Russ Roberts

January 2008

A Monthly Archive (4 entries)
 

Podcast episode Collier on the Bottom Billion

EconTalk Episode with Paul Collier
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Paul Collier of Oxford University talks about the ideas in his recent book, The Bottom Billion, an analysis of why the poorest countries in the world fail to grow. He talks about conflict, natural resources, being landlocked, and bad governance, four factors he identifies as causes of the desperate poverty and stagnation in the countries where 1/6 of the world's poorest peoples live.

Size: 31.5 MB
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Podcast episode Don Boudreaux on Globalization and Trade Deficits

EconTalk Episode with Don Boudreaux
Hosted by Russ Roberts

DonB.jpgDon Boudreaux, of George Mason University, talks about the ideas in his book, Globalization. He discusses comparative advantage, the winners and losers from trade, trade deficits, and inequality with EconTalk host Russ Roberts.

Size: 36.6 MB
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Podcast episode Munger on the Nature of the Firm

EconTalk Episode with Mike Munger
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Munger.jpgMike Munger, of Duke University, talks about why firms exist. If prices and markets work so well (and they do) in steering economic resources, then why does so much economic activity take place within organizations that use command-and-control, top-down, centralized structures called firms? Within a firm, most of the goods and services that the workers use are given away rather than allocated by prices--computer services, legal services and almost everything else is not handed out by competition but by fiat, decided by a boss. A firm, the lynchpin of capitalism, is run like something akin to a centrally planned economy. Munger's answer, drawing on work of Ronald Coase, is a fascinating look at the often unseen costs of making various types of economic decisions. The result is a set of fascinating insights into why firms exist and why they do what they do.

Size: 28.6 MB
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Podcast episode Edward Castronova on the Exodus to the Virtual World

EconTalk Episode with Edward Castronova
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Edward Castronova, of Indiana University and author of Exodus to the Virtual World, talks about his provocative thesis that a growing number of people around the world will be spending more and more time playing multiplayer games in virtual reality both as a form of escape and as a search for meaning. He talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how this trend might affect government, religion, and our happiness.

Size: 32.9 MB
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