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Jason Furman

19 Podcast Episodes

Latest 9 Oct 2021 | Updated Daily

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228 Systems Failure: Jason Furman on the cost of economic inequality


Jason Furman is the Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy jointly at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Department of Economics at Harvard University. He served for eight years as a top economic adviser to President Obama, including as the 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from August 2013 to January 2017, acting as both President Obama’s chief economist and a member of the cabinet. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, including fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, technology policy, and domestic and international macroeconomics. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University. PolicyCast is a production of Harvard Kennedy School and is hosted by Staff Writer and Producer Ralph RanalliPolicyCast is co-produced by Susan Hughes.For more information please visit our web page or contact us at PolicyCast@hks.harvard.edu.


29 Sep 2021

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Why Help Wanted Signs are Everywhere with Jason Furman

The Recount Daily Pod

Millions of low wage jobs continue to go unfilled in the leisure, entertainment, retail and manufacturing industries. Is the $300 weekly federal unemployment benefit to blame, as some Republicans argue? Or is a fear of COVID, along with childcare issues at fault, as some Democrats contend? According to Harvard Professor of Practice Jason Furman, the truth is much more complicated. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


12 Jul 2021

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Jason Furman on Overheating, Inflation, and Fiscal Policy in an Era of Low Interest Rates

Macro Musings with David Beckworth

Jason Furman is a former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and is currently a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Jason is also a professor at Harvard University and he rejoins Macro Musings to talk about overheating, the inflation outlook, and the right way to think about fiscal policy in an era of low interest rates. Transcript for the episode can be found here: https://www.mercatus.org/bridge/tags/macro-musings Jason’s Twitter: @jasonfurman Jason’s Harvard profile: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/faculty/jason-furman Jason’s PIIE profile: https://www.piie.com/experts/senior-research-staff/jason-furman Related Links: *A Reconsideration of Fiscal Policy in the Era of Low Interest Rates* by Jason Furman and Larry Summers https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/programs/growthpolicy/reconsideration-fiscal-policy-era-low-interest-rates-jason David’s blog: macromarketmusings.blogspot.com David’s Twitter: @DavidBeckworth


28 Jun 2021

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'Unlocking digital competition': How important is competition in the tech world - and how can it be encouraged? A discussion with Prof. Jason Furman (Harvard) and Dessislava Savova (Clifford Chance)

The CSFI Round-table

Why you should watch: Two years ago, a team led by Harvard's Jason Furman published a report, written for the UK government, entitled 'Unlocking Digital Competition'. It made a number of recommendations for changes to UK competition policy, most of which have been accepted - though not all have yet been implemented. In the meantime, Europe and the US have also launched important initiatives in this area - and there are the beginnings of a global regulatory framework. Prof. Furman and Dessi Savova discuss the various approaches being followed around the world - and what impact they are likely to have on the shape of the BigTech industry.Moderators: Andrew Hilton (Director, CSFI) & Leighton Hughes (FinTech Lead, CSFI)Panellists:Jason Furman is Professor of Practise at Harvard's Kennedy School, focusing on economic policy. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute in Washington. He is a former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama, and has advised Democratic Presidential candidates from Al Gore to Joe Biden.Dessislava Savova is a Partner at Clifford Chance, a member of the Partnership Council and co-ordinator of the firm's Continental European Technology Group. She has a special interest in data, cyber and AI.


25 Feb 2021

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Episode 40 - With No Apologies to Jason Furman

Chop Shop Economics

With Election 2020 fading away a new question arises: does Joe Biden's team truly get how fucked things are? Join the Chop Shop crew as we dig for answers and stumble through the US COVID apocalypse, striking Amazon workers, Exxon-Mobil's woes, and more!

1hr 18mins

2 Dec 2020

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Jason Furman and Joshua Wright Debate: Do Digital Platforms Require a New Regulatory Regime?

Two Think Minimum

Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economics at Harvard University and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Joshua Wright, University Professor at Scalia Law School at George Mason University, executive director of the Global Antitrust Institute, and former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, participated in a lively debate moderated by TPI’s Thomas Lenard on Monday, October 26, 2020. The debate topic was: “Be it resolved: We need a new regulatory regime for digital platforms,” with Professor Furman arguing for the resolution and Professor Wright arguing against. The professors debated the merits of adopting a new regulatory regime for large digital platforms such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Over the last two years, at least four major reports from leading government and academic institutions have recommended proposals for further regulation, some including a new regulatory agency. Perhaps the most prominent of those reports was produced last year by the UK’s Digital Competition Expert Panel chaired by Professor Furman. The basic theme running through all these reports is that aggressive antitrust enforcement is not sufficient to constrain the market power of large digital platforms, and that we therefore need new regulations to supplement antitrust.


10 Nov 2020

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Avec Jason Furman, ancien conseiller économique de Barack Obama

On n'arrête pas l'éco

durée : 00:47:03 - On n'arrête pas l'éco - Ce samedi, débat sur le reconfinement : quelles logiques et quelles conséquences ? Et à trois jours de l'élection américaine, reportage en Floride et entretien avec Jason Furman, l'ancien conseiller économique de Barack Obama, pour faire le bilan des années Trump et se demander où va la première économie mondiale.


31 Oct 2020

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Jason Furman on Productivity, Competition, and Growth

Conversations with Tyler

Note: This conversation was recorded in January 2020. Tyler credits Jason Furman’s intellectual breadth, real-world experience, and emphasis on policy for making him the best economist in the world. Furman, despite not initially being interested in public policy, ultimately served as the chair of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama thanks to a call from Joe Stiglitz while still in grad school. His perspective is as idiosyncratic as his career trajectory, seeing the world of economic policy as a series of complex tradeoffs rather than something reducible to oversimplified political slogans. Jason joined Tyler for a wide-ranging conversation on how monopolies affect investment patterns, his top three recommendations to improve American productivity, why he’s skeptical of place-based development policies, what some pro-immigration arguments get wrong, why he’s more concerned about companies like Facebook and Google than he is Walmart and Amazon, the merits of a human rights approach to privacy, whether the EU treats tech companies fairly, having Matt Damon as a college roommate, the future of fintech, his highest objective when teaching economics, what he learned from coauthoring a paper with someone who disagrees with him, why he’s a prolific Goodreads reviewer, and more. Follow us on Twitter and IG: @cowenconvos Email: cowenconvos@mercatus.gmu.edu Follow Jason on Twitter Follow Tyler on Twitter Facebook Newsletter

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26 Aug 2020

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Amanpour: Oxiris Barbot, Dr. Sonia Adesara, Jason Furman and David Axelrod


Oxiris Barbot, New York City Health Commissioner, joins Christiane Amanpour to discuss the ongoing spread of the coronavirus and the city's response. Dr. Sonia Adesara, a doctor with the National Health Service, talks about her experiences on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic. Jason Furman, former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and a top economic adviser to President Obama during the financial crisis of 2008, discusses the impact the virus continues to have on the long term health of the economy. David Axelrod, former Senior Adviser to President Obama, explains how the coronavirus has reshaped the 2020 election.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy


16 Mar 2020

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Conference: Perspectives on French Colonial and Late Ottoman Cultural History

Podcasts from the UCLA International Institute

Panel 3: Ussama Makdisi (Rice University)

30 May 2019