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Political Economy with Jim Pethokoukis

Tune in each week as James Pethokoukis interviews economists, business leaders, academics and others on the most important and interesting issues of the day. You can find all episodes at AEI, Ricochet, and wherever podcasts are downloaded, and look for follow-up transcripts and blog posts at aei.org.

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Ben Thompson: Big Tech monopoly, data privacy, and the rise of China

In this week's Political Economy, Ben Thompson discusses Big Tech's dominance, data privacy, content moderation, the rise of China, and more. The post Ben Thompson: Big Tech monopoly, data privacy, and the rise of China appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

34mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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Dalibor Rohac on globalism, nationalism, and conservatism

On this episode, Dalibor Rohac joins us to make the case for a globalist approach to international relations in an era where the political mainstream has taken a nationalist turn. The post Dalibor Rohac on globalism, nationalism, and conservatism appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

29mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Hal Varian: In defense of Big Tech

Google economist Hal Varian addresses the concern that technological growth may have been stagnant since the 1960s, and that Big Tech is responsible for the lack of innovation.  The post Hal Varian: In defense of Big Tech appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

32mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Bryan Caplan on open borders

According to George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan, both the United States and the rest of the world would benefit greatly if they opened their borders and allowed anyone in the world to live and work wherever they chose. The post Bryan Caplan on open borders appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

45mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Stephen Davies on the origins and future of the wealth explosion

On this episode, economic historian Stephen Davies discusses his new book, The Wealth Explosion. He explains the origins of Western prosperity, and he discusses how the world can maintain and extend this prosperity. The post Stephen Davies on the origins and future of the wealth explosion appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

36mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Alan Viard on America’s tax system after the TCJA

On this episode, AEI's Alan Viard returns to discuss the effects of the 2017 tax cuts and the future of American tax policy. The post Alan Viard on America’s tax system after the TCJA appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

36mins

16 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Daniel Shoag: Reduce inequality and boost growth by building more housing

On this episode, Daniel Shoag talks to us about why housing prices have skyrocketed in many cities, and how this could be fixed in order to unlock a great deal of economic potential. The post Daniel Shoag: Reduce inequality and boost growth by building more housing appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

36mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Michael Strain: The American Dream is not dead

Michael Strain joins Political Economy to discuss his new book, The American Dream Is Not Dead. We evaluate claims about stagnant wages and declining mobility. We also highlight the importance of economic growth for creating opportunity and reducing poverty. And we discuss the recent rise in populism in the wake of the Great Recession. The post Michael Strain: The American Dream is not dead appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

41mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Margaret O’Mara on Silicon Valley’s past, present, and future

On this episode, Margaret O'Mara talks to us about her new book, The Code, a history of the rise of Silicon Valley. The post Margaret O’Mara on Silicon Valley’s past, present, and future appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

38mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Kimberly Clausing: The progressive case for globalization

On this episode, Kimberly Clausing makes the progressive case for globalization, describing how free trade and immigration are good for Americans while also stressing that more can be done to help those adversely affected by free trade. The post Kimberly Clausing: The progressive case for globalization appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

33mins

15 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Will Rinehart: Big Tech, broadband access, and artificial intelligence

On this episode, Will Rinehart discusses criticisms of Google, Facebook, and Amazon, defending them against charges of corporate concentration and exploitative data use. We also discuss rural broadband access and the best policies to advance artificial intelligence. The post Will Rinehart: Big Tech, broadband access, and artificial intelligence appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

41mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Avi Loeb on the search for life beyond Earth

On this episode, astronomy professor Avi Loeb discusses his recent work on federal leadership in science and technology innovation, how to think about the future of space exploration, and the interstellar object 'Oumuamua. The post Avi Loeb on the search for life beyond Earth appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

36mins

18 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Lori Ann LaRocco: Trade wars have consequences

On this episode, Lori Ann LaRocco reflects on the effects of the United States' trade war with China, and the future of US-China trade relations in light of the recently announced Phase One trade deal. The post Lori Ann LaRocco: Trade wars have consequences appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

20mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Carl Benedikt Frey on the technology trap

On this episode, Carl Benedikt Frey assesses the possible effects of automation on employment and economic growth in both the short and long term. The post Carl Benedikt Frey on the technology trap appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

37mins

6 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Deirdre McCloskey on why liberalism works

On this episode, Deirdre McCloskey talks about some of the important ideas in her new book, "Why Liberalism Works." The post Deirdre McCloskey on why liberalism works appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

1hr 5mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Scott Lincicome on the trade war

On this episode, Scott Lincicome talks about the ultimate economic costs of the trade war with China, and about who bears those costs. The post Scott Lincicome on the trade war appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

37mins

16 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Michael Strain on inequality in America

On this episode, Michael Strain talks to us about popular proposals to combat wealth inequality in America. The post Michael Strain on inequality in America appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

31mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Dietrich Vollrath: Is America’s economy fully grown?

Dietrich Vollrath discusses his new book, 'Fully Grown: Why a Stagnant Economy Is a Sign of Success,' and explores the implications of an economy that grows more slowly because of shifts in demographics and consumption habits. The post Dietrich Vollrath: Is America’s economy fully grown? appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

21mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Branko Milanovic: The future of capitalism

In this week's Political Economy, Branko Milanovic discusses the future of capitalism, the political significance of inequality, and the compatibility of capitalism and democracy. The post Branko Milanovic: The future of capitalism appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

29mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Roger Bootle: The AI economy

Roger Bootle discusses how artificial intelligence and digital technologies will impact productivity and the labor market, both in the long term and as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession. The post Roger Bootle: The AI economy appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

20mins

15 Apr 2020

Rank #20