Archive for the ‘History of Economics’ Category

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

Gregory on Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin’s Kremlin   Leave a comment


Summary: Historical background on the power struggle between Stalin and Bukharin. A summary of Paul Gregory’s book Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalins Kremlin analyzing the clear relation between violence and non-market allocation.

Original air date: July 12, 2010

Length: 1:02

Ober on the Ancient Greek Economy   Leave a comment


Athenian Legacies by Ober

Summary: Josiah Ober argues that ancient Greece, especially dominant provinces, such as Athens, were quite successful in sustaining economic growth via utilization of open political processes and economic policies that encouraged human capital investments or innovation.

Original air date: August 6, 2012

Length: 1:06

Baumeister on Gender Differences and Culture   Leave a comment


Summary: Roy Baumeister,  a Florida State psychology professor,  argues that there is no superiority level between men and woman. Rather, the genders excel at specific areas due to certain trade offs which they decided to take throughout their lives.

Original air date: November 14, 2011

Length: 1:16

Wapshott on Keynes and Hayek   Leave a comment


Summary: Nicholas Wapshott, author of Keynes Hayek: The clash that defined modern economics discusses the relationship between John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich A. Hayek and their individual ideals which shaped the field of economics.

Original air date: October 17, 2011

Length: 1:08

Obama, Ryan and Two Dead Economists   Leave a comment


Summary: Consideration of the economic philosophies in which the Obama and Ryan political platforms have their roots. An interview with Nicholas Wapshott regarding his book Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics presents an overview of Keynes and Hayek.

Original air date:  August 28, 2012

Length: 29:34