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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 Pokémon Card Price Boom

    The Pokémon Card Price Boom

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


    What has been behind the boom in the value of Pokemon cards? 
    Could this be a genuine investment vehicle?  
    Or is this all heading towards being the next beanie baby bubble?  

    • 13 min
    The 2020 Nobel Prize in Economics

    The 2020 Nobel Prize in Economics

    In and amongst all of the happenings in the world this year these awards have kind of flown under the radar which is unfortunate because they all recognized some very remarkable works.

    And in the field of economics, it all had to do with auctions. 

    Auctions and Auction Theory are one of the most important systems to understand in economics because they act as an efficient way to build markets and correctly determine how we value items. 

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


    What should the average person or aspiring economist know about Auction Theory?
    What did the winners of this year's Nobel prize contribute to this theory?
    And how can this be utilized to build better and more efficient economies?

    • 21 min
    Here's Why Supply and Demand Is Overrated!

    Here's Why Supply and Demand Is Overrated!

    If you were to ask any random person on the street what it is that they knew about economics there is a pretty good chance that the first thing that they would blurt out would be the words “Supply & Demand”

    The number of people out there willing and able to buy a good or service versus the number of people out there willing to sell a good or service, all individually vying to get the best possible price. 

    If demand increases prices increase, if demand falls prices fall and visa versa with supply. 

    Now I know this channel is called Economics Explained but for most of you listening, all of this should pretty much go without saying. 

    The only issue is that this rosy picture is in no way a reflection of the real world. 

    So what is going on here?

    In this episode of Economics Explained we will explore the following questions:


    How are prices decided if not through supply and demand?
    What does this mean for regular people in the economy?
    How could all of this be used to make better policies and business decisions?
    And how does this all make the case for a zero dollar minimum wage?

    • 16 min
    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

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