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Bringing new ways of thinking to the dismal science. Produced in collaboration with CKUT 90.3fm Montreal.

Expanding Economics CKUT 90.3fm Montreal

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Bringing new ways of thinking to the dismal science. Produced in collaboration with CKUT 90.3fm Montreal.

    Ecological Economics with Michael Babcock

    Ecological Economics with Michael Babcock

    In this episode we are joined by Michael Babcock; Ph.D. candidate at McGill University where he studies natural resource development and teaches Ecological Economics. After taking Michael's class myself, I felt that the way I viewed the discipline of economics and the world more broadly had been drastically changed. Economists of the future must be thinking about how we will go on to power society and the impacts that have on the environment, Ecological Economics provides an opportunity for us to update our economic thinking and goals to be better suited to what is arguably the most pressing issue of our time.

    • 47 min
    Armchair Armchair Economists (ft. Georges Rigas)

    Armchair Armchair Economists (ft. Georges Rigas)

    For the last few episodes the Expanding Economics team has been discussing inflation, crashing markets, and whatever other economic problems we uncovered along the way. This time, we wanted to hear from someone outside of the group and see how their economic perspective differs from ours. On this episode, we are joined by fellow economics undergrad Georges Rigas to see how well our education has (or has not) equipped us to discuss some of the most pressing economic questions of the moment. We hope you enjoy it - if you are interested in being our next podcast episode, contact us with a pitch! expandingecon.mtl@rethinkeconomics.org

    • 38 min
    NIMBYism and Speculation in the Canadian Housing Market

    NIMBYism and Speculation in the Canadian Housing Market

    In this episode Sofia and Andrew discuss NIMBYism and why it is pervasive and harmful to the Canadian housing market.

    After months of consecutive record breaking highs, Canadian housing prices have finally begun to show signs of decline in response to rising interest rates, but what caused this boom in the first place? Has housing just become another speculative asset or do prices reflect market fundamentals of too much demand and constricted supply?

    • 35 min
    Inflation Pt. 3 - The Great Divide in Economics

    Inflation Pt. 3 - The Great Divide in Economics

    Welcome back to the Expanding Economics podcast, in part three of our series on inflation, we delve into the economic history of inflation to better understand why it is a problem and how we keep getting ourselves into this situation. We discuss post-WW1 Germany, the 1970s oil crisis, and how the low inflation in the decades since led us to where we are today. Finally, we ask ourselves the age-old question that has been dividing economists for decades... "is inflation a monetary phenomenon?".

    • 49 min
    Inflation Pt. 2 – Yet Another Oil Crisis…

    Inflation Pt. 2 – Yet Another Oil Crisis…

    This episode is part two of a three-part series on inflation. As inflationary pressures continue to rise throughout the world, we look at how we got here, what it signals for future economic outcomes and what economic theory does or does not have to say about it.
     
    In this episode, we discuss the current oil crisis and what it signals as to the future of regards to natural resources, energy and the sustainability movement. How does our systematic dependency on oil effect consumers? Who gets disproportionately affected? Will this crisis expedite the energy transition or is this just wishful thinking?
     
    While there are no easy solutions in the short run, we find it essential to think about how this current crisis is yet another sign to take action and rethink the way we power our lives.
     
    Thanks for listening and stay tuned for part three!

    • 18 min
    Inflation Pt.1 - The Impacts of COVID Fiscal Spending

    Inflation Pt.1 - The Impacts of COVID Fiscal Spending

    Welcome back to the Expanding Economics Podcast!
     
    This episode is part one of a three-part series on inflation. As inflationary pressures continue to rise throughout the world, we look at how we got here, what it signals for future economic outcomes and what economic theory does or does not have to say about it.
     
    In part one we start with the impact of the pandemic and government fiscal policies on supply chains, aggregate demand and employment. To what extent was government intervention necessary to help keep the economy afloat and what trade-offs had to be made and could we have done better? While there are no clear-cut answers, in this episode we attempt to make a start at dissecting such issues.
     
    Thanks for listening and stay tuned for part two!

    • 16 min

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EnabledEtheropian ,

This is a must listen for Econ fans

An accessible but in depth analysis and critique of dominant narratives in Economics. Listeners are treated to alternative explanations that are both revolutionary and cathartic. Much needed in these times

Maddy 222 ,

Great Podcast!

Easy to understand and interesting even for someone with no economics background. A great listen about challenging what you’re taught and thinking about the university system and the world in new ways, great podcast!

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