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Tune in each week as James Pethokoukis interviews economists, business leaders, academics and others on the most important and interesting issues of the day. You can find all episodes at AEI, Ricochet, and wherever podcasts are downloaded, and look for follow-up transcripts and blog posts at aei.org.

Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis Ricochet.com

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    • 4.6, 83 Ratings

Tune in each week as James Pethokoukis interviews economists, business leaders, academics and others on the most important and interesting issues of the day. You can find all episodes at AEI, Ricochet, and wherever podcasts are downloaded, and look for follow-up transcripts and blog posts at aei.org.

    Ronald Bailey: Global trends every smart person should know

    Ronald Bailey: Global trends every smart person should know

    Global poverty, hunger, and violence are declining. The

    world is becoming a better place, year by year. So why are so many people

    afraid of the future and nostalgic about the past rather than optimistic about

    what’s to come? I’m delighted to discuss that question today with Ronald

    Bailey.







    Ronald is the science correspondent for Reason magazine and Reason.com. He’s the co-author — along with Marian Tupy — of the upcoming book, Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting. He’s also the author of the 2015 book, The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century.

    • 26 min
    Scott Gottlieb, Rick Hess, & Michael Strain: COVID-19 this fall

    Scott Gottlieb, Rick Hess, & Michael Strain: COVID-19 this fall

    COVID-19 cases are surging in the US, even after a costly two-month lockdown. What does this resurgence mean for the economy, which is currently struggling to recover from a deep recession? How will schools operate this fall amid the uncertainty? And how far out are we from discovering, manufacturing, and distributing a vaccine? In this special episode of Political Economy, I explore these questions — and many more — in an online panel discussion conducted last week with Scott Gottlieb, Rick Hess, and Michael Strain.







    Scott Gottlieb is a resident fellow at AEI, and he is also the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Rick Hess is a resident scholar and the director of Education Policy Studies at AEI, and he is the author of several books, including Letters to a Young Education Reformer and Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age: Using Learning Science to Reboot Schooling. And Michael Strain is the John G. Searle Scholar and director of economic policy studies at AEI. He is also the author of The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It).

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ed Finn: Telling stories of a better future

    Ed Finn: Telling stories of a better future

    Many Americans think about the future with trepidation. Broadly speaking, our culture lacks a hopeful view of the future — one in which human ingenuity continues to make our lives better. So today I’m speaking with Ed Finn to discuss his work: pursuing better, more optimistic understandings of the future.







    Ed is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University where he is an associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering. He is the co-editor of many books, including Future Tense Fiction and Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future.

    • 25 min
    Arthur Diamond: Sustaining innovative dynamism

    Arthur Diamond: Sustaining innovative dynamism

    Why are innovation and economic growth so important to well-being? What can policymakers do to maximize the benefits of this innovative dynamism going forward? I discuss these questions and more with today’s guest, Arthur Diamond.







    Arthur is a professor of economics at the University of Nebraska Omaha, and he’s a senior fellow for the American Institute for Economic Research. He is the author of “Openness to Creative Destruction: Sustaining Innovative Dynamism,” released last year.

    • 29 min
    Douglas Irwin: The post-COVID future of international trade

    Douglas Irwin: The post-COVID future of international trade

    Should we reevaluate global supply chains in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic? Does a more hawkish trade policy toward China now make more sense? Today’s guest — Douglas Irwin — explores these questions and many more.







    Douglas is the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is the author of both “Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy” and “Free Trade under Fire” — the fifth edition of which released this past spring.

    • 23 min
    Nicholas Crafts: Is the age of fast economic growth really over?

    Nicholas Crafts: Is the age of fast economic growth really over?

    Are techno-optimists correct that artificial intelligence will bring about a fourth industrial revolution and bring back strong productivity growth in America? My guest today, Nicholas Crafts, examines this question from a historical perspective by looking at the nature of the previous industrial revolutions and evaluating whether artificial intelligence may serve as a new general purpose technology in the same manner as steam and electrification.







    Nicholas is a professor of economics and economic history at the University of Warwick, where he studies economic growth, the Industrial Revolution, and the history of general purpose technologies. He recently gave a fascinating presentation to the Bank of England, titled “AI as a GPT: An Historical Perspective.”

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

JMNC ,

In depth conversations

I enjoy the focus on a topic and interesting interviews. Well done!

SAARKESH ,

Asking all the right questions

Definitely the best set of questions covering broad influential components of modern economy by the host. Where it’s short is reaching any meaningful answers or enlightenment so you are left a bit frustrated feeling incomplete 🤨

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Unfair, biased, and one-sided

They are not real economists and have an agenda.

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