Russ Roberts

March 2016

A Monthly Archive (10 entries)
 

Should we fear?

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

Should we fear the influence of technology on our food supply? If not, can we still celebrate the role of technology while still eating unpalatable test-tube burgers? In this week's episode, EconTalk host Russ Roberts chats with agricultural economist Jayson Lusk about his newest book, Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Superfoods to Save the World.

We all eat, and we all think about what we eat...So let's hear your thoughts. What drives your decisions about what to eat? What do you worry about when you think about the food you consume? Use the prompts below...or pose your own questions...And let's keep the conversation going!

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1. What foods do you not eat, and why? Are your reasons based on morality? Religion? Concern for the environment? Health and wellness?

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Podcast episode Jayson Lusk on Food, Technology, and Unnaturally Delicious

EconTalk Episode with Jayson Lusk
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Unnaturally%20Delicious.jpg How bad is pink slime? Are free-range chickens happier? Can robots cook? Jayson Lusk of Oklahoma State University and the author of Unnaturally Delicious talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about these questions and more from his new book. Lusk explores the wide-ranging application of technology to farming, cooking, protein production, and more.

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Limiting Leakage and Lemons

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by Amy Willis

How do middlemen emerge, and what value do they create in the economy? Who isn't a middleman, and why do they seem to suffer such disdain? In this week's episode, EconTalk host Russ Roberts chats with Marina Krakovsky about her new book, The Middleman Economy.

Now it's your turn. Use the prompts below to help us keep thinking about the episode and continue the conversation. As always, we love to hear from you.

wedding planner.jpg 1. In the very beginning of the conversation, Krakovsky notes, "No one likes a middleman, but most of us are middlemen." By the end of the conversation, she's identified six roles for middlemen: bridge, certifier, enforcer, risk-bearer, concierge, and insulator. Does your work fit one of these types? Which of these middlemen stand out for their usefulness in your own life?

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Podcast episode Marina Krakovsky on the Middleman Economy

EconTalk Episode with Marina Krakovsky
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Middleman%20Economy.jpg Why would anyone want to hire a middleman, like a wedding planner, especially if you have time to take care of the planning yourself? Marina Krakovsky, author of The Middleman Economy talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about middlemen in the modern economy. Despite predictions that the internet would destroy the need for middlemen, Krakovsky argues they're more valuable than ever though their roles have changed. Krakovsky looks at the different roles middlemen play today and how their value added can justify their existence.

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Symposium: David Autor on Trade

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by Russ Roberts

This week's episode with David Autor did not go as I planned. I thought we would spend most of the time on the empirical estimates he and his co-authors have made of the impact of US trade with China. Eventually, we got to those estimates along with how reliable they are and the possible implications for public policy. But along we way, we had a lengthy discussion of the fundamentals of trade, trade deficits, and the complexity of labor markets. Because this was such a lively conversation and because it is such a timely issue, I invited four blogging economists--Don Boudreaux, Arnold Kling, Adam Ozimek, and Noah Smith to respond to the conversation. You'll find their reactions below the fold. And you have a chance to respond to those reactions in the comment section.

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What do we really know from international trade theory, and how does it compare to what we see on the ground? Are all international trading partners created equal? This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts sat down with MIT's David Autor for a hard-hitting conversation about the impact of trade with China on US labor markets.

We have some "Extra" treats for you later this week, but let's start here with some of the basics of the conversation between Autor and Roberts. Let us know your reactions; we love to hear from you.

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1. What is the "redistributive face of trade"? What has the opening of China taught us about international trade theory, according to Autor?

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Podcast episode David Autor on Trade, China, and U.S. Labor Markets

EconTalk Episode with David Autor
Hosted by Russ Roberts

ChinaMfg.jpg David Autor of MIT talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the fundamentals of trade and his research on the impact on workers and communities from trade with China. Autor's research finds large and persistent effects on manufacturing jobs and communities where those jobs once were. Autor and Roberts discuss whether these results capture the full impact of increased trade with China and what the policy response might be that could help workers hurt by trade.

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Competition as an Elimination Process

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

This week, EconTalk host Russ Roberts takes the role of an animal at the zoo, chatting with sociologist Will Davies about his observations of economists and how they think. Have economists had too much (or not enough) influence on politics and public policy? Share your thoughts with us on this and/or the prompts below. As always, we love to hear from you!

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1. What does Davies mean by the "disenchantment of politics by economics?" While Davies is concerned by this disenchantment, Roberts is worried we haven't been disenchanted enough. With whom do you agree more, and why?

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CATEGORIES: Books , Extras



Podcast episode Will Davies on the Economics, Economists, and the Limits of Neoliberalism

EconTalk Episode with Will Davies
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Limits%20of%20Neoliberalism.jpg Will Davies of Goldsmith's, University of London and author of The Limits of Neoliberalism talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in his book. Davies argues that the free-market vision of economists like Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek has de-romanticized politics and ensconced competition at the heart of our economy and culture. Davies argues for the value of a completely different perspective and pushes for a reduction in the influence and status of economists as policymakers and influencers. Along the way he gives his perspective on the role of economists in the financial crisis and in antitrust policy.

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Viva la Revolution?

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by Amy Willis

Women have made an enormous amount of economic progress over the last half-century but how have the gains been felt by different kinds of women? How have these changes affected women's perspectives on marriage and family? In this week's provocative episode, EconTalk host Russ Roberts sits down with Alison Wolf of King's College to discuss her new book, The XX Factor.

As always, we'd like to hear your reactions to this week's conversation, so let's continue it here. We love to hear from you!

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1. What's the difference between gender gaps and gender segregation, according to Wolf, and why is this significant in her analysis?

2. How different is the situation for women today, really, according to Wolf? Or, how much do women hold in common with Jane Austen character's today? To what extent do you regard these historical changes as a net positive?

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