Archive for the ‘Urban economics’ Category

This visa program is a path to citizenship for the rich   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/16/business/eb5-visas

Summary: Marketplace analyzes the EB-5 visa program which allows wealthy foreign investors to secure American citizenship, only if investors are willing to invest at least a half a million dollars in the United States.

Original Air Date: April 18, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 29 seconds

The midlife economic anxiety crisis   Leave a comment

midlifeLink: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/03/18/world/why-theres-so-much-economic-anxiety-midlife

Summary: According to the Marketplace Economic Anxiety Index, 35-54 year olds are the most worried age group in the U.S. Children’s college tuition and retirement loom over these folks and they also felt the aftershocks of the housing crisis and stock market crash. Marketplace speaks to a couple about their economic concerns and decisions.

Original Air Date: March 18, 2016

Length: 5 minutes and 4 seconds

Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?   Leave a comment

The golden archesLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/03/06/286861541/does-raising-the-minimum-wage-kill-jobs

Summary: Minimum wage is a hot topic in the economic realm. In this podcast the same study is done three times resulting in different outcomes on the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage.

Original Air Date: March 6, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 32 seconds

A Shrinking City Knocks Down Neighborhoods   Leave a comment

youngstownLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/03/15/134432054/a-shrinking-city-knocks-down-neighborhoods

Summary: How do you shrink down a city? In the past decade, the people of Youngstown, Ohio have experienced an 18% decrease in their population. Realizing that conventional economic development and city planning are not bringing efficient production, Youngstown has decided that expansion is not part of their agenda.

Original Air Date: March 15, 2011

Length: 4 min

Parking is Hell   3 comments

freak parkingLink: http://www.freakonomics.com/2013/03/13/parking-is-hell-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Summary: Interview with Professor of Urban Planning, Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking about the hidden price of ‘free’ parking. Includes consideration of the use / abuse of handicapped placards and the percentage of urban land taken up by parking areas.

Length: 37:09

Original air date: March 13, 2013

Why Cities Rock   Leave a comment

cities rockLink: http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/02/18/freakonomics-radio-why-cities-rock/

Summary: Edward Glaeser, professor of Economics at Harvad University and author of the book Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier explains the importance of urban cities and the positive effects they produce for our overall wellbeing.

Original Air Date: February 18, 2011

Length: 17 min

Four In One   2 comments

4_in_oneLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/09/11/160959685/episode-401-four-in-one

Summary: NPR visit Manhattan New York, Brooklyn New York, Germany and the moon in this four-story podcast to consider:  the effect of taxis on the infrastructure of a city; the craftsmanship of a bespoke tailor; the complicated aspects of the employment sector in the European Union; and the clever life insurance strategies of the Apollo 11 crew before their launch to the moon.

Original air date: September 11, 2012

Length: 22:21 min

The Failure Tour Of New York   Leave a comment

woolworthLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/09/04/160555540/episode-279-the-failure-tour-of-new-york

Summary: Economist Tim Harford, senior columnist for the Financial Times, argues that failure is necessary for success and that economic growth is a product of learning from mistakes.

Original air date: September 04, 2012

Length: 14:22 min

Posted February 4, 2013 by leonidhapulluqi in Economic growth, Market structure, Planet Money, Urban economics

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How Much Is A Firefighter Worth?   3 comments

firetruckLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/12/18/167265874/episode-424-how-much-is-a-firefighter-worth

Summary: A look at how changing building codes, etc. have changed the risk of fires and so impacted the market for firefighters.  Considers challenges in current public policy around fire fighting, including whether policies reflect the current market.

Original air date: December 18, 2012

Length: 19:21

How To Make It In The Food Truck Business   3 comments

img_6468Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/04/25/151365350/how-to-make-it-in-the-food-truck-business

Summary: NPR sheds light on the competitive market economy of the food truck business in Manhattan,.

Original air date: April 27, 2012

Length: 14:24 min

Discussion Prompt:  Restaurants are a common example of firms operating in a monopolistically competitive type of market structure.  In what way do you think food trucks do or do not fall in that same market structure category?  Explain using economic thinking.

Follow-up Prompt:  The podcast discusses the particular strategies that food truck drivers might employ to be successful in their goal of maximizing profits.  How do you think the type of market structure in which a firm operates impacts the strategic thinking and actions that firms engage in? You can make your comments relevant to the food truck example, or think more broadly and connect to other industries or examples.