17 episodes

A podcast series where we interview economists and other social scientist asking about their recent research papers and publications. The aim of this podcast is to share the work that economists, sociologist, anthropologist and historians do, making it accessible to students and the general public, independently from their background and preparation.

GrowthChat by Marco Lecci and Sascha O. Becker GrowthChat

    • Education

A podcast series where we interview economists and other social scientist asking about their recent research papers and publications. The aim of this podcast is to share the work that economists, sociologist, anthropologist and historians do, making it accessible to students and the general public, independently from their background and preparation.

    A Chat with Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin on how the world became rich

    A Chat with Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin on how the world became rich

    GrowthChat is a podcast on the social and cultural journey of humankind, hosted by Marco Lecci and Sascha O. Becker.  In this episode we chat with Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin about their book "How the World Became Rich: the historical origins of economic growth".  Most humans are significantly richer than their ancestors. Humanity gained nearly all of its wealth in the last two centuries. How did this come to pass? How did the world become rich?  Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin dive into the many theories of why modern economic growth happened when and where it did. They discuss recently advanced theories rooted in geography, politics, culture, demography, and colonialism. Pieces of each of these theories help explain key events on the path to modern riches. Why did the Industrial Revolution begin in 18th-century Britain? Why did some European countries, the US, and Japan catch up in the 19th century? Why did it take until the late 20th and 21st centuries for other countries? Why have some still not caught up?  Koyama and Rubin show that the past can provide a guide for how countries can escape poverty. There are certain prerequisites that all successful economies seem to have. But there is also no panacea. A society’s past and its institutions and culture play a key role in shaping how it may – or may not – develop

    • 56 min
    A Chat with Oded Galor on the Journey of Humanity

    A Chat with Oded Galor on the Journey of Humanity

    GrowthChat is a podcast on the social and cultural journey of humankind, hosted by Marco Lecci and Sascha O. Becker.  In this episode we chat with Oded Galor about his book "The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality". Oded, in a captivating journey from the dawn of human existence to the present offers an intriguing solution to two of humanity’s great mysteries. A landmark, radically uplifting account of our species' progress from one of the world's pre-eminent thinkers - with breakthrough insights into the power of diversity and our capacity to tackle climate change.  

    'Completely brilliant and utterly original ... a book for our epoch' Jon Snow, former presenter Channel 4 News  

    'Astounding in scope and insight ... provides the keys to the betterment of our species' Nouriel Roubini, author of Crisis Economics  

    'A masterful sweep through the human odyssey ... if you liked Sapiens, you'll love this' Lewis Dartnell, author of Origins

    • 41 min
    A Chat with Timur Kuran on the Peaceful Explosion of Rights in Ottoman Istanbul

    A Chat with Timur Kuran on the Peaceful Explosion of Rights in Ottoman Istanbul

    GrowthChat is a podcast on the social and cultural journey of humankind, hosted by Marco Lecci and Sascha O. Becker.  In this episode we chat with Timur Kuran  about his paper "Economic Harbingers of Political Modernization: Peaceful Explosion of Rights in Ottoman Istanbul”. Timur, looking at the Ottoman empire, explores the conditions under which fundamental rights expand without major resistance allowing radical institutional reforms in a peaceful context.

    • 45 min
    A Chat with Melissa Dell on the Persistent Effect of Peru’s Mining Mita

    A Chat with Melissa Dell on the Persistent Effect of Peru’s Mining Mita

    GrowthChat is a podcast on the social and cultural journey of humankind, hosted by Marco Lecci and Sascha O. Becker.  In this episode we chat with Melissa Dell  about her paper "The Persistent Effect of Peru’s Mining Mita”. Melissa examines the long-run impacts of the Mita, an extensive forced mining labor system in effect in Peru and Bolivia between 1573 and 1812. She finds that a Mita effect lowers household consumption by around 25% and increases the prevalence of stunted growth in children by around 6 percentage points in subjected districts today.  

    • 21 min
    A Chat with Elias Papaioannou on Pre-Colonial Ethnic Institutions and Contemporary African Development

    A Chat with Elias Papaioannou on Pre-Colonial Ethnic Institutions and Contemporary African Development

    GrowthChat is a podcast on the social and cultural journey of humankind, hosted by Marco Lecci and Sascha O. Becker.  In this episode we chat with Elias Papaioannou  about his paper "Pre-Colonial Ethnic Institutions and Contemporary African Development’”. Elias and his co-author, Stelios Michalopoulos, investigate the role of deeply rooted pre-colonial ethnic institutions in shaping comparative regional development within African countries. They find a strong positive association between pre-colonial political complexity and contemporary development

    • 27 min
    A chat with Raul Sanchez de la Sierra about the Origins of the State

    A chat with Raul Sanchez de la Sierra about the Origins of the State

    GrowthChat is a podcast on the social and cultural journey of humankind, hosted by Marco Lecci and Sascha O. Becker.  In this episode we chat with Raul Sanchez de la Sierra about his paper "On the Origins of the State: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo’”. Raul, in his paper, finds that armed actors may create “essential functions of a state” to better expropriate, which, depending on their goals, can increase welfare.

    • 34 min

Top Podcasts In Education

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
TED
Daily Stoic
Rich Roll
Infinite Intelligence
Craig Harper

You Might Also Like