unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 26 April 2023 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James Robinson about his books Why Nations Fail and The Narrow Corridor, co-authored with Daron Acemoglu. Explores the correlation between inclusive political institutions and economic growth and prosperity and why the absence of state capacity in developing nations is a major contributing factor to their economic struggles. Highlights the necessity for a genuine debate on whether strong governments and effective state institutions facilitate or stifle independence and innovation.
See also the James Robinson interviews with The Good Fight and Social Science Bites and the Rocking Our Priors interview with Daron Acemoglu.
unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 24 February 2023 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Joel Mokyr about his book A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy. Discusses how science and technology evolved in ways that reinforced each other; the connections between the industrial and scientific revolutions and between scientific discovery and technological adaptation; the decline of the guilds in England and the subsequent diffusion of English artisans and mechanics across Europe; and more.
unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 10 February 2023 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Scull about his book Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness. Discusses the history of psychiatry, including the rise and rapid fall of asylums; the procession of remedies that offered false hope to the afflicted; and his research on the pharmaceutical industry and how the reliance on drugs to treat mental illness has grown.
unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 30 January 2023 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Edward Conard about the reasons why the US is producing a lot more innovation than other parts of the world. Backgrounds the economy changing from capital-intensive manufacturing to knowledge-intensive, innovation-driven fields that increase demand for high skilled workers. Discusses ways to increase wages for middle and working classes. Draws from his books The Upside of Inequality and Unintended Consequences.
unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 25 January 2022 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Glenn Hubbard about his book The Wall and the Bridge: Fear and Opportunity in Disruption’s Wake. Advocates building bridges to opportunity to assist those negatively impacted by economic growth, rather than building walls to protect them from further harm.
unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 3 January 2023 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Paul Morland discussing how economics and cultural values affect fertility in a society, population size & productivity, the political attitudes to demography, the relationship between demography and power, and what sort of future current trends may bring. Draws from his books The Human Tide and Tomorrow’s People.
unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 5 December 2022 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Matt Feeney about his book Little Platoons: A Defense of Family in a Competitive Age. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of putting so much emphasis on competition for children in schools and sports. Explores ways in which families have been enlisted to raise children that suit the needs of the knowledge economy and the preferences of college administrators.
unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 13 October 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ali Tamaseb about his book Super Founders: What Data Reveals About Billion-Dollar Startups. Draws from the 30,000 data points in his manually collected dataset on start-ups to bust myths about entrepreneurship and startups. Discusses his findings on founder patterns, the importance of having technical and non-technical founders onboard, VC biases funding startups, defensibility and scale, and accelerator programs.