Archive for the ‘subsidy’ Category

Vials, syringes, Packaging: The Small but Vital Components of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution   Leave a comment


There is increasing demand for a Covid-19 vaccine, and although many are developing, scientists are still unsure when an effective vaccine will be finished. There is also concern that low income countries will struggle to gain equitable access to the vaccine once it is produced. Thomas Cueni, the director general of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations emphasized the importance of high income countries buying into efforts which would subsidize lower income countries.

Original Air Date: September 18, 2020

Length: 5 minutes 10 seconds

Obama, Trump, And Trade   Leave a comment

Obama, Trump, And TradeLink:

Summary: THE INDICATOR discusses the Trump administration trade policy thus far regarding the tariffs on solar panels and washing machines that were implemented during Obama’s administration. How much of an impact do tariffs actually make on a country’s economy, if they do at all?

Original Air Date: February 7, 2018

Length: 5 minutes 18 seconds


The Chicken Tax   Leave a comment


Summary: Believe it or not, there is a chicken tax and it actually applies to automobiles! Back in the 20th century, Germany levied a tax on American chicken to protect their domestic farmers.  The US responded by taxing German made automobiles,  and thus a trade war began.  Planet Money discusses the value of tariffs, and why the chicken tax is still around.

Original Air Date: January 25, 2017

Length: 16 minutes 56 seconds

Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

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Summary: The Planet Money team investigates the benefits associated with providing housing vouchers to families living in public housing.

Original Air Date: May 4, 2015

Length: 4 minutes 13 seconds

Posted September 7, 2016 by Grocery Hunt in Government, Planet Money, short length, subsidy, Utility

Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Difference

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Summary: The Planet Money team looks at the relative benefits of providing poor families a home in low poverty neighborhoods via housing vouchers.

Original Air Date: May 4, 2015

Length: 4 minutes 17 seconds

Posted June 28, 2015 by davidfield in Inequality, short length, subsidy, Utility

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How Solar Got Cheap   Leave a comment

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Summary: Solar power is becoming increasingly popular. The main reason is not due to environmental awareness but because of a market glut and a need to clear inventory.

Original Air Date: April 10, 2015

Length: 16 minutes

The Fight Over Ukraine’s Gas Bill   Leave a comment

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Summary: The Planet Money team look at the role that Ukraine’s gas subsidies played in the 2013/2014  crisis in the country. Includes discussion of the roots of the energy interdependence of Russia and Ukraine, gas subsidies, the creation of markets as communist systems were abandoned, and the choices Ukraine faced between Europe and Russia as partners to help it out of economic crisis.

Original air date: March 7, 2014

Length: 14 min


Killing Fannie Mae   Leave a comment

Obama Administration Presents Plans To Wind Down Fannie Mae And Freddie MacLink:

Summary: The Planet Money team revisits the question what the U.S. government should do with the mortgage ‘backers’, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which it took over as part of the financial crisis bailout. Includes a discussion of opposing views on whether the government should be involved in the housing market, and an outlook on what is politically most likely to be the long term outcome for these entities.

Length: 25:20 min

Original air date: July 2, 2013


The Art of Living at the Poverty Line   Leave a comment


Summary: Discusses an immigrant woman’s ability to live below the poverty line while also utilizing all the resources available to her to provide the best life to her young son. Discusses whether transfer payments are good or bad investments.

Length: 22:17 min

Original air date: May 24, 2013

Posted June 6, 2013 by audioecon in Efficiency, Government, Planet Money, subsidy, Taxes

10 Ways to Fight Obesity   Leave a comment

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Summary: Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner hosts a forum of experts who discuss and brainstorm strategies to combat childhood obesity. Considers strategies from the perspective of biology, politics, economics and psychology.

Length: 37:23

Original air date: March 27, 2013