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

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

What Could Slow U.S.’s Surging Oil Output? Low Prices.   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/what-could-slow-uss-surging-oil-output-low-prices

Summary: The oil the United States has been pumping has been getting less and less profitable. In North America, oil comes from fracking shale, and after the first initial output, oil companies have to drill deeper and deeper to get to the oil, causing it to be more expensive to access. However, the price of oil is dropping worldwide, and that could mean that the United States could be out of the oil industry, simply because it costs too much to produce.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2014

Length: 2 minutes

The Stock Market Has Been and Always Will Be Volatile   Leave a comment

Markets Open One Day After Dow's Biggest Drop In A YearLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/stock-market-has-been-and-always-will-be-volatile

Summary: Many people are worried about the stock markets, especially with everything going on in the world (Germany’s bad news, Ebola, etc). However, the stock market is a volatile place–and, according to Quincy Crosby, a financial market strategist at Prudential Financial, it’s meant to be that way.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 11 seconds

Get Rich By Giving Up Lattes? Not So Fast   Leave a comment

US Barista Championship Held During Coffee Industry Expo In BostonLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/your-money/get-rich-giving-lattes-not-so-fast

Summary: There’s a theory in the personal finance industry known as the Latte Factor, which says give up the coffee drink and invest the money instead, and you’ll have enough to retire on. However, that theory doesn’t factor into the equation inflation and taxes, and is now being proven wrong.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 19 seconds

Terry Anderson on the Environment and Property Rights   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/08/terry_anderson.html

Summary:Terry Anderson, distinguished Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute talks about free-market environmentalism and property rights that can protect natural resources. One of the main points of his book Free Market Environmentalism which is currently being revised for its third addition, revolves around the idea of what makes market successful and how can the success of the free market model be applied to the protection of the environment.

Original Air Date: August 18, 2014

Length: 63 min

High Prices Aren’t Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter   Leave a comment

porkLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/26/343403757/high-prices-arent-scaring-consumers-away-from-the-meat-counter 

Summary: A discussion of the factors impacting supply and demand of pork. Includes consideration of behavior of retailers and consumers in respond to changes in the market.  Considers influences and impacts of related goods.

Original Air Date: August 26, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 22 seconds

Posted September 21, 2014 by audioecon in Elasticity, Market structure, Shortage

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