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

A Conversation About Child Care In Crisis   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/six-hundred-atlantic/season/two/bonus-episode-a-conversation-about-child-care-in-crisis.aspx

Even before the pandemic, childcare has been inaccessible and too expensive for families. Experts Beth Mattingly and Tom Weber discuss the childcare crisis and the impact it has on parents, the labor force, and the economy.

Original Air Date: October 29, 2021

Length: 26 Minutes 19 Seconds

The Economics Of Sports Gambling   Leave a comment

Link: https://freakonomics.com/podcast/sports-gambling/

About 60 million people across the US and Canada play fantasy sports. Fantasy revenues in the US alone are around $8 billion a year. With sports betting illegal in some states, the fantasy sports company FanDual asked M.I.T professor Peko Hosoi and her team to determine if the contests were based on skill or luck. With this unregulated industry growing, there are concerns about the effects it will have on society, real-life sports, and the younger generations.  

Original Air Date: September 4, 2019

Length: 55 minutes 23 seconds

The Life-Altering Differences Between White and Black Debt   Leave a comment

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-ezra-klein-show/id1548604447?i=1000540488241

Federal student loan interest and payments are set to resume after January for about 45 million Americans who carry an astounding $1.8 trillion in student debt. Louise Seamster, a sociologist at the University of Iowa, discusses wealth disparities between black and white borrowers and how student debt shapes the lives of young people. Seamster also considers solutions to the student debt crisis, one of which includes debt cancellation.

Original Air Date: November 2, 2021

Length: 58 Minutes 11 Seconds

Posted November 19, 2021 by fiorinio in Inequality, macroeconomics

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When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (Classic)   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/09/29/1041638804/that-time-the-u-s-paid-off-the-entire-national-debt-classic

In mid-October, Congress raised the national debt limit to prevent defaulting. This episode discusses how the United States got into this mess, where all this debt comes from, who came up with the idea of a debt ceiling, and what happened when it was paid off.

Date Posted: September 29, 2021

Length: 21 Minutes 12 Seconds

Posted November 16, 2021 by fiorinio in Fiscal policy

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Keep Calm, It’s Just The Bullwhip Effect   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/10/20/1047777081/keep-calm-its-just-the-bullwhip-effect

As we already know, the whole world is struggling to get items shipped to distributors because of supply chain issues. The Beergame App, created by logistics expert Mathais Le Scaon, uses the demand of cases of beer to demonstrate the bullwhip effect, where small fluctuations in demand at the retail level cause increasing larger fluctuations up the supply chain. After participating in the game, members of tPlanet Money’s indicator team find that fixing the supply chain is no simple task.

Original Air Date: October 20, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 52 seconds

Blood money   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/05/14/996921658/blood-money

The United States provides two thirds of the world’s blood plasma and incentivizes donors with money each time they donate. The more they donate, the more money they receive which is something the World Health Organization and many other countries are against. When discussing the moral issues of paying donors, a doctor from Brazil argues that moral implications are the least of our worries when a shortage of blood plasma could be a death sentence for his patients.

Original Air Date: May 14, 2021

Length: 26 minutes 46 seconds

Posted November 4, 2021 by fiorinio in Ethics, Health economics, Shortage

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Nobel Prize Economist David Card on testing Econ 101 theories in the real world   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/2021/10/12/nobel-prize-economist-david-card-on-testing-econ-101-theories-in-the-real-world/

2021 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences recipient David Card used a natural experiment to challenge the Econ 101 concept that a higher minimum wage drives unemployment. Through his research, Card also discovered a way to possibly address issues like the gender wage gap and the wage gap between nonwhite and white workers.

Later in the segment, Card discusses his recognized research on how immigration does not reduce wages according to the Modern Growth Theory.

Original Air Date: October 12, 2021

Length: 10 minutes 48 seconds

Going from gasoline to electric   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.aeaweb.org/research/electric-transition-banning-gasoline-vehicles

Norway, the United Kingdom, California and many other places worldwide plan to ban the sale of gasoline cars within the next 10-15 years. Economist Stephen P. Holland discusses the implications of a simple ban, and instead encourages policies that will incentivize car manufactures to decrease production of gas cars without devastating the economy.

Citation: Holland, Stephen P., Erin T. Mansur, and Andrew J. Yates. 2021. “The Electric Vehicle Transition and the Economics of Banning Gasoline Vehicles.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 13 (3): 316-44. DOI: 10.1257/pol.20200120

Original Air Date: September 29, 2021

Length: 21 minutes 32 seconds

Chips, Cars, and the Baby Bust   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/12/976569019/chips-cars-and-the-baby-bust

In 2020, everyone, no matter their involvement with economics, knew what a shortage was. Toilet paper was gone from the shelves before it was even able to be stocked in stores. In 2021, there are some new shortages the U.S. is facing: microchips, cars, and babies. The Indicator discusses the causes of the limited supply of microchips which in turn is limiting car production, as well as the declining birth rate that the U.S. will face as a result of the pandemic.

Original Air Date: March 12, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 33 seconds

Goldman Sachs to Invest $10 billion into Black Women   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace/goldman-sachs-to-invest-10-billion-in-black-women/

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected black women, not only in growing unemployment rates but also in increased death rates. Goldman Sachs has committed to $10 billion going toward expanding economic opportunities for black women, having found that a black woman’s wealth is 90% lower than a white man’s, in addition to the struggles the pandemic has presented for the black community. This episode of Marketplace also discusses how restaurants will benefit from the relief package and why grocery stores are making investments into robots.

Original Air Date: March 12, 2021

Length: 28 minutes 34 seconds