The Economist’s Guide to Parenting: 10 Years Later

Freakonomics Radio | 21 October 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Ten years ago Freakonomics asked a bunch of economists with young kids how they approached child-rearing (episode 39). This episode checks in with the children about their parents. It’s hilarious, covering nature versus nurture, capitalism versus Marxism, and why you sometimes don’t tell your friends that your father is an economist.

Emily Oster on The Family Firm

The Economist Asks | 5 August 2021 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Emily Oster about her book The Family Firm. Discusses applying data and economic thinking to take the stress out of raising children. Also discusses the backlash to her advocacy of re-opening schools during the covid-19 pandemic and what damage a year out of the classroom means for pupils.

Sarah Fitz-Claridge – Taking Children Seriously

The Lunar Society | 4 June 2021 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sarah Fitz-Claridge about Taking Children Seriously – the philosophy that advocates that it is possible and desirable to raise and educate children without coercion, never doing anything to them against their will or making them do anything against their will.

Honey, Income Inequality Led Me to Overwork the Kids

Innovation Hub | 29 Nvember 2019| 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matthias Doepke about his book Love, Money and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids, co-authored with Fabrizio Zilibotti. We tend to assume that parenting is all about culture and that parents from different countries or backgrounds parent differently because of those different backgrounds with varied religious, political, and geographical traditions. Argues that economics is the real driver of parenting approaches and sets out the evidence that differences in income inequality largely shape how we raise our children.

Michaeleen Doucleff on Hunt, Gather, Parent

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 13 April 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michaeleen Doucleff about her book Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans. Discusses the lack of science behind some popular beliefs of Western parents, why Maya children are so helpful without much coaxing, how Inuit parents and children rarely lose their cool with each other, the Hadzabe way of fostering independence, and more.

Emily Oster: “I Am a Woman Who Is Prominently Discussing Vaginas.”

People I (Mostly) Admire | 27 February 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Emily Oster. Discusses her data-driven approach to decisionmaking on pregnancy, parenting, and covid-19, Also discusses her research on genetic testing, how economists think versus non-economists, and the role of hepatitis B in the shortage of females in Asia.

How Much Do We Really Care About Children?

Freakonomics Radio | 14 January 2021 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores child car seats as an example of a counter-productive policy intended to benefit children. Covers the downturn in fertility implied by COVID-19 economic downturn and the demographic challenges that implies; the reduction in fertility attributable to child car seat regulation; and the questionable benefits of child car seats.

Economics and Parenting

RNZ: Nights | 21 January 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later
Interview with Eric Crampton applying an economist’s perspective to parenting. Covers choosing names; the implication from twin studies that parenting investments have limited payoffs in later-life outcomes; and using written bids to optimally allocate household chores. Draws on his article The Tender Years.