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Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

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Hosted by David Beckworth of the Mercatus Center, Macro Musings is a podcast which pulls back the curtain on the important macroeconomic issues of the past, present, and future.

    Sam Hammond and Brink Lindsey on *Faster Growth, Fairer Growth: Policies for a High Road, High Performance Economy*

    Sam Hammond and Brink Lindsey on *Faster Growth, Fairer Growth: Policies for a High Road, High Performance Economy*

    Sam Hammond is the director of poverty and welfare policy at the Niskanen Center and Brink Lindsey is vice president and director of the Open Society Project at the Niskanen Center. Both are returning guests to the podcast, and they join David again on Macro Musings to talk about their new pro-growth report titled, *Faster Growth, Fairer Growth: Policies for a High Road, High Performance Economy.* Specifically, they detail a number of different policies the US government could adopt to achieve faster and fairer economic growth, including social insurance modernization, child allowances, and more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Sam’s Twitter: @hamandcheese
    Sam’s Niskanen profile: https://www.niskanencenter.org/author/samuel-hammond/
     
    Brink’s Twitter: @lindsey_brink
    Brink’s Niskanen profile: https://www.niskanencenter.org/author/brink-lindsey/
     
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    *Faster Growth, Fairer Growth: Policies for a High Road, High Performance Economy* by Brink Lindsey and Sam Hammond
    https://www.niskanencenter.org/faster-growth-fairer-growth-policies-for-a-high-road-high-performance-economy/
     
    *Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find?* by Nicholas Bloom, Charles Jones, John Van Reenen, and Michael Webb
    https://web.stanford.edu/~chadj/IdeaPF.pdf
     
    *How Asia Works* by Joe Studwell
    https://groveatlantic.com/book/how-asia-works/
     
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth
    David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/

    • 59 min
    Bilal Hafeez on Inflation, Innovation, and Economic Recovery after COVID-19

    Bilal Hafeez on Inflation, Innovation, and Economic Recovery after COVID-19

    Bilal Hafeez is the CEO and Founder of Macro Hive and previously worked at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Nomura. Bilal joins Macro Musings to discuss recent economic developments and the outlook for inflation after the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, Bilal and David discuss the prospects for a K-shaped US recovery, COVID-19’s impact on the Eurozone and the UK, how the launch of the EU’s recovery fund has fared, and how the pandemic has impacted the outlook for the services sector, inflation, and the US dollar.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Bilal’s Macro Hive profile: https://macrohive.com/researcher/bilal-hafeez/
    Bilal’s website: http://bilalhafeez.com/
    Bilal’s Twitter: @bilalhafeez123
     
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    *The True Economic Consequences of the COVID Peace* by Bilal Hafeez
    https://macrohive.com/hive-exclusives/the-true-economic-consequences-of-the-covid-peace
     
    *EU Enjoys ‘Outrageous Demand’ for First Covid-related Bond* by Tommy Stubbington
    https://www.ft.com/content/e3553b68-22c8-487c-a7c0-7e1c6dc0ec4b
     
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth
    David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/

    • 54 min
    Adam Ozimek on the Past, Present, and Future of Remote Work in the Face of COVID-19

    Adam Ozimek on the Past, Present, and Future of Remote Work in the Face of COVID-19

    Adam Ozimek is the chief economist for Upwork, a global remote freelancing platform, and a returning guest to the podcast. Adam rejoins Macro Musings to talk about some of the lasting impacts of the pandemic on businesses; specifically its influence on remote work. David and Adam also discuss the results of the payment protection program, why the prime age employment to population ratio should become the most important employment measure, the economic geography of remote work, and more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Adam’s Twitter: @ModeledBehavior
    Adam’s website: https://adamozimek.com/
     
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    *The Future of Remote Work*by Adam Ozimek
    https://www.upwork.com/press/releases/the-future-of-remote-work
     
    *COVID-19 and Remote Work: An Early Look at US Data* by Erik Byrnjolfsson, John Horton, Adam Ozimek, Daniel Rock, Garima Sharma, and Hong-Yi TuYe
    https://www.nber.org/papers/w27344
     
    *Where Remote Work Saves Commuters Most* by Adam Ozimek
    https://www.upwork.com/press/releases/where-remote-work-saves-commuters-most
     
    *When Work Goes Remote* by Adam Ozimek
    https://www.upwork.com/research/when-work-goes-remote
     
    *How Many Jobs can be Done at Home?* by Jonathan Dingel and Brent Neiman
    https://bfi.uchicago.edu/wp-content/uploads/BFI_White-Paper_Dingel_Neiman_3.2020.pdf
     
    *How Many U.S. Jobs Might be Offshorable?* by Alan Blinder
    https://www.princeton.edu/~ceps/workingpapers/142blinder.pdf
     
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth
    David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/

    • 51 min
    Alan Cole on Monetary Policy for a Post-COVID Economy

    Alan Cole on Monetary Policy for a Post-COVID Economy

    Alan Cole is a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. Alan joins David on Macro Musings to discuss his work with the JEC and his thoughts on the economy. Specifically, Alan and David discuss the high savings rate during the COVID-19 crisis, the track record of US monetary policy from the 2008 financial crisis to the 2020 COVID-19 crisis, why the Fed’s commitment to average inflation targeting is an incremental step toward level targeting, and suggestions for the Fed moving forward.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Alan’s Twitter: @AlanMCole
     
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    The JEC’s Social Capital Project: https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republicans/socialcapitalproject
     
    *Saving and COVID-19* by Alan Cole
    https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republicans/analysis?ID=754B52C6-04CD-458B-8755-98D1219398F1
     
    *Stable Monetary Policy to Connect More Americans to Work* by Alan Cole
    https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republicans/analysis?ID=051267FC-0147-4E31-BE80-946E0543AF82
     
     *Bullard May Be More Right Than Wrong* by Tim Duy
    https://blogs.uoregon.edu/timduyfedwatch/2020/09/28/bullard-may-be-more-right-than-wrong/
     
    *The Fed’s Mistake* by Adam Ozimek and Michael Ferlez
    https://www.economy.com/home/products/samples/2018-11-20-Feds-Mistake.pdf
     
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth
    David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/

    • 50 min
    David French on Political Polarization in America and Its Impact on the 2020 Elections

    David French on Political Polarization in America and Its Impact on the 2020 Elections

    David French is a senior editor of The Dispatch and has written widely on American politics. David has a new book out on the polarization in the United States titled, *Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore our Nation.* He joins Macro Musings for another special presidential election episode to discuss this book as well as what political polarization means for the election, this country, and the economy. Specifically, both Davids talk about the political geography of polarization, the national red state versus blue state dynamics, and how instituting more federalism might be the solution.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    David French’s Twitter: @DavidAFrench
    David French’s Dispatch archive: https://thedispatch.com/people/5849328-david-french
     
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    *Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore our Nation* by David French
    https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250201973
     
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth
    David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/

    • 58 min
    Michael Strain on the Differing Economic Policies of Trump vs. Biden

    Michael Strain on the Differing Economic Policies of Trump vs. Biden

    Michael Strain is the Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and a previous guest of the show. Michael joins Macro Musings for a special presidential election episode to discuss President Trump's economic record and what a Biden presidency might mean for the economy compared to a second term for President Trump. Specifically, David and Michael discuss the presidential candidates’ past records and campaign goals for trade, taxes, regulations, immigration, and more.
     
    Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings
     
    Michael’s Twitter: @MichaelRStrain
    Michael’s AEI profile: https://www.aei.org/profile/michael-r-strain/
     
    Related Links:
     
    The Mercatus Center’s RegData databse: 
    https://www.mercatus.org/publications/regulation/regdata
     
    *The triumph of the Trump tax cuts* by Joshua McCabe
    https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/522813-the-triumph-of-the-trump-tax-cuts
     
    David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth
    David’s blog: http://macromarketmusings.blogspot.com/

    • 38 min

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220 Ratings

220 Ratings

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Macro Musings - Not For the Generalist

You probably need some basic background in economics to get the most out of these podcasts. A Money, Credit and Banking course would be ideal. A lot of the podcasts revolve around Fed monetary policy. But with a little reading and background prep, you can really get a lot out of David Beckworth’s discussions with leading economists in academia, government and the private sector.
Well worth your time to listen to these podcasts — at least if you care about the economics issues of the day — and historically.

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