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North Korea’s Capitalists   Leave a comment

This photo taken on July 28, 2013 shows customers shopping at a supermarket in Pyongyang. Chinese yuan, US dollars, euros and tea bags. Money can come in many forms in North Korea, but as a foreign visitor you'll probably never even see a local banknote, let alone use one. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/10/13/557645729/episode-800-north-koreas-capitalists?utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=bufferffd48&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Summary: Learn about a little group in North Korea, called the ‘donju.’ The economic prosperity that they developed went on to support the country’s nuclear program and contributed to the growth of their economy. This was all made possible when Kim Jong Un began allowing consultants from overseas to educate  North Korean entrepreneurs on accounting, trade, and management. They did this without daring to actually call it a spread of capitalism, as North Korea still remains a strict socialist country.

Original Air Date: October 13, 2017

Length: 24 minutes 25 seconds

Discussion prompt (1): Having listened to this podcast, what type of economic system do you think North Korea has? What impact do you think this system has on people, businesses and the government. Use specific examples from the podcast to support your answer.

Discussion Prompt (2): The podcast points out that in N Korea’s economic system “the state technically owns everything.” How does this impact the ‘Donju’?  Think particularly how it impacts the incentives they face to start and grow a business (contributing to economic development).

Discussion Prompt (3): Why would entrepreneurship not be something typically observed in a Centrally Planned/Socialist country? How are the economic incentives of this system related to this lack of entrepreneurship? According to this podcast, how did the economic actions of the Donju contribute to economic growth in N. Korea?

 

Pub In A Box   Leave a comment

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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?

Can Samsung Give Us What We Really Want?   Leave a comment

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-TELECOMMUNICATIONSLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04212017-mtech

Summary: After the failure of the S7, Samsung has released the S8 hoping to bait customers into switching from the iPhone.  Marketplace introduces whether or not the S8 is ready to take over market share from the iPhone.  They also introduce how using technology in Arizona has affected tourism.

Original Air Date: April 21, 2017

Length: 6 minutes 26 seconds

Discussion Question: Explain the market of tourism; who are the competitors? How is market share achieved? What role does technology play? Also, is there demand for Samsung, or are they too far behind on the iPhone?

Posted August 8, 2017 by jamezweb in Discussion prompt, Efficiency, Incentives, Market structure, Technology

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Uploading the Human Mind to a Machine   Leave a comment

SPAIN-TECHNOLOGY-ROBOTLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/2017-03-23

Summary: Technology has become increasingly present in various markets.  ESports is an up and coming sports league that is centered around video games, and artificial intelligence involves uploading the human mind into a machine.  These are two recent trends in the technology sector that Marketplace discusses in this podcast.

Original Air Date: March 23, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 12 seconds

Discussion Question: How does advancing technology impact jobs? What effect does it have on unemployment, if any at all?

Eagles vs. Chickens   Leave a comment

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Summary: One farmer had what seemed like a great environmentally conscious plan to fertilize his soil.  However, Eagles threw his plan of offering Whole foods consumers organic chicken into disarray.  Planet Money discusses how the unintended consequences impacted farmer’s plan.

Original Air Date: February 3, 2017

Length: 17 minutes 28 seconds

Discussion Question: What were the unintended consequences of the farmer’s choice to use chickens to fertilize the soil? Explain how unintended consequences are important to economics.

A New 3-D Pen Lets Kids Create Their Own Toys   Leave a comment

3DoodlerSeaLink: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/02/22/tech/3d-pen-kids-wins-best-toy-award-toy-fair-2017

Summary: Educational technology toys are a hot new trend in the toy market.  One company, Bogue, introduced a new concept allowing kids to create their own toys through a 3-D printer.  Marketplace introduces how Bogue is competing with giant toy companies.

Original Air Date: February 22, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 15 seconds

Discussion Question: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages Bogue has with creating a new category in the market? How does this impact competition?

Farmers Hack Their Equipment to Evade Tractor Company Policies   Leave a comment

Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water ConversationLink: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/03/27/tech/farmers-hack-their-equipment-evade-tractor-company-policies

Summary: Farmers are hacking into their own tractors in order to fix them, rather than pay for a dealer to fix it for them.  Marketplace introduces this situation and explains why tractor owners aren’t satisfied with this developing market concentration in the repair market and what they hope to do about it. .

Original Air Date: March 27, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 2 seconds

Discussion Question: What impact does forcing tractor owners to go through dealers for repairs do for competition in the market? Who benefits from this system more, the owner or the dealer?