Archive for the ‘Market structure’ Category

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Oil Prices   Leave a comment

Oil pricesLink: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2018/01/19/579231506/therise-and-fall-and-rise-of-oil-prices

Summary: Oil prices have been fluctuating over the years, but when there is a price increase, many people may experience increases in the price of gas, heating, or a flight ticket back home as well. With the volatility of oil prices, what does this mean for determining future prices of oil and will these prices ever stabilize?

Original Air Date: January 19, 2018

Length: 7 minutes 4 seconds

How The Internet Got Ruined   Leave a comment

Chaos Computer Club Annual CongressLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/041917-mtech

Summary: “Move Fast and Break Things” is a newly released book about the monopolistic market structure of the internet.  Marketplace interviews Jonathan Taplin, the author of the book, who is the tour manager for Bob Dylan.  They discuss how the monopoly structure set up by the technology companies has ruined the communal nature of the internet. Also discussed is one silicon valley entrepreneur who left San Francisco for Minneapolis.

Original Air Date: April 19, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 35 seconds

Should We Be Able to Access Academic Articles Without Paywalls?   Leave a comment

library_3Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04252017-mtech

Summary: Students in college can attest that credible sources needed for a research paper are often hard to find, especially the free ones.  Marketplace introduces a new website that is the latest form of “hacktivism”, and is releasing research papers for free.  Marketplace also introduces the competition between YouTube and Twitch.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2017

Length: 7 minutes

Google is big. Is that bad?   Leave a comment

google bigLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/08/04/541643346/episode-787-google-is-big-is-that-bad 

Summary: The Planet Money team focus on the recent European Commission decision that Google violated anti trust rules. They discuss the context of the seven year consideration of the question whether Google has too much power over the Internet. Includes consideration of how the question is viewed differently in the U.S. and how this specific case helps us think generally about issues of competition.

Original Air Date: August 4, 2017

Length: 16:42

 

 

Cat Scam   Leave a comment

cat-picture-f5c39c93daa03f62c6eda4f68f3106dc0ff6d7cb-s1600-c85.jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/09/14/493810206/episode-724-cat-scam

Summary: The internet was supposed to eliminate middlemen, creating an area where consumers can buy directly from the manufacturers.  However, the internet is filled with middlemen to the point that middlemen are worried about other middlemen.  Planet Money discusses how the biggest companies on the internet (eBay and Amazon) are middlemen.

Original Air Date: September 14, 2016

Length: 21 minutes 5 seconds

Pub In A Box   Leave a comment

tigin-irish-pub-jfk7-495327b4eee1022a05b5beafa9f476a3da8fb717-s1600-c85.jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/04/12/523653040/episode-764-pub-in-a-box

Summary: Irish Pubs are everywhere, even in places like Hong Kong and the Ivory Coast.  One architecture student from Ireland, Mel McNally, began selling the Irish Pub to other areas.  Planet Money discusses how the Irish Pub is shipped in a box all over the world, and people will flock to it.

Original Air Date: April 12, 2017

Length: 17 minutes 19 seconds

Discussion Question: Who are Mel’s competitors in the market if he has control of the Irish Pub concept? What is the market structure?

A Report From the Land of Quarterly Profits and Losses   Leave a comment

Yahoo! Reports Drop In Profit But Rise In Sales In Q2Link: http://wwno.org/post/04192017-report-land-quarterly-profits-and-losses

Summary: In this marketplace podcast, they discuss the latest earnings of Yahoo, IBM and Volkswagen.  Marketplace also introduces two cities that are changing; New York City and Pittsburgh.  New York City is looking to disallow employers from asking candidates about past salary, and Pittsburgh is trying to shake the “Steel City” nickname for “Robo-burgh”.

Original Air Date: April 19, 2017

Length: 6 minutes 50 seconds