Russ Roberts

April 2015

A Monthly Archive (9 entries)
 

This week EconTalk host Russ Roberts spoke with Leonard Wong, research professor at the U.S. Army War College, about the honesty and ethics among officers complying with various reporting and training requirements.

We want to hear your thoughts on the tension between regulatory requirements and honesty, in the military and elsewhere. Use the prompts below as conversation starters, and please share your thoughts in the Comments. We love to hear from you.

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Podcast episode Leonard Wong on Honesty and Ethics in the Military

EconTalk Episode with Leonard Wong
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Leonard Wong of the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about honesty in the military. Based on a recent co-authored paper, Wong argues that the paperwork and training burden on U.S. military officers requires dishonesty--it is simply impossible to comply with all the requirements. This creates a tension for an institution that prides itself on honesty, trust, and integrity. The conversation closes with suggestions for how the military might reform the compliance and requirement process.

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EconLog's Scott Sumner argues in this week's episode that too many people reason (incorrectly) from a price change, causing confusion about the factors behind today's continuing low interest rates. The conversation also touches on the role of the Federal Reserve and its monetary policy, and the effects of regulation on issues such as inequality.

Now we'd like to hear from you. Use the prompts below to spark conversation in your classroom or at the dinner table. Or simply use them to help further your own understanding. However you use them, we'd love to hear about it in the Comments.

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Podcast episode Scott Sumner on Interest Rates

EconTalk Episode with Scott Sumner
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Scott Sumner, of Bentley University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about interest rates. Sumner suggests that professional economists sometimes confuse cause and effect with respect to prices and quantities. Low interest rates need not encourage investment for example, if interest rates are low because of a decrease in demand. Sumner also talk about possible explanations for the historically low real rates of interest in today's economy along with other aspects of monetary policy, interest rates, and investment.

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This week's guest, Phil Rosenzweig joined EconTalk host Russ Roberts to talk about his new book, Left Brain, Right Stuff.

We'd like to know what you took away from this week's recorded conversation, and hopefully spark some more here online. Use the prompts below, and share your thoughts in the Comments. We love to hear from you.


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Podcast episode Phil Rosenzweig on Leadership, Decisions, and Behavioral Economics

EconTalk Episode with Phil Rosenzweig
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Phil Rosenzweig, professor of strategy and international business at IMD in Switzerland and author of the book Left Brain, Right Stuff: How Leaders Make Winning Decisions talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book. The focus of the conversation is on the lessons from behavioral economics--when do those lessons inform and when do they mislead when applied to real-world business decisions. Topics discussed include overconfidence, transparency, the winner's curse, evaluating leaders, and the role of experimental findings in thinking about decision-making.

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This week's episode was recorded and filmed last month before a large crowd at Ball State University. EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed philosopher James Otteson and Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith to talk about another famous Smith...

For this special episode, we'd like to again give you a chance to see your response on EconTalk. Choose one of the prompts below, and submit your response (500 words or less, please) via email to mail@econtalk.org by midnight EST on Sunday, April 12.

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Podcast episode Vernon Smith and James Otteson on Adam Smith

EconTalk Episode with Vernon Smith and James Otteson
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Vernon Smith and James Otteson talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Adam Smith in front of a live audience at Ball State University. Topics discussed include Smith's view of human nature, the relevance of Smith for philosophy and economics today, and the connection between Smith's two books, The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations.

Video for this special edition of EconTalk, "Will the Real Adam Smith Please Stand Up?" is available below the fold and at Youtube.

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This week's episode, garnering a PG-13 rating from Roberts, was a fascinating look inside the formal and informal governance structures of America's prisons with guest David Skarbek.

As always, we'd like to continue learning from and conversing with one another. Have a look at the prompts below, and share your response in the Comments. Thanks for listening; we love to hear from you.

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