EconTalk Archives, 2006
By EconTalk: Russ Roberts, Library of Economics and Liberty
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||CleanBoettke on Katrina and the Economics of Disaster||Pete Boettke talks about the role of government and voluntary efforts in relieving suffering during and after a crisis such as Katrina. Drawing on field research he is directing into the aftermath of Katrina, Boettke highlights the informal, voluntary a||12/18/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBoudreaux on Law and Legislation||Don Boudreaux talks about economics, civilization, spontaneous order, and law. Drawing on Hayek's classic, Law, Legislation and Liberty, he discusses law vs. legislation, the role of judges, and how fulfilling our expectations allows us to pursue our go||12/11/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaplan on Discrimination and Labor Markets||Bryan Caplan and Russ Roberts discuss the economics of discrimination and government's regulation of labor markets in this wide-ranging conversation. When does government regulation reduce or enforce discrimination? What's happened in European labor ma||12/4/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPostrel on Style||Virginia Postrel talks about how business competes for customers using style and beauty, going beyond price and the standard measures of quality. She looks at the role of appearance in our daily lives and the change from earlier times. She also talks ab||11/27/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEngerman on Slavery||Stanley Engerman talks about slavery throughout world history, its role in the Civil War and the incentives facing slaves and slave owners. This is a wide-ranging conversation with the co-author of the classic Time on the Cross (co-authored with Robert||11/21/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeltzman on Regulation||Sam Peltzman of the University of Chicago talks about his pioneering studies of automobile safety, FDA pharmaceutical regulation, and the unintended consequences that safety regulation can produce.||11/13/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRichard Thaler on Libertarian Paternalism||Richard Thaler defends the idea of libertarian paternalism--how government might use the insights of behavioral economics to help citizens make better choices.||11/6/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClint Bolick Defends Judicial Activism||Clint Bolick makes the case for judicial activism. He and Russ Roberts discuss school choice, interstate wine sales, the Kelo case and more.||10/31/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Moneyball||Skip Sauer talks about Michael Lewis's Moneyball, the undervaluing of walks in baseball, the Oakland As, and more. New feature: Mailbag!||10/23/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWalter Williams on Life, Liberty and Economics||Radio Host, Columnist, and Professor Walter Williams talks about his early days as an economist, the Civil War, markets, and some deep but simple economic principles.||10/16/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Religion||Larry Iannaccone and Russ Roberts discuss why Americans are more religious than Europeans, why Americans became more religious after the colonies became the United States and why it can be rational and rewarding to make religious sacrifices.||10/9/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrivate vs. Public Risk-Taking||Mike Munger and Russ Roberts discuss public and private risk-taking, including the history of Honda, Apple computers and the use of turkey carcasses as an energy source.||10/3/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Obesity||Russ Roberts talks with Darius Lakdawalla on the economics of obesity, how much fatter are Americans and why.||9/25/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Paternalism||Ed Glaeser and Russ Roberts talk about the dangers of soft paternalism--government regulation that falls short of bans or taxes but is meant to correct alleged flaws in our daily choices.||9/18/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLegislators vs. Wal-Mart||Russ Roberts and Richard Epstein discuss the attempts to use legislation to handicap Wal-Mart. They also discuss the evolution of the union movement and the constitutionality of various legislative attacks on Wal-Mart.||9/11/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFriedman on Capitalism and Freedom||Russ Roberts talks to Milton Friedman about the radical ideas he put forward almost 50 years ago in Capitalism and Freedom. Listen to the most influential economist of the past 50 years discuss the principles of liberty, social responsibility of busines||9/4/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMilton Friedman on Money||Russ Roberts talks with Milton Friedman about his research and views on inflation, the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke, and what the future holds.||8/28/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Political Economy of Power||Russ Roberts talks with political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita about his theory of political power--how dictators and democratically elected leaders respond to the political forces that keep them in office.||8/14/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Anderson and the Long Tail||Russ Roberts talks with Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine about the ideas in his new book, The Long Tail. Topics include the weird world of internet distribution and production, the wonders of the Sears catalog of the 1890s, and the economics of choice.||8/7/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCogan on Improving the Health Care System||Russ Roberts talks with Stanford University's John Cogan about what's wrong with America's health care system and how to make it right.||7/31/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Schools Better: A Conversation with Rick Hanushek||Russ Roberts and Rick Hanushek, of Stanford University, talk about why the standard reforms such as more spending or better educated teachers have failed and what needs to be done in the future.||7/24/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarro on Growth||Russ Roberts interviews Robert Barro on the economics of growth, what the developed world can do to help poor people around the world, and the role of US assets and the dollar in world finance.||7/17/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Interview with Gary Becker||Russ Roberts interviews Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker, of the University of Chicago.||7/10/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGiving Away Money: An Economist's Guide to Political Life||The economics of politics, rent-seeking, and lobbying, by Russ Roberts and Mike Munger.||6/23/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntermittent Explosive Disorder: Mental Illness or Made-Up Malady?||The economics and science of intermittent explosive disorder.||6/16/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Organ Donation||Organ donations and the market for kidneys, by Russ Roberts and Richard Epstein.||6/5/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Medical Malpractice||Medical malpractice, insurance premiums, and the politics of being a judge, by Russ Roberts and Alex Tabarrok.||5/30/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Inheritance||How parents divide their time and money between their children and our concerns for what people think of us after we are gone, by Russ Roberts and Don Cox||5/4/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Sports||The economic impact of sports stadiums and socialism in sports, by Russ Roberts and Skip Sauer||4/18/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTicket Scalping and Opportunity Cost||Ticket Scalping, gifts, and opportunity costs, by Russ Roberts and Michael Munger||4/10/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Economics of Parenting||Parenting and incentive compatibility, by Russ Roberts and Don Cox||3/15/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
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Russ Roberts hosts the best economics podcast I know of. He's always thoughtful and fair-minded. He has a great ability to follow up on guests' repossess and let the conversation flow where it will. I learn something from every podcast.
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How can one describe the EconTalk podcast? EconTalk 2006 is like a good nut.
Roberts was so rude and disrespectful to a brilliant professor and economist.