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On Economics Explained, we take a look at interesting countries, policies, and decisions from the point of view of an economist. The world is an interesting place and we hope to uncover some of this intrigue in our short, informative podcasts.

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On Economics Explained, we take a look at interesting countries, policies, and decisions from the point of view of an economist. The world is an interesting place and we hope to uncover some of this intrigue in our short, informative podcasts.

    The Growing Generational Wealth Gap

    The Growing Generational Wealth Gap

    The long-suffering generation of millennials are now set to be significantly poorer than both baby boomers and Gen X'ers. 

    Having entered the workforce during the fallout of the 2008 mortgage crisis and then being hit particularly hard during this current crisis has meant that today millennials only account for 3% of national wealth, where boomers at the same point in their lives accounted for 27%.

    This trend is more than just another pity party for our fellow latte-sipping millennials. On a wider level, the share of wealth owned by people under the age of 40 has shrunk from 13% to just under 7% over the past 3 decades. 

    Even if we ignore the social issues of younger families having to make do with half that of what their parents did this can have some serious 

    Therefore if this trend continues businesses around the world might start to lose out on their Goldilocks zone of consumer spending. 


    What is causing this downward pressure on wealth in younger generations?
    What will this mean for the future growth of nations like the USA?
    And could this just be a waiting game of wealth, inevitably getting passed down? 

    • 15 min
    The Shifting Economics of California

    The Shifting Economics of California

    This is California, the Golden State and one of the largest economies in the world in its own right. 

    If California was counted as a sovereign nation it would be the fifth-largest in the world by GDP, with a 3.2 trillion dollar gross state product putting it just behind Germany and just ahead of India. 

    In this episode of Economics Explained, we'll explore the following questions:


    What made the state so prosperous before the 2020 downturn?
    What were the underlying issues impacting the economy?
    How will these issues be impacted by this decline?

    • 16 min
    Are the "Extreme" Economic Systems Totally Pointless?

    Are the "Extreme" Economic Systems Totally Pointless?

    Communism vs Laissez-Faire Capitalism

    Both of these opposing theories are very extreme and, for what it's worth, don’t exist in any modern economies anywhere around the world today, despite what some nations might have you believe. 

    In this episode of Economics Explained, we'll explore the following questions:

    So what are the economic arguments for and against a communist economic system? 

    What are the economic arguments for and against a completely free market?

    Are there any examples of these extreme systems actually working throughout history?

    • 21 min
    Why Unprofitable Companies Are Winning in 2020

    Why Unprofitable Companies Are Winning in 2020

    The bottom line is the most important part of any functioning business.

    Profit after costs, expenses, and taxes. 

    The money that the founders and investors in companies get to put back into their pockets for the risk and effort they put into a business. 

    Sounds like business 101 right? And it kind of is.

    A business that doesn’t turn a profit is like a freezer that kind make ice, it’s more or less pointless. 

    And sure there are things like non-profit charity organizations out there but most businesses exist to make money!

    So why is it that some of the biggest companies in the world are not turning profits? Why is it that they don’t even plan to?

    • 14 min
    The Economics of Prisons

    The Economics of Prisons

    Inflation is something we more or less take for granted these days. The idea that 5 dollars today is not going to be able to buy 5 dollars worth of stuff in the future, and the fact that you used to be able to buy a family home for 10 grand, are all the result of inflation. 

    The idea that over time money becomes worthless and less influences a lot of decisions in out lives. Everything from retirement planning to salary negotiations take this relatively benign and constant force into account. 

    But it is something that should be feared. 

    • 12 min
    Is Hyperinflation Coming?

    Is Hyperinflation Coming?

    Inflation is something we more or less take for granted these days. The idea that 5 dollars today is not going to be able to buy 5 dollars worth of stuff in the future, and the fact that you used to be able to buy a family home for 10 grand, are all the result of inflation. 

    The idea that over time money becomes worthless and less influences a lot of decisions in out lives. Everything from retirement planning to salary negotiations take this relatively benign and constant force into account. 

    But it is something that should be feared. 

    • 21 min

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