36 episodes

The Economic History podcast is a platform for sharing knowledge, ideas and new research with a general interest audience. Each fortnight, we meet leading academics in the field and discuss a range of topics, including pandemics, long run economic growth, gender issues, financial crises, inequality, sustainable development and a number of weird and fun economic experiments in history. There is no time like the past to help us understand the present.

The Economic History Podcast Seán Kenny

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    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

The Economic History podcast is a platform for sharing knowledge, ideas and new research with a general interest audience. Each fortnight, we meet leading academics in the field and discuss a range of topics, including pandemics, long run economic growth, gender issues, financial crises, inequality, sustainable development and a number of weird and fun economic experiments in history. There is no time like the past to help us understand the present.

    Slouching Towards Utopia

    Slouching Towards Utopia

    In this episode, we meet Prof. Bradford DeLong to discuss his recent book 'Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century.' We cover the rate of technological change prior to the industrial revolution. Before 1500, "the amount of technological change they got in a century, we get in two and a half years"! We also look at some prerequisites for industrialisation and discuss how the second industrial revolution was the game-changer in terms of long run living stand...

    • 50 min
    Macroeconomic (In)stability in UK Economic History, 1700-2010

    Macroeconomic (In)stability in UK Economic History, 1700-2010

    In this episode, we meet Assist. Prof. Jason Lennard to discuss his work on measuring fluctuations in the UK economy. We cover the nature of the business cycle, how it is measured and how it has changed through time. We also consider the implications of rigid wages during economic downturns. We look at new evidence on the existence of "sticky wages" during the Great Depression in the UK, using disaggregated (instead of average) wage data. Finally, we chat about the effects of poli...

    • 53 min
    Heights in (Economic) History

    Heights in (Economic) History

    In this episode, we meet Prof. Eric Schneider to discuss the use of data on heights in economic history as a measure of well-being. Eric discusses his use of the crew records on a British ship (in operation for over a century) and what such sources can reveal about human growth patterns over longer time horizons- are they simply a function of income or is there more to the picture? We also hear about variation across countries and note some dramatic changes in human growth patterns over the l...

    • 46 min
    Complements to GDP: Measuring Freedom, Health and Education through time

    Complements to GDP: Measuring Freedom, Health and Education through time

    Today we meet with and discuss the recent work of Prof. Leandro Prados de la Escosura. We speak about the concept of economic liberty and discuss whether improvements in measures of health and education map on to GDP per capita over time.....it's not that simple. With new metrics developed by Leandro, we reconsider the standard narratives with examples from different periods where well-being and GDP per capita appear to diverge. Using his newly developed data, Leandro joins the economic inequ...

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Rise and Fall of American Growth, 1870-2010

    The Rise and Fall of American Growth, 1870-2010

    In this episode, Prof. Robert Gordon walks us through the U.S. growth record since the Civil War. We discuss some key takeaways from his monumental 2016 book (which lends its name to this episode). We cover some key drivers of changes in standard of living, not all of which are captured in economic statistics. We contrast the technological breakthroughs in the period 1870-1940 with 1940-2010 and consider the varying productivity impacts of each. Finally, we review the major headwinds facing t...

    • 46 min
    Interwar (Monetary) Instability

    Interwar (Monetary) Instability

    In this episode, we sit down with Assoc. Prof. Kirsten Wandschneider to talk about the monetary disintegration that plagued the interwar period. How did countries choose to go back on the Interwar Gold Standard? How did this constrain policy choices? Why did countries eventually leave and why was the interwar standard so shortlived? We also review the performance of countries who remained on gold compared with those who imposed various types of capital controls based on Kirsten's work. We fin...

    • 50 min

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Super

I love the guests and host. But am I crazy or is the audio so that there are no breaths by the guest and the audio is sped up? Please, a regular pace and breathing helps me keep up otherwise it’s a machine gun.

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Interesting, engaging, and easy to follow

The content of the podcast is great: but informative interviews with knowledgeable guests on complex and interesting topics. The format is simple, just a one-on-one interview without breaks or sound effects. Yet somehow it is easy to stay engaged throughout, even if you are performing another task like driving, cooking, or cleaning.

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