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Emily Oster

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Latest 9 Dec 2022 | Updated Daily

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Race to 35: Day 3 + Emily Oster + January Jones

Armchair Expert Umbrella with Dax Shepard

Monica and Liz are owning their dumbness in episode 3 (of 10) of Race to 35. They discuss last night's shots which were an utter disaster involving Monica giving Liz a proper stabbing. They talk to Emily Oster, American author and professor of economics at Brown, who talks about how to apply the principles of economics to fertility and pregnancy. She applies cost/benefit, optimizing the margin and opportunity cost to their egg freezing journey. They also speak to a friend of the pod, actress January Jones, who discusses her personal experience with egg freezing and solo parenting.

1hr 33mins

26 Oct 2022

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Emily Oster on the Real Data Parents Need

Good Inside with Dr. Becky

You’re a good parent if you drink coffee while pregnant. You’re a good parent if you don’t breastfeed. You’re a good parent if you drag your kid to soccer practice… and then let them quit the team mid-season. This week’s podcast guest, award-winning economist Emily Oster, isn’t saying these things to make you feel better. She’s got the data to back it up. Frustrated by all of the “rules” she encountered as a mom-to-be, she researched popular parenting advice and discovered just how much of it is misguided or flat-out wrong. As Dr. Becky and Emily discuss her most surprising discoveries over the years, they demonstrate the power of data to deshame our parenting choices. You’ll leave the episode with your own version of, “I’m a good parent who _.” For more information, subscribe to Emily’s newsletter ParentData on https://www.parentdata.org/ and check out her three books: “Expecting Better,” “Cribsheet,” and “The Family Firm.” Join Good Inside Membership: https://bit.ly/3cqgG2A Follow Dr. Becky on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drbeckyatgoodinside Sign up for our weekly email, Good Insider: https://www.goodinside.com/newsletter Pre-order Dr. Becky's upcoming book, Good Inside: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be, at goodinside.com/book or wherever you order your books.


23 Aug 2022

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Emily Oster: The Problems with Food Studies

Pressure Cooker

Brown University economist Emily Oster has emerged as one of today’s hottest parenting gurus, thanks to her ability to cut through the noise and offer sensible ways to interpret conflicting advice on raising small humans. Oster joins Jane and Liz for a deep dive into the flaws and limitations of the research out there on feeding kids, with the goal of helping parents avoid the whiplash of conflicting trends and headlines. This episode of Pressure Cooker is brought to you by Haven's Kitchen and its ready-to-use sauces that make dinner fast, easy and delicious. Learn more at havenskitchen.com


13 Jul 2022

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Emily Oster

Beyond the Prescription

Is it safe for pregnant women to drink a glass of wine? Should your child get a booster shot if they’ve already had COVID? What is the cost-benefit ratio of visiting grandparents during a pandemic?On this episode of Beyond the Prescription, Dr. McBride talks with renowned economist, Brown University professor, and bestselling author, Dr. Emily Oster, to not only answer these questions (spoiler alert: it depends), but also to explore the framing around these often complex questions.As one of the leading voices in health economics—and recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022—Emily takes a data-driven approach to answer the difficult questions on everyone’s mind—especially for parents—in her wildly popular newsletter called ParentData. Her nuanced approach to data-driven decision making has provided a lifeline for the worried and uncertain, especially during the COVID pandemic.No stranger to uncertainty herself, Emily was forced to overhaul her life plan after unexpectedly being denied tenure. She unpacks this challenging moment with Dr. McBride, and together they explore the ways that data can help anchor our emotions, more appropriately manage risk, and face the unknown with more confidence. A new episode launches every Tuesday. Beyond the Prescription is hosted by Dr. Lucy McBride (https://lucymcbride.com/podcast).


11 Jul 2022

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131. Emily Oster on Making Confident Decisions in the School Age Years


Today we’re excited to be welcoming Emily Oster back on the podcast! The last time Emily joined us to debunk many of the myths we hear as parents, and today she’s specifically sharing her expertise on how we can be more confident in the decisions we’re making as moms with school-aged children. Emily Oster is a Professor of Economics at Brown University and the author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet and The Family Firm. We were so glad that Emily came back to talk about this topic, because the decisions we must make do get trickier as our kids get older. This is the stage that we are entering right now with our little ones, and we know that many of you are in the same season or getting close to it, so we hope you find the information that Emily shares valuable to you. To hear more great advice from her, we encourage you to check Episode 98, the last time she was here to chat with us!We’d love it if you shared the episode to your Instagram Stories and tag us, @herselfpodcast and @profemilyoster. If you could do us a favor and write a review wherever you listen to the podcast, we read every single one of them and are so grateful for your support in helping us grow the podcast. MEET Emily: https://www.instagram.com/profemilyoster/ 10% off at BETTERHELP: http://betterhelp.com/herself $20 off first purchase at ROTHY’S: http://rothys.com/herselfLinks & Resources:Emily’s Website, Instagram and Facebook All of Her Books Get Emily’s ParentData Newsletter 98. Emily Oster on Debunking the Myths We Hear as Parents106. HERself Expert: Author Eve Rodsky on Sharing the Load at HomeOutliers by Malcolm Gladwell Let’s connect!HERSELF SHOP: https://herself-podcast-favorites.myshopify.com HERSELF PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/herselfpodcast HERSELF INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/herselfpodcast MEET AMY: http://instagram.com/ameskiefer MEET ABBY: http://instagram.com/abbyrosegreen


6 Jun 2022

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“Covid, two years later: Looking back and looking forward” – with Emily Oster

Healthful Woman Podcast

Dr. Emily Oster and Dr. Fox review their predictions about Covid-19 from the pilot episode of Healthful Woman. They review how things have changed, the unknowns that remain, and the mistakes and successes we’ve seen in the past two years.


11 Apr 2022

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245. Family Firm with Emily Oster

Psychologists Off the Clock

Dr. Emily Oster, author of The Family Firm, Expecting Better and Cribsheet, has dedicated her career to discovering the hard, data-backed truths about parenting strategies. In this episode of POTC, she delivers some of those parenting truths to you. Emily then delights Yael by going beyond the world of data-driven parenting to discuss how to ask good questions in complicated parts of life (and how to answer them!). Emily also shares tools for gathering good information from the media—even if you aren't someone with a science background. Join the conversation as Yael and Emily discuss The Family Firm and making wise choices within very complicated life roles.Listen and Learn:Yael and Jill discuss strategies to approaching thorny parenting decisionsDifferences between parenting in early versus middle years of childhoodThe benefits to thinking about family, co-parenting, and marriage as a firmHow Emily’s family has applied this data to their personal lives (and her family’s mission statement!)Practical advice for staying engaged as a parent while maintaining a demanding careerThe importance of framing good questions and evidence-based strategies for doing soThe Family Firm approach to making decisions: The Four F’sWhat the data says about social pressure and extracurricularsConsideration of how scientists should be interacting with systems outside of science Emily’s personal experience with being outspoken about data with people who have strong feelings otherwiseHow those interested in evidence can interact with media in ways that are less biasedThe inside scoop on Emily’s data-driven newsletterResources:Pick up your copy of Emily’s book, The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years!Sign up for Emily’s newsletter, Parent Data.Check out this article on AlloparentingLearn about the Sunk Cost Fallacy. Read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua Check out Debbie, Yael, and Jill’s websites to access their offerings, sign up for their newsletters, buy their books, and more! About Emily Oster:Emily Oster, PhD, is a Professor of Economics at Brown University and the author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm. She holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard. Prior to being at Brown she was on the faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Oster’s academic work focuses on health economics and statistical methods. She is interested in understanding why consumers do not always make “rational” health choices — why do people not eat a fully healthy diet, or pursue all recommended preventative health behaviors? Her work also concerns methods for learning causal effects from observational data. Sign up for her newsletter and check out her website for all the most recent updates on data related to pregnancy and parenting!Related Episodes: Episode 33. Couples with Young Children: Relationship Challenges and Strategies with Yael SchonbrunEpisode 86. Mom Brain with Ilyse Dobrow DiMarcoEpisode 87. Cribsheet with Emily OsterEpisode 143. Happier Parenting KJ Dell’AntoniaEpisode 149. How Not Lose It with Your Kids with Carla NaumburgEpisode 200. Growing Grit with Angela DuckworthEpisode 214. How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Jerks with Melinda Wenner MoyerEpisode 223. Mom Brain Returns with Ilyse Dobrow DiMarcoEpisode 235. The Urge: The Shaping of Addiction & Mental Health with Carl Erik FisherLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 3mins

6 Apr 2022

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"Redrop: Pregnancy in the Land of Corona!" -with Emily Oster

Healthful Woman Podcast

Dr. Emily Oster, an economist and expert in pregnancy who has authored data-driven parenting books including Expecting Better and Cribsheet, meets virtually with Dr. Fox to discuss what parents can expect in regards to the COVID-19 virus. How are the virus and social distancing impacting pregnancy, delivery, and young children? Learn more about the rapidly developing situation.


4 Apr 2022

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473. Emily Oster, Economist, Author, Professor, Runner

Ali on the Run Show

"Running has served many purposes over my whole life. But in this particular set of moments now — where so much of what I’m doing is not exactly about metrics, but about data and trying to achieve or accomplish something — I realized that trying to meet some particular bar or some standard with running was not the relationship I wanted to have with that activity. I want running to be something I do for me... It’s supposed to be fun." If you're a parent, you're probably familiar with Emily Oster. She's an economist and professor of economics at Brown University, but among the child-rearing set, she's best known as the author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm. And while the media loves to call Emily a "parenting expert," Emily's actual goal is to use a data-driven approach to help parents feel more relaxed about their decisions. And while Emily swears by research and numbers in most aspects of her life, there's one area where she opts to ditch the data: on the run. Emily is a lifelong runner, and on this episode she talks about how she got into running, how she finds time to run as a busy mom of two, and how her relationship with running has evolved over the past few years. SPONSOR: Shokz — Visit shokz.com/ontherun for 15% off wireless headphones. What you’ll get on this episode: How was Emily’s run today? (5:30) How Emily became an author who tackles hot parenting topics from a data-driven perspective (9:15) Why Emily wants to create a world with more relaxed pregnant women and parents (14:00) Why Emily started diving into pandemic-related data in March 2020 (20:00) On tackling tough topics, and having thick skin (23:30) What are Emily’s work-life boundaries like these days? (28:00) Emily’s approach to running (34:00) How Emily got into running, and what her family and childhood were like (36:45) Emily’s advice for aspiring early morning runners (49:00) Emily’s advice for parents who are having a tough time right now, and advice for device-addicted runners (57:30) Check out: "Emily Oster: Through the Looking Glass," via Tracksmith Shake-N-Wake Vibrating Alarm "Anxious? You are not alone." Follow Emily: Instagram @ProfEmilyOster Twitter @ProfEmilyOster Subscribe to her newsletter Follow Ali: Instagram @aliontherun1 Join the Facebook group Twitter @aliontherun1 Support on Patreon Blog Strava Listen & Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Spotify SoundCloud Overcast Stitcher Google Play SUPPORT the Ali on the Run Show! If you’re enjoying the show, please subscribe and leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Spread the run love. And if you liked this episode, share it with your friends!

1hr 6mins

3 Feb 2022

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Data-Driven Parenting with Emily Oster

The Sonya Looney Show

Emily Oster tells it like it is. The Professor of Economics at Brown University is known for her books that take a data-driven approach to pregnancy and parenting. Wondering what’s behind the sushi rule during pregnancy or how much coffee you’re allowed to drink? Curious about co-sleeping? Potty Training? Emily provides the data and analysis that drive these well-known rules.  Emily’s first book, Expecting Better, provides information to help women make their own well-informed decisions throughout pregnancy. She then wrote Cribsheet, a similarly data-driven book to help new parents navigate all of the conflicting information about how to breastfeed, sleep-train, and potty training.  Her most recent book, The Family Firm, provides a framework for data-driven parents to think about the key issues of the elementary years: school, health, extracurricular activities, and more.  In this week’s episode, Sonya and Emily talked about many topics of interest in early childhood development. Key Takeaways Hierarchy of types of research studies Confusion around data reporting Do childhood vaccines cause Autism Does sleep training work and is it beneficial How having children impacts marital satisfaction What's best: nanny vs. daycare vs. stay at home parent Data around TV watching and learning for kids under 5 Potty training Alcohol and breastfeeding and pregnancy


28 Jan 2022