Russ Roberts

February 2016

A Monthly Archive (9 entries)
 

Podcast episode Alison Wolf on Women, Inequality and the XX Factor

EconTalk Episode with Alison Wolf
Hosted by Russ Roberts

XX%20Factor.jpg Alison Wolf author of The XX Factor, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the changing roles of women in the family and the workplace. Wolf argues that highly educated women are increasingly similar to highly educated men in their lifestyles and choices while becoming very different from less educated women. Wolf traces the origins of these changes and the interaction between economic and cultural factors affecting men, women, the family, and the workplace.

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Ordinary People

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

In this week's episode, EconTalk host Russ Roberts welcomed back 2015's most popular guest, Matt Ridley, to talk about his new book, The Evolution of Everything. Their wide-ranging conversation left me with a lot more questions than answers, which I think is a hallmark of a great conversation. Still, I'm now passing along some of things I've continued to wonder about to you.

Give some thought to the prompts below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. You keep us learning and inspired. As always, we love to hear from you.

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1. The idea of evolution is often associated with progress...But should it be? And more particularly, does morality actually make progress, or does it instead simply adapt itself to people's current attitudes? If the latter, where do those attitudes come from?

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CATEGORIES: Extras



Podcast episode Matt Ridley on the Evolution of Everything

EconTalk Episode with Matt Ridley
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Ev%20of%20Ev.jpg Matt Ridley talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, The Evolution of Everything. Ridley applies the lens of emergent order to a wide variety of phenomena including culture, morality, religion, commerce, innovation, and consciousness.

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Your Favorite Episodes of 2015

EconTalk Extra
by Russ Roberts

I want to share with you the results of the survey of your favorite episodes of 2015. I want to thank all of you around the world (and you live in 65 different countries) who responded, particularly your general comments and feedback. Those comments were very helpful in thinking about ways to make EconTalk better. And I very much enjoyed hearing how EconTalk has been useful or educational for you. It's very gratifying and I thank you for listening and for sharing.

Here are your favorites episodes from 2015:


CATEGORIES: Extras , Favorites



Podcast episode Adam Cifu on Ending Medical Reversal

EconTalk Episode with Adam Cifu
Hosted by Russ Roberts

bad%20news.jpg Why do so many medical practices that begin with such promise and confidence turn out to be either ineffective at best or harmful at worst? Adam Cifu of the University of Chicago's School of Medicine and co-author (Vinayak Prasad) of Ending Medical Reversal explores this question with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Cifu shows that medical reversal--the discovery that prescribed medical practices are ineffective or harmful--is distressingly common. He contrasts the different types of evidence that support or discourage various medical practices and discusses the cultural challenges doctors face in turning away from techniques they have used for many years.

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The World's a Little More Complicated...

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

In a follow-up to this recent episode with Noah Smith, EconTalk host Russ Roberts sat down with Adam Ozimek of Forbe's and Moody's to explore how new data influences people's world views.

As always, we'd like to continue the conversation and hear what you have to say about this week's episode. Use the prompts below as food for thought...and let us know how it goes!

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1. Ozimek, an empirical optimist, asserts that we are making steady progress in figuring out the empirical effects of various policies such as the minimum wage. Roberts is skeptical. What grounds does he have for his skepticism? Is his skepticism dogmatic in its own way? How might their disagreement be resolved?

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Podcast episode Adam Ozimek on the Power of Econometrics and Data

EconTalk Episode with Adam Ozimek
Hosted by Russ Roberts

turtle%20pace2.jpg Adam Ozimek of Moody's Analytics and blogger at Forbes talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about why economists change their minds or don't. Ozimek argues that economists make erratic but steady progress using econometrics and other forms of evidence to understand the impact of public policies such as the minimum wage or government stimulus. Roberts pushes back and discusses the role of ideology, the complexity of where our views come from and the potential for confirmation bias.

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Talking Topsy Turvy

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts chats with the Conversable Economist, Timothy Taylor. Together they explore the topsy turvy nature of public conversation about the respective roles of business and the government today.

Russ thinks we're living in the "golden age" of economics communication...So let's not let him down! Respond to the prompts below (and pose them to your friends!) in the Comments...Let's be golden!

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1. In discussing why people tend to turn toward the private sector, or capitalism, for fairness and justice,Taylor warns about what happens when you don't pay attention to your golden geese. What does he mean by this, and what lesson(s) does this suggest for private firms? For public policy?

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CATEGORIES: Extras , Growth , Labor



Podcast episode Timothy Taylor on Government vs. Business

EconTalk Episode with Timothy Taylor
Hosted by Russ Roberts

moneytree.jpg Timothy Taylor, blogger at the Conversable Economist and editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the role of government and business in taking care of workers and creating economic growth. Taylor discusses the paradox that the political process seems to expect firms to take care of workers and government to create growth. The conversation then turns to a wide array of related issues including how Wal-Mart treats its workers. The conversation closes with a discussion of Taylor's role as founding editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

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CATEGORIES: Growth , Labor , The Media , Timothy Taylor



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