean Economy

FT Alphachat | 16 February 2018 | 1h 01m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Marcus Noland, economist and executive vice president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, explains the North Korean economy, which is not entirely the communist museum piece we commonly think. Describes the bottom-up emergence of market processes in response to the failure of state institutions.

Tyler Cowen on Stubborn Attachments

Conversations with Tyler | 16 October 2018 | 2h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Tyler Cowen about the ideas in “Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals”. Makes the moral case for prioritising economic growth by not discounting future humans relative to those currently alive.

Neil Monnery on Hong Kong and the Architect of Prosperity

EconTalk | 8 October 2018 | 1h 13m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discussion with Neil Monnery, about his book “Architect of Prosperity”, a biography of John Cowperthwaite, the man often credited with the economic success of Hong Kong. Describes the policies that Cowperthwaite championed and the role they played in the evolution of Hong Kong’s economy.

David Pilling, The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations

New Books in Economics | 4 April 2018 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with David Pilling about his book “The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty, and the Well-Being of Nations.” Sets out how we typically evaluate national economies and offers some alternatives, even though each of those presents their own challenges.

How the Sandwich Consumed Britain

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads | 19 January 2018 | 0h 37m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Fascinating backgrounder on Britain’s world-beating sandwich industry. It transformed the way we eat lunch, then did the same for breakfast – and now it’s coming for dinner.

Universal Basic Income

Waking Up with Sam Harris | 19 June 2018 | 1h 08m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Yang, author of “The War on Normal People,” about universal basic income (UBI). Discusses the state of the economy, the rise of automation and AI, and thoroughly canvases the arguments for and against UBI.