The Economic History Podcast | 25 May 2023 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Lindert about his book Making Social Spending Work. Reviews the evidence across time and countries to assess the effect of social spending on economic growth and identity metrics to govern appropriate social expenditure. Considers the reforms needed to tackle the looming pension crisis as populations age in many counties.
The Economic History Podcast | 1 October 2021 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tamás Vonyó arguing that the long-run variation in the postwar performance of European economies is mainly due to the deleterious effects of WWII rather than communism versus market economies. Discusses the comparative wartime destruction across regions using his “5 D’s” framework; contrasts the growth experiences of Western Europe and Eastern Europe with these initial starting points; revisits the 1980s collapse of the Eastern Bloc, reconsidering the role of factor inputs as a cause of socialism’s failure rather than productivity/innovation deficiencies.
The Economic History Podcast | 16 September 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Deirdre McCloskey discussing her books which attempt to explain what she coined ‘The Great Enrichment’. Covers the use of language in economics, the potentially overstated role of physical capital, how liberalism spawned innovation and fostered ideas, and compares historical living standards.
The Economic History Podcast | 21 April 2021 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Nicholas Crafts about how thinking on the Industrial Revolution has evolved over recent decades. Discusses the more sober interpretation of the productivity performance of the British economy during the first Industrial Revolution; prominent theories of the root causes of the Industrial Revolution; and the potential “disadvantages” of being the first country to experience modern economic growth. Draws on his book Forging Ahead, Falling Behind and Fighting Back.
The Economic History Podcast | 5 October 2020 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jane Humphries about her research on women in the workforce. Discusses the implications of her findings on the nature of women’s work, wages through time, hand spinners’ income, and historical living standards to the role of the European Marriage Pattern, the Black Death, the male breadwinner model, and Engel’s pause to the Industrial Revolution and faster economic growth. Draws on her papers The Wages of Women in England, 1260–1850; Spinning the Industrial Revolution; and Unreal Wages? Real Income and Economic Growth in England, 1260–1850.