Welcome to audioecon!   1 comment

This site is a curated library of economics-themed podcasts, primarily from Planet Money, but also from Freakonomics, EconTalk, This American Life and others. The site is designed for economics instructors with searchable categories created with the instructor in mind, as well as  suggestions for podcast-related assignments they might incorporate into course instruction.  Audioecon will also be of interest to anyone who enjoys  learning more about economics. Audioecon and related assignments is featured in the Journal of Economics Education article Podcasts as a Tool for Teaching Economics  Vol.45, Iss.3, 2014.

I hope you find this site useful and interesting, and welcome your feedback!

I wish you smart listening!

Posted June 27, 2012 by audioecon in Utility

The Interstate Tax Break Battle   Leave a comment

interstate tax break battleLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/interstate-tax-break-battle

Summary: The Obama Administration has been cracking down on inversions–where companies avoid US taxes by getting a foreign address. Now, it is being taken down to a state level, as states hand out tax breaks to try to increase business and get out of the Great Recession.

Original Air Date: September 24, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 27 seconds

How The Tough Economy Changes Young People’s Lives   Leave a comment

tough economy changes youngLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/how-tough-economy-changes-young-peoples-lives

Summary: Many people are still feeling the after-effects of the Great Recession, especially young adults. Young adults still have a higher than average unemployment rate, and are not hitting traditional milestones–such as living alone, starting careers, buying their first home–and have been described as a generation that has “failed to launch” due to the poor economy. Everything that is happening to this generation is happening later in life as they work to launch themselves as independent, self-supporting adults in the harsh economic environment.

Original Air Date: September 16, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 36 seconds

‘Made in Italy’ May Not Mean What You Think It Does   Leave a comment

Italian Fashion Heavyweights Dress Rich And FamousLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/made-italy-may-not-mean-what-you-think

Summary: The Country of Origin label is a powerful element on upscale brands. Italians consider it a national economic resource, but the stamp can’t always be believed. US laws say the “last substantial transformation” must be in the country of origin, and tracking manufacturing is difficult at best.

Original Air Date: September 24, 2014

Length: 3 minutes 55 seconds


Americans Appear Ready To Go Shopping Again   Leave a comment

americans ready to go shoppingLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/americans-appear-ready-go-shopping-again

Summary: Consumer reports conclude Americans are ready to spend again. The market is on the rise, especially as the recession fades.

Original Air Date: September 25, 2014

Length: 1 minute 28 seconds

A New Financial Innovation for the Housing Market   Leave a comment

US-REAL ESTATE-SIGNLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/new-financial-innovation-housing-market

Summary: Large investors have started buying houses–in the past few years, they have bought almost 200,000 new homes. The strategy was to buy low, and set the rent high. Interestingly enough, housing prices have appreciated, and rental prices have stayed the same, which results in not as big of a profit for the investors. This has created what they call rental-backed securities.

Original Air Date: October 13, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 52 seconds

Audioecon.com will be at St. Louis Fed Professor’s Conference   Leave a comment

I’ll be presentingIMG_1136 audioecon.com at the St. Louis Fed Annual Professor’s Conference on Friday November 7th, 2014. Comments on how you use audioecon.com or ways I could make the site more helpful to you are welcome! Leave your comments here!

Conference webpage: www.stlouisfed.org/education_resources/events/index.cfm?id=558

Posted October 31, 2014 by audioecon in Teaching Ideas, Utility

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The Boom-and-Bust Story of a Crop Called Guar   Leave a comment

guarLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/boom-and-bust-story-crop-called-guar

Summary: Guar is a small bean, and it had a recent rise and fall in the marketplace. Besides being an additive to thicken many foods, it’s also used in fracking. When fracking took off, the price of guar rose. As the price increased, Texas farmers started growing a lot of it, until Pakistan and India–which grow 98% of the guar combined–caught up to the demand. As a result, oil companies stopped hoarding it, and the prices dropped. The Texas farmers were left without buyers, and caused a chain reaction of bankruptcy.

Original Air Date: October 9, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 47 seconds


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