Immigration: Comparing this Wave with the Past

FT Alphachat | 22 March 2019 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discussion with Leah Boustan of Princeton and Maggie Peters of UCLA comparing recent US immigration with its history. Rates of assimilation are similar, as measured by the rate of immigrant families adopting “American” names. But globalisation means that American companies no longer lobby in favour of immigration, preferring to access cheap labour by outsourcing offshore.

The Math Wizard Who Became a Customer Loyalty Scheme Guru

FT Alphachat | 14 December 2018 | 0h 49m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with economist Gary Loveman, who went from Harvard economist to Harrah’s gambling chain CEO to health insurer CEO. Insights on using data science for better decision making, understanding what customers value to drive loyalty, and aligning incentives in health care.

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.