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

When A $65 Cab Ride Costs $192   Leave a comment

Update: Several readers commented on the route shown in the map above. Lisa Chow took the car for purposes of this story, and chose a route that began and ended near NPR's New York offices.

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/01/24/265396928/when-a-65-cab-ride-costs-192

Summary: This podcast sheds light on supply and demand as well as elasticity using the well know car service Uber.

Original Air Date: January 24, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 9 seconds

The Giant Book That Creates And Destroys Entire Industries   Leave a comment

The Hansa Kirkenes carried all 6,078 of the Planet Money women's T-shirts from Cartagena, Colombia, to Miami.

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/06/247361423/the-giant-book-that-creates-and-destroys-entire-industries

Summary: In this podcast tariffs are examined, showing both their positive and negative affects on economies. Also mentioned is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule which gages how much each import is to be taxed

Original Air Date: December 12, 2013

Length: 5 minutes 20 seconds

The Charity That Just Gives People Money   Leave a comment

Bernard Omondi got $1,000 from GiveDirectly.Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/08/16/212645252/episode-480-the-charity-that-just-gives-people-money

Summary: The GiveDirectly charity gives money to the poor and asks for nothing in return. The Planet Money team takes a quick look at this strategy.

Original Air Date: August 16, 2013

Length: 6 minutes 12 seconds

Prompt: Make a list of pros and cons for this strategy of aid to developing regions of the world.

We’re Short America   Leave a comment

We bet against this.

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/01/21/378851598/episode-597-were-short-america

Summary: The Planet Money team investigates the less popular side of the Stock Market called shorting. In this podcast the team examines the high-risk high-reward nature of shorting stocks while making an interesting bet of their own against America.

Original Air Date: January 22, 2015

Length: 20 minutes

Posted March 24, 2015 by ndelmonaco1 in Finance, Planet Money

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The Chocolate Curse   Leave a comment

A new breed of cocoa: CCN-51

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/02/04/383830776/episode-601-the-chocolate-curse

Summary: This podcast explores the shortage in supply of cocoa around the world, as well as one man’s solution to the crisis.  However, this solution comes at a price.

Original Air Date: February 5, 2015

Length: 18 minutes 12 seconds

The Birth Of The Dollar   Leave a comment

Two-dollar note from a New York bankLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/12/07/166747693/episode-421-the-birth-of-the-dollar-bill

Summary: At one point in U.S. history there was close to 8,000 different types of currency circulating. The Civil War became a bottleneck and forced innovation, thus creating one unified currency.

Original Air Date: December 7, 2012

Length: 10 minutes 37 seconds

A Rose On Any Other Day   Leave a comment

Long-stem red roses in EcuadorLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/02/13/386005044/episode-603-a-rose-on-any-other-day

The Planet Money Team investigates the logistics and risks that accompany the iconic Valentine’s Day flower, the rose. Additionally mentioned is cost of shipping and seasonal demand.

Original Air Date: February 13, 2015

Length: 17 minutes 37 seconds


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