Discover the economics of everyday life through topics like prostitution, Harry Potter, parking, and locavorism. Hosted by Will Compernolle at Radio Free Jerome Studios in New York, New York.
Trade Wars Are Class Wars
Antagonism towards global trade imbalances has become a big political issue, from US-China relations to the Euro Zone. Are trade imbalances appearing because some countries are just more responsible with their money than others? Do they have such productive industry that they just keep selling more to foreigners? Matt Klein, co-author with Michael Pettis of the recent book "Trade Wars Are Class Wars," discusses how distributional imbalances within countries manifest themselves to appear as trade wars between countries.
Golden Gates: Housing Affordability in California
Conor Dougherty of the New York Times discusses his recent book "Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America."
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Democracy From Above
At their best, democracies hold public officials accountable and reflect the will of the people. For countries with less mature democracies, national governments will sometimes mandate that local and state governments provide institutions that allow for citizen participation. Can this top-down approach to democracy improve civic engagement, or will it just provide a smoke screen for corrupt officials? What circumstances would lead a country to enact such reforms? In this episode, Stephanie McNulty of Franklin and Marshall College discusses the background behind mandatory participatory reforms featured in her upcoming book "Democracy From Above? The Unfulfilled Promise of Nationally Mandated Particpatory Reforms."
Gender Differences in Work-Home Spillover
Work life and home life have a synergistic relationship. A good day at work can lead to better relationships at home and vice versa. Because the demands of parenthood change throughout the stages of a child's life, it only makes sense that this synergy changes as well. Katherine Lin of Dartmouth College joins us to talk about her recent paper "Working, Parenting, and Work-Home Spillover: Gender Differences in the work-home interface across the life course."
Read Katherine's paper here
An article discussing the evidence from Denmark mentioned in the episode
The Free Market Welfare State
We often see economic policies being bundled together: one political party likes more regulation, high social spending, and overall government intervention in the economy; the other party favors less regulation and less government presence in the economy. But these different choices don't need to be packaged together. In fact, it's possible that high social spending can even reinforce and create more popular support for market-friendly policies. In this episode, Sam Hammond of the Niskanen Center talks about his recent paper "The Free Market Welfare State."
Read Sam's paper here: "The Free Market Welfare State"
Music provided by The Benevolent Dictators via their recent album "Silent Revolution" all about Adam Smith.
The Empiricists Strike Back
There's a perception that economics has shifted away from theoretical work and more towards empirical research. New volumes of available data and increased computational power seem to have ushered in a new era of empiricism. But evidence shows that this is a false dichotomy and there is much more to the story. In this episode, Beatrice Cherrier of the University of Caen in France talks about how the relationship between theory and empirics has changed, how to better understand recent changes in economics academia, and the effect on policy.
Podcasting with Style
Very informative podcasts on a range of economic topics. Well-hosted with knowledgeable guests. Nice musical selections and sometimes a decent joke thrown in there!