Tagged: audio/video

Econtalk last week - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Sep 10, 2014

Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and chief technology officer of Airbnb, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Airbnb, one of the earliest companies to use technology to allow individuals to share underused resources, and in the case of Airbnb, hou... Read More

Complexity and the art of public policy - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jul 29, 2014

Complexity science is changing the way we think about social systems and social theory. Unfortunately, economists’ policy models have not kept up and are stuck in either a market fundamentalist or government control narrative. In this audio from VoxEU.org Roland Kupers argues for a new, more flexible policy narrative, which envisions society as a complex evolving … Read More

Why not capitalism? - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jul 19, 2014

In this 2014 video from Bloggingheads.tv Will Wilkinson and Jason Brennan discuss Brennan's new book "Why Not Capitalism?"Most economists believe capitalism is a compromise with selfish human nature. As Adam Smith put it, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard … Read More

Paul Zak on Trust, morality — and oxytocin? - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jul 15, 2014

From TED talks comes this video (recorded at TED Global, July 2011, in Edinburg, Scotland. Duration: 16:35) which asks the question, What drives our desire to behave morally? Neuroeconomist Paul Zak shows why he believes oxytocin (he calls it "the moral molecule") is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that help build a stable society.What’s behind the … Read More

Has the Great Recession harmed the long-term growth prospects of the Eurozone economy? - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jul 07, 2014

In this audio from VoxEU.org Philippe Weil is interviewed by Viv Davies and they discuss the above question. The CEPR Business Cycle Dating Committee recently concluded that there is not yet enough evidence to call a business cycle trough in the Eurozone. Instead, the committee has announced a 'prolonged pause' in the recession. This Vox Talk … Read More