A Tsunami of Misery

Cautionary Tales | 19 June 2020 | 0h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Tim Harford uses the example of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to highlight the pitfalls of ignoring longer-term ills when taking action against urgent dangers.

Friedrich Von Hayek – The Road to Serfdom

Philosophize This! | 12 February 2020 | 0h 23m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discusses the economic philosophies of Friedrich Hayek set out in The Road to Serfdom. Backgrounds the historical context of centrally planned governments fighting WWII. Hayek argued that the economy emerges from billions of transactions that can’t be planned, predicted, or ever fully known. Since Government can’t understand enough, it shouldn’t seek to control the economy. but should maximise freedom so that the economy can self-order to embody free choices.

Branko Milanovic on Capitalism, Alone

EconTalk | 11 May 2020 | 1h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Branko Milanovic about his book, Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World. Discusses inequality, the challenge of corruption in the Chinese system, and Milanovic’s claim that in American capitalism, the texture of daily life is increasingly affected by the sharing economy and other opportunities.

Howard Friedman on The Value We Place on Life

Trend Following with Michael Covel | 17 April 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Howard Friedman about his book Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life. Explains how economists and data scientists at corporations, regulatory agencies, and insurance companies develop and put a value on human life. Goes on to spotlight the logical flaws and limitations, and argues against the rampant unfairness.

What Coronavirus Means for the Global Economy with Ray Dalio

The TED Interview | 9 April 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates drawing on historical parallels to predict a depression, along with insight and advice on how we might recover from the global economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis – and use it as an opportunity to reform the systems that help grow our economy.

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.