54 episodes

Dollar and Sense is a podcast about all things trade. From local ports and markets to international trade and diplomacy, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Dollar and guests explain how our global trading system is built and its effect on our everyday lives.

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    • 4.8, 53 Ratings

Dollar and Sense is a podcast about all things trade. From local ports and markets to international trade and diplomacy, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Dollar and guests explain how our global trading system is built and its effect on our everyday lives.

    A progressive case for free trade, immigration, and global capital

    A progressive case for free trade, immigration, and global capital

    Globalization has earned a bad reputation in the United States for contributing to many of the challenges that American workers face. Rather than trying to reverse globalization with more protectionism, a position that’s gained traction in Washington, Reed College Professor Kimberly Clausing argues the U.S. should pursue policies that directly help workers, like wage insurance and tax reform. She joins David Dollar to make the case for openness and recommend complementary policies that would ensure the benefits of globalization are evenly shared.
    Clausing is the author of “Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital.”

    • 30 min
    Will China's debt bubble ever pop?

    Will China's debt bubble ever pop?

    China’s buildup of debt to fuel economic growth has raised fears of an eventual collapse. So, what factors would precipitate such a collapse? And if one were to occur, how would it affect the rest of the world? How can Chinese policymakers guard against financial crisis? These are questions that Bloomberg Economics chief economist Tom Orlik takes up in his new book, China: The Bubble That Never Pops. Orlik joins David Dollar in this episode to discuss China’s economic growth model, the potential for reforms, and how the economy has responded to the trade war and COVID-19.
    Dollar and Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 24 min
    Africa’s roadmap for long-term economic growth

    Africa’s roadmap for long-term economic growth

    In his new book “Unlocking Africa’s Business Potential,” Landry Signé shows why Africa is ripe for business investment, citing fast-growing consumer and business spending, improved political stability and business environments, regional integration, and a burgeoning youth population eager to capitalize on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Signé joins David Dollar to explain which sectors – like agriculture and manufacturing – offer particularly high potential returns, and he details the trends that should leave us all optimistic about the potential for Africa’s long-term economic growth.
    Dollar and Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 33 min
    Sen. Tom Carper on the trade issues confronting America

    Sen. Tom Carper on the trade issues confronting America

    Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) joins David Dollar to discuss today’s pressing issues in global trade, including the security of Hong Kong, U.S.-China economic relationship, and implementation of the USMCA. Sen. Carper emphasizes the need for bipartisan solutions to meet these challenges and argues that Congress should reclaim its authority over shaping trade policy.
     
    Dollar and Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 27 min
    The US-China tech rivalry shapes the economic relationship

    The US-China tech rivalry shapes the economic relationship

    China’s technological rise has led to anxiety in the United States over the possibility that China will dominate technologies of the future – but is there any merit to those concerns? Peter Petri, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings and professor of International Finance at the Brandeis International Business School, joins David Dollar to provide an overview of technology competition between China and the United States.
    Dollar and Petri are both contributors to a new book, "China 2049," focused on how China may reform as it seeks to become the world’s next economic superpower.
    Dollar and Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 25 min
    What’s at stake in China’s new national security legislation for Hong Kong?

    What’s at stake in China’s new national security legislation for Hong Kong?

    China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress, recently voted to prepare national security legislation that will impose new restrictions on Hong Kong and may threaten the civil and political rights of the people there. To explain what led to this recent escalation and the implications for Hong Kong’s “special status” under U.S. law, David Dollar is joined by Richard Bush, a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings.
     
    Dollar and Sense is a part of the Brookings Podcast Network. Send feedback email to BCP@Brookings.edu, and follow us at @policypodcasts on Twitter.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

zherli ,

Senator Toomey interview

Excellent interview! Great to know there are still free traders in Republican Party. I was surprised by his candid comments on the shortcoming of USMCA and need to reconsider TTP. I also enjoyed the interview with Senator Portman. How about inviting some Democrats like Senator Warner to give an interview? Keep up the much needed efforts to make economic policy and trade issues understandable to common people.

RJG179 ,

Softball Interview

Senator Toomey is hardly a credible guest without first acknowledging his very particular political ideology on free trade and I question what value his particular interview added to this podcast. Senator Toomey is a free trade proponent, but only in the sense that he is a proponent when the agreement fits his narrow world view.

To hear the senator state that the USMCA and by extension the TPP are problematic in his view because of the of the elimination of their investor-state dispute settlement, but then go on to state in his very next point that getting involved in countries’ labor laws and their enforcement is problematic is as hypocritical as it is telling.

It would be wise to recall Pat Toomey’s role as the President of the so-called Club for Growth directly before he was elected to the senate. His organization under his leadership routinely primaried and defeated Republicans who they deemed insufficiently conservative, especially on their key issues, which could succinctly be described as strictly corporatist.

Senator Toomey’s poses as a moderate on social issues, but has a well-documented world view characterized by extreme corporatism and as someone who stands firmly against collective bargaining rights as well as common sense labor laws and safeguards. His political work as the president of the Club for Growth silenced a great many moderate voices in the Republican Party and inadvertently contributed to the gross polarization that we see today in Washington that is having the opposite of his stated desired effect of promoting free trade.

I’ve been listening to this podcast since the beginning and have usually found it to be educational, but I question what value this particular interview added. I think that simply presenting senator Toomey as some stalwart proponent of free trade leaves out a lot and it leads me to question the lens through which this podcast is presented. I will be much more cautious going forward and no longer take this podcast at face value.

kathleenlu ,

Excellent and Pragmatic Analyses

Each episode is structured in the perfect 20-30 min length with an in-depth conversation with a field expert.

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