Russ Roberts

March 2017

A Monthly Archive (4 entries)

Podcast episode Andrew Gelman on Social Science, Small Samples, and the Garden of the Forking Paths

EconTalk Episode with Andrew Gelman
Hosted by Russ Roberts

forked%20path.jpg Statistician, blogger, and author Andrew Gelman of Columbia University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges facing psychologists and economists when using small samples. On the surface, finding statistically significant results in a small sample would seem to be extremely impressive and would make one even more confident that a larger sample would find even stronger evidence. Yet, larger samples often fail to lead to replication. Gelman discusses how this phenomenon is rooted in the incentives built into human nature and the publication process. The conversation closes with a general discussion of the nature of empirical work in the social sciences.

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Podcast episode Robert Whaples on the Economics of Pope Francis

EconTalk Episode with Robert Whaples
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Vaticanstorm.jpg Is capitalism part of the poverty problem facing the world or part of the solution? Are human beings doing a good job preserving the earth for future generations? To improve the world, should we improve capitalism or ourselves? Robert Whaples of Wake Forest University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about "Laudato Si'," Pope Francis's encyclical on capitalism, poverty, and environmental issues.

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Podcast episode Crafts, Garicano, and Zingales on the Economic Future of Europe

EconTalk Episode with Nicholas Crafts, Luis Garicano, and Luigi Zingales
Hosted by Russ Roberts

europe%20future.jpg What is the future of the European economy? What are the challenges facing Europe? What are the implications of Brexit for the United Kingdom and the rest of the Europe? Nicholas Crafts of the University of Warwick, Luis Garicano of the London School of Economics, and Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about these questions and more in front of a live audience at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

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(Don't) Walk a Mile in their Shoes

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

empathy.jpg Our ability to put ourselves in others' shoes and understand what they're feeling is part of what makes us human. But this same ability may not serve us well, especially when we use it as our guide in making moral and/or political decisions. That's the contention of Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom in his new book, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. Bloom sat down with EconTalk host Russ Roberts this week to chat about how we might inject reason and make the world a better place.

1. What's the difference between empathy and compassion, according to Bloom, and why does he argue that compassion serves us better in our decision-making?


CATEGORIES: Books , Extras , Psychology

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