Russ Roberts

January 2018

A Monthly Archive (8 entries)
 

Podcast episode Marian Goodell on Burning Man

EconTalk Episode with Marian Goodell
Hosted by Russ Roberts

10principles-banner-credit-300x203.jpg Marian Goodell, CEO of the Burning Man Project, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Burning Man, the 8-day art and music festival in the Nevada Desert. Goodell explains how Burning Man has evolved over the years, the principles and rules that govern the experience today, and plans for expanding the Burning Man experience around the world.

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Lies, Lies, and Statistical Significance

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

by Alice Temnick

How do p-hacking, type M errors, and the "winners curse" affect the research findings that make weekly news? Or the research findings published in academic journals? In this week's episode, Stanford University's John Ioannidis and host Russ Roberts discuss the surprising frequency and enormity of the problem as well as some causes of false research findings.

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1. What concerns you most about the extent of the false research findings surrounding us, and why?

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Podcast episode John Ioannidis on Statistical Significance, Economics, and Replication

EconTalk Episode with John Ioannidis
Hosted by Russ Roberts

stat%20hacking.jpg John Ioannidis of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his research on the reliability of published research findings. They discuss Ioannidis's recent study on bias in economics research, meta-analysis, the challenge of small sample analysis, and the reliability of statistical significance as a measure of success in empirical research.

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Podcast episode Bill James on Baseball, Facts, and the Rules of the Game

EconTalk Episode with Bill James
Hosted by Russ Roberts

baseball%20numbers.jpg Baseball stats guru and author Bill James talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of understanding complexity in baseball and elsewhere. James reflects on the lessons he has learned as a long-time student of data and the role it plays in understanding the underlying reality that exists between different variables in sports and outside of sports. The conversation closes with a discussion of our understanding of social processes and the connection to public policy and the ideologies we hold.

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A License to Operate?

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

by Alice Temnick

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What licensed professionals do you interact with regularly? Your physician? Accountant? Lawyer? Manicurist? Interior decorator? Occupational licensing, as described in the "Bootleggers and Baptists" model, is blamed for the loss of two million jobs and reduced mobility of migration.

In this week's episode, Dick Carpenter and host Russ Roberts discuss the complicated federal, state, and city government legislation that intentionally, and successfully, keeps workers out of certain occupations. Now we want to hear your reaction. Please share your thoughts with us today.

1. The rationale for occupational licensing is to protect public health and safety. How might a similar "watchdog" function arise from free market competition, and to what extent would it look different from today's licensure regime? What industry examples come to mind?

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CATEGORIES: Books , Extras



Podcast episode Dick Carpenter on Bottleneckers

EconTalk Episode with Dick Carpenter
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Bottleneckers.jpg Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice and author of Bottleneckers talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book--a look at how occupational licensing and other regulations protect existing job holders from competition.

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One of these Days, Alice...

EconTalk Extra
by Amy Willis

space elevator.jpg Asteroid mining, space elevators, and augmented reality. These are just a few of the "Soonish" technologies that are discussed in this week's episode, in which host Russ Roberts welcomes Kelly and Zach Weinersmith.

1. What did you find to be the most salient economic concept throughout this week's conversation? How did it manifest itself, and how was it significant to the conversation?

2. Which of the technologies discussed did you find to be the most far-fetched, and why? How about the least? Which one (or ones) would you be most concerned about, and why?

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CATEGORIES: Books , Extras



Podcast episode Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith on Soonish

EconTalk Episode with Kelly Weinersmith and Zach Weinersmith
Hosted by Russ Roberts

Soonish.jpg Ecologist Kelly Weinersmith and cartoonist Zach Weinersmith--creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal--talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about their new book, Soonish--a look at cutting-edge and not-quite cutting edge technologies. The Weinersmiths speculate about everything from asteroid mining to robotic house construction to the nasal cycle and how the human body and medicine might be transformed in the future. They discuss the likelihood of some really crazy stuff coming along and changing our lives as well as the possible downsides of innovation.

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