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Where Does the Money for Stimulus Checks Come From?   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/make-me-smart-with-kai-and-molly/where-does-the-money-for-stimulus-checks-come-from/

$1.86 trillion in relief spending has been authorized by congress, which will be financed by the sale of government bonds and other debt instruments. The Federal Reserve Bank will purchase many of these bonds which will cause an inflow of money into the economy. This podcast also elaborates on the inflationary implications of the stimulus checks entering the economy.

There is also discussion of Google’s market power and vaccination progress.

Discussion Prompt: What is the intended goal of the stimulus checks and what unintended consequences can arise as a result?

Original Air Date: March 17, 2021

Length: 19 minutes and 34 seconds

Hey Google, Are You Too Big?   Leave a comment

Link:https://www.npr.org/2020/10/21/926168583/hey-google-are-you-too-big

The Department of Justice has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Google due to their alleged monopoly power over the online search and internet search ad market. The DOJ must prove in this case that Google has created this monopoly in a way that is harmful to consumers. If Google loses the case, this would allow for more competition within the market, even if the effects of this case are not seen right away.

Original Air Date: October 21, 2020

Length: 18 minutes

Economist Nariman Behravesh on the Havoc Caused by COVID-19   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/world-vs-virus-podcast/

Behravesh, chief economist at IHS states that the uncertainty and fear associated with Covid-19 has been responsible globally for decreased consumption. Although Covid-19 cases in many countries are decreasing, the economic impact is expected to continue for at least another year.

Original Air Date: October 1, 2020

Length: 13 minutes

Discussion Post: Pretend you are a policy maker. If at all, how would you help different industries that are in need of relief because of the pandemic such as the hotel/hospitality industry?

What do Leaked Financial Documents Reveal about Dirty Money in Banking?   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/what-do-leaked-financial-documents-reveal-about-dirty-money-in-banking/

Despite national and global efforts to discourage money laundering, there were recent reports from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network suggest suspicious transactions and funding during the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. This podcast further discusses some of the failures of banks to report suspicious activities in a timely manner. Matthew Collins from the Brookings Institute states that if our government really wants to hammer down on money laundering and other financial crimes, it is crucial to invest more funds into regulatory bodies such as FinCen.

Original Air Date: September 24, 2020

Length: 12 minutes 20 seconds

Educated Workers and America’s Competitiveness   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.stlouisfed.org/timely-topics/educated-workers-and-americas-competitiveness

The United States used to lead the world in their percentage of college graduates. Today, the U.S is lagging behind countries like Japan and South Korea. Dr. Monge-Naranjo from the Federal Reserve Bank discusses how this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and how the United States can benefit from the ideas and technologies being produced elsewhere.

Original Air Date: August 31 2020

Length: 3 minutes 13 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What other ways can this idea benefit the United States? What ways could this be harmful to the United States? Is there any significance or advantage to being “number 1” in terms of college educated workers?

Shruti Rajagopalan on the Past, Present, and Future of the Indian Economy   Leave a comment

Link: https://macromusings.libsyn.com/shruti-rajagopalan-on-the-past-present-and-future-of-the-indian-economy

Rajagopalan, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center discusses the progress of India’s economy over the years. She compares the size of India’s economy compared the countries such as the U.S. and China, as well as how previous reforms have affected their economy and further reforms in their economy that could improve its development.

Original Air Date: October 19, 2020

Length: 1 hour, 6 minutes

WFH From Barbados   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/09/922479527/wfh-from-barbados

The economy in Barbados is heavily reliant on tourism and has been struggling due to travel restrictions. To combat the effects of the lack of tourism, Barbados created a program called “Welcome Stamp”, where individuals can receive a visa to work remotely while living in Barbados for a year.

Original Air Date: October 9, 2020

Length: 9 minutes 25 seconds

How Vikings Launched Globalization 1.0   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/13/923237556/how-vikings-launched-globalization-1-0

In the year 1000 Vikings were the first individuals from Europe to discover North America. Eventually, they discovered that indigenous individuals were already there and began exchanging goods with them. This is the first known example of a good from one area in the world was able to be traded for a good in another region. There is even evidence of some form of coin being exchanged between the two groups.

Original Air Date: October 13, 2020

Length: 9 minutes 55 seconds

An Economist Walks into a Bar   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/12/923123253/an-economist-walks-into-a-bar

This podcast discusses how many groundbreaking ideas were discovered at bars and how they could potentially foster innovation. Individuals like Mike Andrews have researched this through studying the number of patents filed during Prohibition. Andrews found that innovation is mainly sparked through connections made with other individuals. As seen with the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals are still finding remote ways to foster innovation through technologies like Zoom.

Original Air Date: October 12,2020

Length: 9 minutes 59 seconds

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The Holiday Shopping Season is Already Here   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace/the-holiday-shopping-season-is-already-here/

About 100,000 businesses have had to shut down due to Covid-19, and the ones who have survived have had to change many aspects of product promotion. This is in part due to the changes we have seen in consumer behavior because of the pandemic. One way companies are adapting is by starting to sell for holidays now to combat the economic blow they have suffered because of Covid-19 and to make sure there are no shortages of products once the holidays arrive.

Original Air Date: October 12, 2020

Length: 28 minutes, 22 seconds

Discussion Prompt 1: What other ways have you seen businesses adapt to the impacts of Covid-19?

Discussion Prompt 2: Do you think Covid-19 will permanently alter the way consumers behave? If so, how? What about businesses?