Archive for the ‘History of Economics’ Category

Why We Work So Much   Leave a comment

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Summary: John Maynard Keynes believed that in the future people would work less, he was wrong. The Planet Money team explain the reasons why this has yet to change.

Original Air Date: July 24, 2015

Length: 13 mins 11 sec

The Invention Of ‘The Economy’   Leave a comment

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Summary: ‘The Economy’ is ever-present in today’s conversations but it was not always this way. This podcast describes the emergence of the phrase ‘The Economy’ and Gross Domestic Product.

Original Air Date: February 28, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 29 seconds

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage   Leave a comment

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Summary: Planet Money takes us back through time to when the U.S. first set a minimum wage. Historically, the U.S. had rejected any attempts at a minimum wage law, considering them unconstitutional.  But things changed after Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Original Air Date: January 17, 2014

Length: 17 min

A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed   Leave a comment

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Summary: An historical retelling of the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank

Original Air Date: December 20, 2013

Length: 15 min

A Second Look at Capitalism   Leave a comment

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Summary: Host Tom Ashbrook interviews History Professors Julia Ott and Louis Hyman to discuss the history of capitalism, its record of economic and social performance, and its future, particularly in the post Cold War context.

Original air date April 10, 2013

Length: 46:01


What would the World look like if economists were in charge?   Leave a comment

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Summary: To what extent would the world change if economists ran the world? The podcast interviews Estonian prime minister, Mart Laar, who revamped his economy based on the teachings of  Milton Friedman;  and Friedman’s grandson, Patri Friedman, who want to build cities in the middle of the ocean.

Original Air Date: March 24, 2010

Length: 20 min

What A 16th Century Guild Teaches Us About Competition   2 comments


Summary:  Sheilagh Ogilvie, an economic historian at Cambridge University, outlines the importance of guilds in the 16th century and how their political and economic structures  parallel  modern workplaces and markets.

Original air date: March 27, 2012

Length: 30:15 min