Race, Racism and COVID-19 with Devi Sridhar   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/world-vs-virus-podcast/

This podcast connects the Covid-19 pandemic and the existing racial inequalities that have been exposed throughout the pandemic. Sridhar discusses the disproportionate effect Covid-19 has had on minority communities and the unconscious biases that have allowed this to occur. She also discusses the need to eradicate the virus, rather than living with it, after seeing new clusters of cases emerge in countries such as England, China, and South Korea.

Original Air Date: June 18, 2020

Length: 18 minutes 11 seconds

What is Bidenomics?   Leave a comment

Link:https://www.npr.org/2020/10/29/929127255/what-is-bidenomics

Biden has proposed an economic plan to contain the coronavirus while opening the economy again when it is safe to do so. His plan primarily focuses on affordable child care, creating more jobs in the green energy sector, and closing the racial wealth gap. This podcast discusses his plans to raise taxes on the wealthy, remove certain deductibles for these individuals, and increase taxes on corporations in order to fund some of these programs.

Original Air Date: October 29, 2020

Length: 9 minutes 42 seconds

Women in Economics: Lael Brainard   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.stlouisfed.org/timely-topics/women-in-economics/lael-brainard

Lael Brainard, who is a member of the Board of Governors at the Federal Reserve, discusses the reasons why she pursued a career in economics. She discusses her time living in different countries and her interest in the reasons different economic systems alter individuals’ opportunities and wellbeing. She also discusses the necessity for more diversity in terms of race and gender in the field to ensure different perspectives are accounted for.

Original Air Date: November 14 2018

Length: 16 minutes

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Political Ad Nauseam   Leave a comment

Link:https://www.npr.org/2020/10/09/922424987/political-ad-nauseam

With the presidential election coming up, NPR looked into how much money campaigns pay for certain demographics of voters. Approximately 60% of campaign spending is typically targeted at TV ads in battleground states such as Wisconsin and Florida. Using a generic party model, campaign advertisers are able to identify which individuals have a higher probability of being a “swing voter”.

Original Air Date: October 9, 2020

Length: 22 minutes 35 seconds

Taxing Hidden Wealth   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.aeaweb.org/research/taxing-hidden-wealth-daniel-reck

This podcast discusses research conducted by Daniel Reck regarding the enormous amount of wealth American’s keep overseas to avoid being taxed. Different policies that were enacted, specifically in 2008, aimed to increase the disclosure of offshore wealth, which were somewhat successful in the prevention of tax evasion.

Original Air Date: September 30, 2020

Length: 18 minutes 4 seconds

The COVID Slide: Impact on Childhood   Leave a comment

Link: https://bfi.uchicago.edu/podcast/episode-18-the-covid-slide-impact-on-childhood/

Across the country there is concern about the impacts of remote learning on children, specifically those who are already at a disadvantage. Some students may be “losing” up to a year of education depending on their age. This podcast discusses the risks that families are facing right now, as well as research regarding the new roles of parents in their children’s education.

Original Air Date: August 30, 2020

Length: 32 minutes, 47 seconds

Financing a Sustainable Recovery   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/09/great-reset-podcast-financing-sustainable-recovery-imf/

IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva discusses the need for sustained financial support from governments across the globe. Georgieva emphasizes that policymakers must keep in mind the future of their economies, and promote job creation in sectors which are developing, such as the green energy sector. Additionally, Georgieva discusses the need for investment everywhere in order to inhibit worsening global inequalities.

Original Air Date: September 11, 2020

Length: 16 minutes 11 seconds

Mask Communication   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/08/07/900273012/mask-communication

This podcast uses behavioral economics to analyze the reasons why people may refuse to wear masks. Economists believe when these individuals feel external constraints on their freedoms, they feel even less inclined to wear a mask. Behavioral economists discuss nudges/incentives that could be effective in this situation.

Original Air Date: August 7, 2020

Length: 26 minutes 26 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What are some other incentives you can think of that would influence more widespread mask wearing?

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

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/2020/09/18/covid-19-vaccine-components-vials-syringes-packaging-distribution/

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

Negative Oil   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/22/842095406/episode-993-negative-oil

Oil prices have officially fallen well below a dollar in the United States. This is extremely telling about the current state of the economy, considering this has never happened before.

Original Air Date: April 22 2020

Length: 16 minutes 22 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What can this tell us about the state of the global economy at the time of negative oil? If you were advising policy makers, how important would you say this event was or was not? Why?