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

How Do You Cure a Compassion Crisis?   Leave a comment

Link: https://freakonomics.com/podcast/compassion-rebroadcast/

Doctors Trzeciak and Mazzarelli talk about the compassion crisis in our healthcare system. In their book titled Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes A Difference, the doctors explain when healthcare workers show a little compassion it can decrease costs, improve medical outcomes, and even help with physician burnout.

Original Air Date: November 24, 2021

Length: 54 Minutes 28 Seconds

Risk & Disaster   Leave a comment

Economists Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson discuss insurance and risk and how it is related to economics.

Original Air Date: August 26, 2020

Length: 27 Minutes 27 Seconds

Posted January 11, 2022 by fiorinio in macroeconomics, Planet Money

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Bitcoin Losers (Classic)   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/12/30/951460511/bitcoin-losers-classic

The people who lose their passkey to bitcoin have no way of accessing their possible fortune. Find out what this means for all the lost or untouched bitcoin.

Original Air Date: January 1, 2021

Length: 23 Minutes 29 Seconds

Posted January 4, 2022 by fiorinio in Currency, Finance, Planet Money

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Bonds & Becky With The Good Yield   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/12/1027086991/planet-money-summer-school-4-bonds-becky-with-the-good-yield

Cornell Professor Vicki Bogan describes what a bond is, how it is different from a stock, and how they help companies grow. Also, learn what happens when you purchase a junk bond.

Original Air Date: August 18, 2021

Length: 33 Minutes 34 Seconds

Posted December 28, 2021 by fiorinio in Finance, Planet Money

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Why Do So Many Donated Kidneys End Up in the Trash?   Leave a comment

Link: https://freakonomics.com/podcast/fmd-kidney-transplants/

With 90,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list in the United States, it is shocking to learn thousands of these available organs are thrown away each year. Doctor Sumit Mohan and economist Alvin Roth discuss policy and incentive issues that lead to wasted kidneys.  

Original Air Date: November 11, 2021

Length: 27 Minutes 3 Seconds

Bubbles, Bikes, and Biases   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/23/1030276615/planet-money-summer-school-5-bubbles-bikes-biases

Learn from Planet Money’s Summer School what causes financial bubbles with examples such as the dotcom bubble and the Great British bicycle bubble. Also, hear about how behavioral biases, greater fools theory, and herd behavior make bubbles much worse.

Original Air Date: August 25, 2021

Length: 29 Minutes 57 Seconds

Best of ‘EC on Econ’ podcasts FA21   Leave a comment

At the end of each semester students in Econ 1101 Principles of Microeconomics at Emmanuel College create their own podcast to demonstrate their ability to apply microeconomic concepts to their world and to use those terms, theories and tenets of micro to understand and evaluate the world around them. Each semester I pick a few of my favorites to post here on AudioEcon. Check out the ‘Podlearning: Student podcast‘ page to listen and learn for yourself. This semester’s star topics include vaccine externalities, the economics of food banks and food insecurity, and a bartender’s eye view of the elasticity of alcohol.

Econ educators, check out the Podlearning page for assignment descriptions and tips to implement student-created podcasts in your classes!

Posted December 8, 2021 by audioecon in Teaching Ideas, Utility

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Deterring Crime With DNA Databases   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.aeaweb.org/research/dna-databases-deterrence-detection-doleac

Professor Jennifer Doleac discusses how registering offenders in a DNA database make them much less likely to be convicted of another crime in coming years. Doleac also speaks to the importance of economists when studying crime and how policy makers should consider the tradeoff between privacy and effective policing measures.

Citation: Anker, Anne Sofie Tegner, Jennifer L. Doleac, and Rasmus Landersø. 2021. “The Effects of DNA Databases on the Deterrence and Detection of Offenders.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 13 (4): 194-225.

Original Air Date: October 27, 2021

Length: 20 Minutes 25 Seconds

Posted December 7, 2021 by fiorinio in Incentives

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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