Archive for the ‘Economic impact analysis’ Category

What LinkedIn Tells Us About the Economy   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/10/09/tech/what-linkedin-tells-us-about-economy

Summary: Who says the Labor Department is the only thing that can measure the U.S. economy? LinkedIn keeps track of the U.S. workforce by viewing trends that they see on their members’ profiles and extracting specific data to construct monthly reports. From tracking skills to receiving live updates on when individuals get new jobs, LinkedIn can track certain data that the government cannot.

Original Air Date: October 9, 2017

Length: 6 minutes 24 seconds

 

As cigarette sales shrink, so do tobacco settlement payouts to states   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/14/life/fewer-smokers-means-looming-defaults-state-bonds

Summary: In 2016 states collected over $25 billion from tobacco settlements. Marketplace looks at the  criticisms of how that money is  allocated and what states will do when that money runs out.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2016

Length: 6 minutes 59 seconds

Chris Blattman on Cash, Poverty, and Development   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/07/chris_blattman.html

Summary: Russ Roberts interviews Chris Blattman of Columbia University on the subject of radical poverty and how the infusion of cash affects growth, education and political behavior.

Original Air Date: July 21, 2014

Length: 71 min

Spending Big Money To Fight Big Money   Leave a comment

PACsLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/08/01/336910418/episode-558-spending-big-money-to-fight-big-money

Summary: What is the role of money in politics? What is campaign finance and what is the Super PAC? How is it that the 1% fraction of the US population have the ability to spend as much as they want in order to influence political power? Planet Money interviews Lawrence Lessing of Harvard University on his idea to create a super PAC in order to fight Super PACs.

Original Air Date: August 1, 2014

Length: 16 min

Why It’s Illegal To Braid Hair Without A License   2 comments

jestinaclaytonLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/06/22/155596305/episode-381-why-its-illegal-to-braid-hair-without-a-license

Summary: The podcast outlines the problems that small local businesses face when the state forces licensing restrictions on their practices. Jestina Clayton, a local hair braiding businesswomen in Centerville, Utah shares her experience with the limiting aspects that licensing places on the U.S. economy.

Original air date: June 22, 2012

Length: 12:53 min

How Deep Is the Shadow Economy?   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/08/30/how-deep-is-the-shadow-economy-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: Freakeconomics radio interviews Sudhir Vankatesh about the size of the shadow economy and the variety of off-the book transactions that flow throughout our tax system. Examples touched upon range from illicit transactions such as drug trafficking to ordinary services such as hair-cutting.

Original air date: August 30, 2012

Length: 20:09 min

Leamer on Macroeconomic Patterns and Stories   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2009/05/leamer_on_macro.html

Summary: Ed Leamer, author of Macroeconomic Patterns and Stories discusses how the study of economics should not be treated as an empirical science but rather as a way of thinking. Leamer also emphasizes that patterns of macroeconomic policies and data should be used in order to further our understanding of the economy.

Original air date: May 4, 2009

Length: 1:06