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Capitalism is the engine of prosperity. Capitalism sows the seeds of its own demise. Could both be right? Economists Luigi Zingales (University of Chicago) and Kate Waldock (Georgetown) share the sort of irreverent banter you’d hear between economists at a bar, if economists were capable of sarcasm and social enough to go out to bars. Our show is part of the University of Chicago Podcast Network.

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    • Business
    • 4.5, 290 Ratings

Capitalism is the engine of prosperity. Capitalism sows the seeds of its own demise. Could both be right? Economists Luigi Zingales (University of Chicago) and Kate Waldock (Georgetown) share the sort of irreverent banter you’d hear between economists at a bar, if economists were capable of sarcasm and social enough to go out to bars. Our show is part of the University of Chicago Podcast Network.

    Too Big To Jail

    Too Big To Jail

    On this episode, Kate and Luigi use a recent criminal case against Walmart over its sale of opioids to explain the tactics many huge corporations use to dodge the justice system.

    • 34 min
    Coronavirus: The Future Of Universities

    Coronavirus: The Future Of Universities

    What will universities and colleges look like post-coronavirus? Will the entire industry be disrupted by online learning, will state schools go bankrupt, will elite universities be effected at all? On this episode, Luigi and Kate give their expert analysis as both economists and professors about the future of higher education.

    • 41 min
    Coronavirus: The State Bankruptcy Debate

    Coronavirus: The State Bankruptcy Debate

    States are facing massive shortfalls due to the coronavirus outbreak. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has suggested letting states file for bankruptcy. On this episode, Kate and Luigi explain why the debate over McConnell's proposal is far more complicated than most people think.

    • 38 min
    Coronavirus: The Risk Of Reopening

    Coronavirus: The Risk Of Reopening

    Despite warnings from government and health officials, some states are choosing to begin reopening their economies this week by ending lockdown restrictions. On this episode, Luigi and Kate lay out the economic reasons why that could end badly.

    • 33 min
    Coronavirus: How Are We Going To Pay For It?

    Coronavirus: How Are We Going To Pay For It?

    Congress has already passed a $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill, the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history. It's half the size of the entire annual federal budget, and another stimulus bill may be on the way. On this episode, Kate and Luigi explain the economic labyrinth of how we pay for these relief bills. Are we just printing money from thin air? How do we navigate issuing debt? And, with special guest Gene Fama, we discuss the possibility of a wealth tax. 

    • 38 min
    Coronavirus: How To Make An Exit

    Coronavirus: How To Make An Exit

    For the good of public health, it's important that we continue staying in quarantine at least for the next month or two. But, eventually, we will have to leave our homes. On this episode, Kate and Luigi debate the economic implications and strategies for how we exit shelter in place.

    • 37 min

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Coronavirus: How are we going to pay for it

This was an outstanding discussion on a subject matter that does not get discussed enough. Especially when it comes to a more detailed discussion about the long term implications.

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If these children represent the university of Chicago they are in trouble.

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So good to hear informed people disagree!

I appreciate the way these two economists questions one another and their field. They also admit when they aren’t sure about something, which is refreshing for academics.

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