Russ Roberts

September 2006

A Monthly Archive (4 entries)
 

The Economics of Obesity

EconTalk Episode with Darius Lakdawalla
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Russ Roberts talks with Darius Lakdawalla of Rand and the National Bureau of Economic Research on the economics of obesity, how much fatter are Americans and why. How much is due to the spread of fast food vs. the falling price of food and the change in the U.S. workplace?

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CATEGORIES: Darius Lakdawalla , Health

   

The Economics of Paternalism

EconTalk Episode with Edward Glaeser
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Economist Ed Glaeser of Harvard University talks with host Russ Roberts about the dangers of soft paternalism--various forms of government regulation that fall short of outright bans or taxes but that are meant to correct alleged flaws in the choices we make. Glaeser argues that while individuals do inevitably make mistakes, so do politicians, and the concentration of power in the hands of the few makes government "benevolence" particularly dangerous.

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Legislators vs. Wal-Mart

EconTalk Episode with Richard Epstein
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Russ Roberts and Richard Epstein discuss the attempts to use legislation to handicap Wal-Mart. They also discuss the evolution of the union movement and the constitutionality of various legislative attacks on Wal-Mart.

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CATEGORIES: Regulation , Richard Epstein

   

Friedman on Capitalism and Freedom

EconTalk Episode with Milton Friedman
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Russ Roberts talks to Milton Friedman about the radical ideas he put forward almost 50 years ago in Capitalism and Freedom. Listen to the most influential economist of the past 50 years discuss the principles of liberty, social responsibility of business, the inertia behind bad legislation and his career as economist and public intellectual.

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