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.

Susan Houseman on Manufacturing

EconTalk | 21 October 2019 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Susan Houseman of the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research challenging the standard narrative about the US manufacturing sector. Houseman argues that conclusions about the growth of manufacturing are driven overwhelmingly by computer production while the rest of manufacturing has been stagnant. She also argues that productivity has a small role in reducing manufacturing employment and that trade has been the main cause of employment reductions.

Prohibition

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy | 30 September 2019 | 0h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
When the US outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages, it inadvertently created one of the most successful black markets in the world. Tim Harford considers how much it costs to make something illegal, and what a failed law reveals about the way criminals make their money.

World War Two: The Economic Battle

The Documentary | 22 September 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Duncan Weldon on the importance of economic factors in the Second World War. Interesting perspectives throughout. For example, the contrast between Britain having more manpower available due to importing food versus Germany deploying more manpower to food production than its armed forces.

Tim Does the Haka in New Zealand

Heritage Explains | 13 September 2019 | 0h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Eric Crampton about his essay The Outside of the Asylum. An outsider’s view on what makes life in New Zealand (freedoms, politics and economics) so much saner than elsewhere.