Russ Roberts

January 2007

A Monthly Archive (4 entries)
 

Michael Lewis on the Hidden Economics of Baseball and Football

EconTalk Episode with Michael Lewis
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Michael Lewis talks about the economics of sports--the financial and decision-making side of baseball and football--using the insights from his bestselling books on baseball and football: Moneyball and The Blind Side. Along the way he discusses the implications of Moneyball for the movie business and other industries, the peculiar ways that Moneyball influenced the strategies of baseball teams, the corruption of college football, and the challenge and tragedy of kids who live on the streets with little education or prospects for success.

Size: 17.4 MB
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CATEGORIES: Books , Favorites , Michael Lewis , Sports

   

Greg Mankiw on Gasoline Taxes, Keynes and Macroeconomics

EconTalk Episode with Greg Mankiw
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Greg Mankiw of Harvard University and Greg Mankiw's Blog talks about the state of modern macroeconomics and Keynes vs. the Chicago School. He defends his proposal to raise gasoline taxes and discusses the politics of tax policy.

Size: 13.9 MB
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Bruce Yandle on Bootleggers and Baptists

EconTalk Episode with Bruce Yandle
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Bruce Yandle of Clemson University explains why politics makes such strange bedfellows and the often peculiar alliance of self-interested special interests with more altruistic motives. He uses his insights to explain some of the seemingly perverse but politically understandable effects of the Clean Air Act, the tobacco settlement and other regulation.

Size: 15.8 MB
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Munger on Price Gouging

EconTalk Episode with Mike Munger
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Michael MungerMike Munger of Duke University recounts the harrowing (and fascinating) experience of being in the path of a hurricane and the economic forces that were set in motion as a result. One of the most important is the import of urgent supplies when thousands of people are without electricity. Should prices be allowed to rise freely or should the government restrict prices? Listen in as Munger and EconTalk host Russ Roberts discuss the human side of economics after a catastrophe.

Size: 13.8 MB
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CATEGORIES: Mike Munger , Regulation

   

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