Archive for the ‘Planet Money’ Tag

How Vikings Launched Globalization 1.0   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/13/923237556/how-vikings-launched-globalization-1-0

In the year 1000 Vikings were the first individuals from Europe to discover North America. Eventually, they discovered that indigenous individuals were already there and began exchanging goods with them. This is the first known example of a good from one area in the world was able to be traded for a good in another region. There is even evidence of some form of coin being exchanged between the two groups.

Original Air Date: October 13, 2020

Length: 9 minutes 55 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?

The Hydrox Resurrection   Leave a comment

hydroxLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/08/23/545546014/episode-652-the-hydrox-resurrection 

Summary: Planet Money tells the tale of a man trying to bring back the forgotten Hydrox brand.  Discussion includes close substitutes, trademarks, patents, brands, and what they communicate to consumers.

Original Air Date: September 18, 2015

Length: 19:46

Special thanks to twitter@TiemesEsther for recommending this podcast

 

Posted September 5, 2017 by audioecon in Patent, Planet Money, Utility

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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