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All public policies -- indeed, all actions by humans -- have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended, and visible; and unintended consequences, which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions.

Presented by Amit Varma (a journalist for a decade-and-a-half, and winner of the prestigious Bastiat Prize for journalism in 2007 and 2015 -- the only person to win it twice), the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects. For example: the ban on surge pricing by Uber in Delhi. What is seen is that Uber no longer costs so much; what is unseen is that you cannot get an Uber at all, because of the scarcity that is a direct result of the price control. The host explains the economic reasoning at work, and talks to an expert who breaks it down further.

The host will have a panel of experts at his disposal, from a variety of disciplines, and will speak to a relevant expert in every episode. Subjects covered will range from broad ones like the state of education in India, to narrower ones like the banning of 'victimless crimes' like prostitution and gambling.

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    • 4.8, 44 Ratings

All public policies -- indeed, all actions by humans -- have two kinds of effects: the effects that are intended, and visible; and unintended consequences, which are invisible. The Seen and the Unseen is a podcast that aims to examine both the seen and the unseen effects of our actions.

Presented by Amit Varma (a journalist for a decade-and-a-half, and winner of the prestigious Bastiat Prize for journalism in 2007 and 2015 -- the only person to win it twice), the show takes on a specific public policy in every episode, and dissects its seen and unseen effects. For example: the ban on surge pricing by Uber in Delhi. What is seen is that Uber no longer costs so much; what is unseen is that you cannot get an Uber at all, because of the scarcity that is a direct result of the price control. The host explains the economic reasoning at work, and talks to an expert who breaks it down further.

The host will have a panel of experts at his disposal, from a variety of disciplines, and will speak to a relevant expert in every episode. Subjects covered will range from broad ones like the state of education in India, to narrower ones like the banning of 'victimless crimes' like prostitution and gambling.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Wappingerman ,

Great listen

I just finished listening to the interview with Manu Pillai. What a treat! The 2.30 hour interview felt like a great movie. Kudos to both. One of my favorites that I intend listen many times. Hopefully will get a chance to read the book as well. Very interesting history recap and a lesson to those who think past was all greatness galore.

asamuel84 ,

Incentives Matter!

Not that you have asked me this question of what I am most hopeful about and what do I despair most about but I will answer this question. The fact that there is a voice like Amit Verma’s out there and accessible to 1.4 billion people is a reason for hope. The fact that there is only one Amit Verma And potion of millions of other voices is a reason for despair. Great podcast!

Aksceb ,

Intelligent

Well researched and intelligent to tickle your grey cells.

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