Archive for the ‘THE INDICATOR’ Tag

Chips, Cars, and the Baby Bust   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/12/976569019/chips-cars-and-the-baby-bust

In 2020, everyone, no matter their involvement with economics, knew what a shortage was. Toilet paper was gone from the shelves before it was even able to be stocked in stores. In 2021, there are some new shortages the U.S. is facing: microchips, cars, and babies. The Indicator discusses the causes of the limited supply of microchips which in turn is limiting car production, as well as the declining birth rate that the U.S. will face as a result of the pandemic.

Original Air Date: March 12, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 33 seconds

Myths And Realities Of America’s Rural Economy   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/22/980064728/myths-and-realities-of-americas-rural-economy

This week the Indicator talks with Economist Gbenga Ajilore, a senior advisor at the Department of Agriculture about the incorrect assumptions associated with life in rural America. He has studied these rural demographics and now advises policymakers away from these misguided ideas. They discuss the common misconceptions about these rural areas of the US relating to population, jobs, and migration. Some highlights Ajilore shares include: farming is not the only way of life, white people are not the only ones that live in rural areas, and that rural areas are not actually dying out.

Discussion Prompt: What are some other myths about rural areas that have an economic influence?

Original Date: March 22, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 39 seconds

Empty Houses, Reclaimed   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/26/971873769/empty-houses-reclaimed

Housing insecurity is a major issue that is facing our nation especially in a pandemic with millions out of jobs. As a result of this people have began taking their living situation into their own hands. A group in California who call themselves the “Reclaimers” decided to break into and reclaim vacant houses owned by the state. State officials decided to not evict any of these new tenets but instead leased the properties out to the housing authority, which allowed for the homes to be part of a transitional housing program. Sasha Atkins, one of the “Reclaimers”, discusses how housing insecurity could be lessened greatly if more states employed programs like the one put forth in California.

Original Air Date: March 1, 2021

Length: 9 minutes and 49 seconds

Seeking Refuge On The Open Road   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/23/970726684/seeking-refuge-on-the-open-road

Have you ever thought about throwing all your belongings in a car and living on the open road? Bob Wells, a van nomad discusses how he turned his life on the road from a last hope into a chance to create hope and opportunity for others by documenting his nomadic life on YouTube. This episode discusses how the break from the societal “rat race” can end up being a much better economic choice for many.

Original Air Date: February 23, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 59 seconds

The Virtual Office   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/31/983097569/the-virtual-office

Virtual reality (VR) might be the future of meetings in the office. With COVID-19 keeping people at home in online meeting spaces such as Zoom, VR is now being used by many businesses to join up for meetings. There is even more interest and investment happening in the field of VR making it currently worth around $16 billion and is expected to double within the next 5 years. The Indicator team discusses their experience with the virtual reality world and its growing market.

Original Air Date: March 31, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 59 seconds

The Power of Humor   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/02/08/965572857/the-power-of-humor

The Indicator discusses the value of humor in life. They invite Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, Stanford Business School faculty, to discuss their book new Humor, Seriously which highlights the importance of humor within the workplace. They consider all of the utility gained through the incorporation of humor into work such as increased productivity and satisfaction, as well as tips on how to add in humor to your workday.

Original Air Date: February 8, 2021

Length: 8 minutes 46 seconds

An Economist Walks into a Bar   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/12/923123253/an-economist-walks-into-a-bar

This podcast discusses how many groundbreaking ideas were discovered at bars and how they could potentially foster innovation. Individuals like Mike Andrews have researched this through studying the number of patents filed during Prohibition. Andrews found that innovation is mainly sparked through connections made with other individuals. As seen with the Covid-19 pandemic, individuals are still finding remote ways to foster innovation through technologies like Zoom.

Original Air Date: October 12,2020

Length: 9 minutes 59 seconds

Posted November 24, 2020 by meaghanprice3 in Behavioral economics, THE INDICATOR

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China’s New Normal   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/18/817995238/chinas-new-normal

China has been in lock down for over a month and a half. China has finally started to get things under control through travel restrictions and mandatory quarantining. Life is slowly beginning to go back to normal, indicating that things will get better.

Original Air Date: March 18, 2020

Length: 8 minutes 38 seconds

Discussion Prompt: What can other countries take away from China’s response to Covid-19? What should other countries do differently?