Covid-19/Coronavirus & the Economy   Leave a comment

We’re adding the latest economic podcasts relating to the current Coronavirus Crisis here. Many also have discussion board / written assignment prompts.

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Vials, Syringes, Packaging: The Small but Vital Components of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The COVID Slide: Impact on Childhood

Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000? 

What a Coronavirus Recession Would Look Like

How to Save the Economy Now

Covid-19 Drives Unemployment Claims Up

What can governments and central banks do to protect the world economy in the face of covid-19?

The Fed Fights the Virus

Medicine for the Economy

Triple-A Ratings are so Yesterday

The Long Life of Keynesian Economics

 

 

 

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

Taxing Hidden Wealth   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.aeaweb.org/research/taxing-hidden-wealth-daniel-reck

This podcast discusses research conducted by Daniel Reck regarding the enormous amount of wealth American’s keep overseas to avoid being taxed. Different policies that were enacted, specifically in 2008, aimed to increase the disclosure of offshore wealth, which were somewhat successful in the prevention of tax evasion.

Original Air Date: September 30, 2020

Length: 18 minutes 4 seconds

The COVID Slide: Impact on Childhood   Leave a comment

Link: https://bfi.uchicago.edu/podcast/episode-18-the-covid-slide-impact-on-childhood/

Across the country there is concern about the impacts of remote learning on children, specifically those who are already at a disadvantage. Some students may be “losing” up to a year of education depending on their age. This podcast discusses the risks that families are facing right now, as well as research regarding the new roles of parents in their children’s education.

Original Air Date: August 30, 2020

Length: 32 minutes, 47 seconds

Financing a Sustainable Recovery   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/great-reset-podcast-financing-sustainable-recovery-imf/

IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva discusses the need for sustained financial support from governments across the globe. Georgieva emphasizes that policymakers must keep in mind the future of their economies, and promote job creation in sectors which are developing, such as the green energy sector. Additionally, Georgieva discusses the need for investment everywhere in order to inhibit worsening global inequalities.

Original Air Date: September 11, 2020

Length: 16 minutes 11 seconds

Mask Communication   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/08/07/900273012/mask-communication

This podcast uses behavioral economics to analyze the reasons why people may refuse to wear masks. Economists believe when these individuals feel external constraints on their freedoms, they feel even less inclined to wear a mask. Behavioral economists discuss nudges/incentives that could be effective in this situation.

Original Air Date: August 7, 2020

Length: 26 minutes 26 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What are some other incentives you can think of that would influence more widespread mask wearing?

Vials, syringes, Packaging: The Small but Vital Components of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/2020/09/18/covid-19-vaccine-components-vials-syringes-packaging-distribution/

There is increasing demand for a Covid-19 vaccine, and although many are developing, scientists are still unsure when an effective vaccine will be finished. There is also concern that low income countries will struggle to gain equitable access to the vaccine once it is produced. Thomas Cueni, the director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations emphasized the importance of high income countries buying into efforts which would subsidize lower income countries.

Original Air Date: September 18, 2020

Length: 5 minutes 10 seconds

Negative Oil   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/22/842095406/episode-993-negative-oil

Oil prices have officially fallen well below a dollar in the United States. This is extremely telling about the current state of the economy, considering this has never happened before.

Original Air Date: April 22 2020

Length: 16 minutes 22 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What can this tell us about the state of the global economy at the time of negative oil? If you were advising policy makers, how important would you say this event was or was not? Why?

13,000 Economists, 1 Question   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/01/09/794977811/episode-963-13-000-economists-1-question

At the American Economic Association annual conference, some of the brightest economists answer the question, “What is the most useful idea in economics?”. Answers range from the idea of opportunity cost to thinking at the margin.

Original Air Date: January 10 2020

Length: 21 minutes 1 second

Discussion Prompt: What do you believe is this most useful idea in economics and why?

Written Prompt: Develop your own list of your top ten (or top 5) ‘most useful ideas’ in economics. Be sure to explain WHY you’ve made your selections.  You may use up to 3 of those referenced in the podcast, with your own explanations! The rest must be your idea. 

Lives Vs. The Economy   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/15/835571843/episode-991-lives-vs-the-economy

Economists discuss the valuation of human life model to determine when the appropriate time to open the economy is. Federal agencies typically value a human life at $10 million. Many economists recently have said that right now, it is not worth it to open the economy back up.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2020

Length: 25 minutes 24 seconds

The Great Potato Giveaway   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/23/843437140/the-great-potato-giveaway

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the agriculture supply chain has been suffering. Although the shelves at grocery stores are not fully stocked, farmers are giving away their goods, or even turning it into fertilizer.

Original Air Date: April 23 2020

Length: 9 minutes 25 seconds

Discussion Prompt: How will this affect the agriculture industry? What does this tell us about how these markets are functioning? What solutions can you propose which would help the industry financially?

The economy that slavery built (1619 episode 2)   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/podcasts/1619-slavery-cotton-capitalism.html 

This episode of the podcast associated with the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning work The 1619 Project explores the economic systems of cotton plantations and slavery in the U.S. Concepts such as globalization, market structures, the financial system, ‘too big to fail,’ and incentives are all present in this look at the roots of institutional racism. 

Original Air Date: August 30, 2019

Length: 32 minutes 55 seconds