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EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, parenting, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty ( and the Hoover Institution, draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Look for related readings and the complete archive of previous shows at, where you can also comment on the podcasts and ask questions.

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Best in its Class

If you want to know what economics is really about but can't afford Grad School, EconTalk is the answer. Your host is Prof. Russ Roberts of the Economics Department of George Mason University, one of the leading economics departments in the US. The format is a weekly in-depth interview of about an hour or more on a particular subject, book or issue. The guests are a wide variety of very interesting people: they range from Nobel Laureates in Economics to journalists and authors. The interview style resembles an intelligent and witty dinner party conservation; you do not have to have studied economics to enjoy and learn from it, as it is conducted at the level of the intelligent layperson. The EconTalk website includes links to journal articles, books, etc, which were referred to during the podcast. this is very useful, if you want to follow-up on a particular theme or point. All in all, the weekly EconTalk podcast is an absolute joy and is easily the highlight of my listening week.

Great podcast

Great podcast: love the critical thinking; broad range of topics and speakers; the humour. I eagerly await each episode.

Kind regards Adrian

Highly stimulating interview show.

Interviewer Russ Roberts is an economist with a Hayekian/libertarian perspective. Guests are usually experts and authors from different fields. Only about half the shows are primarily focused on economics or finance. The level of discussion is very high with guest and interviewer often disagreeing on fundamental. Rather than degrading the conversation this usually results in the strongest possible case being presented for both positions.

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  • Category: Higher Education
  • Language: English

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