Thinking Like an Economist with Elizabeth Popp Berman

The Rhodes Center Podcast | 11 February 2022 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elizabeth Popp Berman about her book Thinking Like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in US Public Policy. Discusses how economic reasoning came to dominate and push out other considerations in public policy. Argues that this was more than Chicago School macroeconomics. Highlights microeconomics and the role of the Rand Corporation and the Chicago school of legal scholarship in this paradigm shift.

You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Experiment

People I (Mostly) Admire | 9 April 2022 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Joshua Angrist about his work using natural experiments to answer questions. Examples discussed include how being drafted affects economic prospects and the effect of class size on student performance.

Bryan Caplan on Parenting, Voter Motivations, Philosophy and more

80,000 Hours Podcast with Rob Wiblin | 5 April 2022 | 2h 15m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Bryan Caplan about ideas from his books Selfish Reasons To Have More Kids, The Myth of the Rational Voter, The Case Against Education and Open Borders. Discusses parenting, voting motivations, education, labour markets, open borders, free will, effective altruism, betting on beliefs, and more.

The Rise of the Economists feat. Binyamin Appelbaum

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 6 April 2022 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Binyamin Appelbaum about his book The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society. Traces the rise (and decline) of economics as framing for public policy decision-making. Focuses on the economic consensus around positive vs normative approaches, whether political beliefs shape the intellectual inquiry or vice versa, the origins of the anti-draft movement, and the evolution of antitrust enforcement.

Economists at War

The WW2 Podcast | 15 December 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alan Bollard about his book Economists at War: How a Handful of Economists Helped Win and Lose the World Wars. Discusses the role of a few economists in maximising the resources their countries could marshal for the war effort. Also covers their role in shaping the post-war world.

The Intangible Economy

The New Bazaar | 17 March 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Stian Westlake about his book Restarting the Future, co-authored with Jonathan Haskel. Discusses how the economy has been shifting from the material towards the intangible, why the economy and society have lagged behind it, and how people and businesses and policymakers can catch up to the trend – and harness it to make the world better.

Putting Our Assumptions to the Test

Hidden Brain | 7 March 2022 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Abhijit Banerjee about his early life experiences and how they spurred him to take an experimental approach to development economics. Argues that we often have faulty mental models of the world, which we need to test. Economics should be proven with experiments rather than theory.

Gregg Colburn on Homelessness is a Housing Problem

New Books in Economics | 7 February 2022 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gregg Colburn about his book Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns, co-authored with Clayton Page Aldern. Backgrounds their analysis of the regional variation in homelessness across US cities; debunks common explanations (mental illness, drug use, poverty, weather, generosity of public assistance, and low-income mobility); and describes how housing market conditions, such as the cost and availability of rental housing is a much better fit with the data.