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Economic Rockstar is created for you, the economist, financial analyst, teacher or student. If you are looking to expand your knowledge or awareness, Frank Conway delivers the information you just don't want to miss. Economic Rockstar brings to you each week an economist, financial analyst or business leader who shares their experiences, research interests or ideas. Hear their views on different schools of economic thinking - Chicago, Austrian, Keynesian and Classical, behavioral economics, stock markets, and how economics and finance can be used in our lives. Economic Rockstar interviews top-level lecturers and academics from highly renowned universities, best-selling authors and bloggers, inspirational CEOs and business leaders, as well as amazing and thought-provoking people who have recently discovered economics and finance and are carving out a career in their new-found passion. Guests in each episode gives us wonderful advice, takeaways and insights that will help you become part of the Economic Rockstar community that will be 'Connecting Brilliant Minds in Economics and Finance'.

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Economic Rockstar is created for you, the economist, financial analyst, teacher or student. If you are looking to expand your knowledge or awareness, Frank Conway delivers the information you just don't want to miss. Economic Rockstar brings to you each week an economist, financial analyst or business leader who shares their experiences, research interests or ideas. Hear their views on different schools of economic thinking - Chicago, Austrian, Keynesian and Classical, behavioral economics, stock markets, and how economics and finance can be used in our lives. Economic Rockstar interviews top-level lecturers and academics from highly renowned universities, best-selling authors and bloggers, inspirational CEOs and business leaders, as well as amazing and thought-provoking people who have recently discovered economics and finance and are carving out a career in their new-found passion. Guests in each episode gives us wonderful advice, takeaways and insights that will help you become part of the Economic Rockstar community that will be 'Connecting Brilliant Minds in Economics and Finance'.

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By Jay into - Aug 04 2016
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Recently found an interest in economics and love the different concepts in economics.

Awesome Podcast!

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Really enjoyed this show! Awesome content that spans from traditional finance and econ to bitcoin!

iTunes Ratings

123 Ratings
Average Ratings
109
8
2
2
2

Love the topics

By Jay into - Aug 04 2016
Read more
Recently found an interest in economics and love the different concepts in economics.

Awesome Podcast!

By Andrew.Berkowitz - Feb 26 2016
Read more
Really enjoyed this show! Awesome content that spans from traditional finance and econ to bitcoin!
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Economic Rockstar

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Economic Rockstar is created for you, the economist, financial analyst, teacher or student. If you are looking to expand your knowledge or awareness, Frank Conway delivers the information you just don't want to miss. Economic Rockstar brings to you each week an economist, financial analyst or business leader who shares their experiences, research interests or ideas. Hear their views on different schools of economic thinking - Chicago, Austrian, Keynesian and Classical, behavioral economics, stock markets, and how economics and finance can be used in our lives. Economic Rockstar interviews top-level lecturers and academics from highly renowned universities, best-selling authors and bloggers, inspirational CEOs and business leaders, as well as amazing and thought-provoking people who have recently discovered economics and finance and are carving out a career in their new-found passion. Guests in each episode gives us wonderful advice, takeaways and insights that will help you become part of the Economic Rockstar community that will be 'Connecting Brilliant Minds in Economics and Finance'.

Rank #1: 175: Glenn Hubbard on Leadership Values, Supply-Side Economics and Manhattanville

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Professor Glenn Hubbard is an American economist and academic. He is currently the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he is also Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics.

On September 13, 2018 he announced that he would not seek another term in his position as Dean after having served out his current term which ends on June 30, 2019. 

Glenn previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1991 to 1993, and as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from 2001 to 2003.

Professor Hubbard is a Visiting Scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, where he studies tax policy and health care.

Check out the show notes page at www.economicrockstar.com/glennhubbard

Feb 15 2019
22 mins
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Rank #2: 068: Daron Acemoglu on Why Nations Fail and Why Inequality Exists Between Countries

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Daron Acemoglu is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

Daron’s principal interests are political economy, development economics, economic growth, technology, income and wage inequality, human capital and training, and labour economics.

Daron received his M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

Daron is co-author of ‘Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty’ which can be found at whynationsfail.com

In this episode you will learn:

  • why nations fail and others prosper.
  • why Daron despises the term capitalism refereeing it as ‘and ugly term’.
  • why macro variables are second order to the type of institution when explaining the prosperity of a country.
  • why we should study political systems in an economics course.
  • how economic decisions get made.
  • if democracy is good for economic growth.
  • if the political economy or the type of institution of a country explain inequality.
  • and much more.
Jan 14 2016
51 mins
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Rank #3: 121: Doug McKee and Edward O'Neill on Teach Better and Using Technology in the Classroom

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Douglas McKee is a senior lecturer at the Department of Economics at Cornell University. Dr McKee teaches Econometrics, Probability and Statistics and has previously taught at Yale.

Doug’s research interests include Development Economics, Labor Economics, Health Economics and Structural Estimation

Edward O’Neill consults and serves to solve teaching & learning problems for professors, and supports academic and other projects with learning design and technology services.

Both Doug and Edward cohost the ‘Teach Better’ podcast focusing on expert-level university teaching & pedagogy.

You can check out the podcast over at teachbetter.co and on iTunes where there are currently 45 amazing episodes on teaching in the classroom and the education system.

Check out the resources, books and links mentioned by Doug and Edward at www.economicrockstar.com/dougandedward

Jan 30 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #4: 011: Steve Keen on Debunking Economics and the Misinterpretation of Keynes

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Steve Keen is Professor of Economics and Head of Department of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University, London. Steve's interpretative analysis is quite different to the norm. Steve likes to be known socially as an anti-economist and has spent 40 years fighting delusion in economics. That delusion has led us into a crisis and Steve may have finally won his battle... or has he? Steve is the winner of the Revere Award for being the economist who most convincingly warned of the economic crisis and whose work is most likely to prevent another one. He topped the poll beating Roubini, Shiller, Soros, Stiglitz and Krugman.

Economic Themes:

In this interview, Steve mentions and discusses: Keynesian economics, supply, demand and equilibrium,demand curves, Debt/GDP ratio, financial crisis, housing market bubble, IS-LM model,

Economists and Economic Schools:

In this interview, Steve mentions: Frank Stilwell, John Maynard Keynes, Hyman Minsky, John Hicks, Paul Krugman, Paul Samuelson, Marshallian economics (Alfred Marshall), Walrasian Economics (Leon Walrasian)

Find Out:
  • how Steve saw the 2008 financial crisis coming when he investigated Debt/GDP levels.
  • Steve's views on current economic teachings in many school, colleges and universities around the world.
  • what should be done at these colleges and how a pluralist approach to teaching economics is best.
  • about Steve's thoughts on the treatment of Keynesian economics.
  • about Steve's involvement in a Marvel-style comic book dedicated to teaching economics.
  • and much more.

You can find all the links and books mentioned by Steve at http://www.economicrockstar.com/stevekeen

Dec 18 2014
50 mins
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Rank #5: 050: Dan Ariely on Irrational Behavior and the Importance of Our Environment When Making Decisions

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Dan Ariely is Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University in North Carolina. Dan’s interests span a wide range of behaviors, and his sometimes unusual experiments are consistently interesting, amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom.

Dan is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty and his latest book Irrationally Yours is now available.

Dan received a B.A in Psychology from Tel Aviv University, an M.A and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from University of North Carolina and another PhD in Business Administration from Duke University.

In this episode you will learn:

  • about Dan Ariely’s traumatic experience resulting in severe burns.
  • how Dan found his love for psychology and behavioral economics.
  • why Dan will not be teaching his Irrational Behavior course on Coursera.
  • the problems with MOOCs like Coursera and why it is making the wrong choice regarding its open platform system.
  • why Dan was turned down for his first book - a cookbook and what advice he was given by a publisher.
  • why we as humans make very costly mistakes and what we can do about it.
  • how people eat more than they realise and how experiments in economics have shown this.
  • why we are bad at doing things that makes us happy.
  • the most common mistake companies make when making decisions or processing information.
  • if anger is a good or bad emotion.
  • the most surprising finding from Dan Ariely’s research.
  • the most surprising question put to Dan in his Ask Ariely column.
  • how your environment matters when making decisions.
  • and much more.
  • Subscribe on iTunes and never miss an episode.
Sep 17 2015
58 mins
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Rank #6: 078: Arnold Kling on the Hidden Story of How Markets Work, the Mortgage Crisis and How We Pay for Health Care

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Arnold Kling is a Mercatus Center–affiliated senior scholar at George Mason University and a member of the Financial Markets Working Group.

Arnold specializes in housing-finance policy, financial institutions, macroeconomics, and the inside workings of America’s federal financial institutions. He also is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.

He has authored five books, including Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care and Invisible Wealth: The Hidden Story of How Markets Work.

Arnold has published articles in the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Forbes, among others, and he blogs at arnoldkling.com/blog/.

Previously, Arnold served as a senior economist at Freddie Mac and a staff economist on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

He started Homefair, one of the first commercial websites on the Internet.

Arnold Kling received his PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Check out the show notes page with all links and resources mentioned in this episode at www.economicrockstar.com/arnoldkling

Mar 24 2016
56 mins
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Rank #7: 170: Jim Rogers on Investing in 2019 and the US Debt Problem

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Jim Rogers is an American businessman and financial commentator based in Singapore.  He is the Chairman of Rogers Holdings and Beeland Interests, Inc.

In 1973, Jim co-founded of the Quantum Fund with George Soros and having retired at the age of 37, Jim spent some of his time traveling on a motorcycle around the world - a Guinness World Record and one which is documented in Investment Biker, a international bestselling book.

He has been a guest professor of finance at the Columbia Business School.

In 1998 he created the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI) and has been an outspoken advocate of agriculture investments.

Between 1999 and 2002, Jim and his wife did another Guinness World Record journey travelling 116 countries in a custom-made Mercedes. He wrote Adventure Capitalist following this around-the-world adventure.

In 2007, Jim moved to Singapore due to the investment growth potential in Asia.

In this episode Jim shares some excellent advice about how you should approach investing and what the next 10 to 20 years could turn out for the global economy. He suggests that North Korea, Russia and agriculture are contrarian bets that will have positive payoffs for those of us willing to go against the crowd. Also, I ask him about his views on cryptos and blockchain and whether he as any advice for you if you feel stuck in your job or if you’re undecided about what you should do if starting out on your career path.

Check out the books and links mentioned in this episode at www.economicrockstar.com/jimrogers

Support the podcast for as little as $1 per month at www.patreon.com/economicrockstar

Dec 23 2018
56 mins
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Rank #8: 034: David Simon on Meatonomics and How the Meat and Dairy Industry Impose Substantial Negative Externalities on Society

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David Robinson Simon is a lawyer and advocate for sustainable consumption.

David works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the Animal Protection and Rescue League Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals.

David runs a website that keeps us up-to-date on matters arising from the farm animal industry as well as informing us of other animal-related causes.

David received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is the author of two books: New Millennium Law Dictionary, a full-length legal dictionary and Meatonomics

He lives in Southern California with his partner, artist Tania Marie, and their rabbit, tortoise, and two cats.

Find Out:
  • why David, a lawyer, turned to economics to explain how the meat industry is a cost to society.
  • about the lack of rights that exist for farm animals.
  • how the farming community set the standards on how farm animals are treated.
  • how the Customary Farming Extension was introduced to legally treat farm animals inhumanely.
  • about the environmental costs associated with producing animal products.
  • how to control or even reverse climate change by reducing meat consumption.
  • how taking shorter showers is not going to alleviate the drought in California.
  • what the true external cost to society is when someone consumes an animal product.
  • how deferring climate change measures today will impose greater costs on society in the future.
  • what David, who is a vegan, had for breakfast this morning.
  • the ingredients to David’s ‘power smoothie’ - a refreshing and nutrient dense meal in a glass!
  • how companies are being subsidised by government to lower the retail price of meat.
  • about the heavy subsidies being paid out to the meat industry.
  • how artificially-low meat and dairy prices are fuelled by out-of-whack farm subsidies.

  • about Ireland’s removal of milk quotas and what it means for market prices.
  • and much, much more.
  • Subscribe on iTunes and never miss an episode.
May 28 2015
43 mins
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Rank #9: 104: Russ Roberts on How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life and the Theory of Moral Sentiments

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Russ Roberts is Associate Editor, founder and host of the popular and much loved podcast EconTalk, and founding advisory board member of the Library of Economics and Liberty.

Russ is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

His two rap videos on the ideas of John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek, created with filmmaker John Papola, have had more than eight million views on YouTube.

Russ’ latest book How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness takes the lessons from Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments and applies them to modern life.

Russ is also the author of three economic novels teaching economic lessons and ideas through fiction. The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity, The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance and The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism.

Russ blogs at CafeHayek.com and archives his work at russroberts.info.

Check out the links, books and resources mentioned by Russ at www.economicrockstar.com/russroberts

Sep 22 2016
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #10: 150: Chris Blattman on Crime, Cocaine, Chicago Gangs and the Colombia Mafia

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Chris Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at The University of Chicago’s Pearson Institute and Harris Public Policy.

He is an economist and political scientist who studies poverty, violence and crime in developing countries.

Chris has designed and evaluated strategies for tackling poverty, including cash transfers to the poorest.

Much of his work is with the victims and perpetrators of crime and violence, testing the link between poverty and violence.

His recent work looks at other sources of and solutions to violence.

These solutions range from behavioral therapy to social norm change and local-level state building.

He has worked mainly in Colombia, Liberia, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Chicago’s South Side.

Dr. Blattman was previously a faculty member at Columbia and Yale Universities, and holds a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Administration and International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School.

He chairs the Peace & Recovery sector at Innovations for Poverty Action and the Crime, Violence and Conflict initiative at MIT’s Poverty Action Lab.

Check out the show notes page for all the links, books and resources mentioned in this episode over at www.economicrockstar.com/chrisblattman

Support the podcast for as little as $1 per month over at Patreon: www.patreon.com/economicrockstar

Jul 28 2018
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #11: 084: Mises v Marx: A Discussion with Peter Boettke

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Peter Boettke is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, and the Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.  

This is Professor Boettke's second time being featured on the Economic Rockstar podcast. You can listen to Peter's first interview in episode 82 at www.economicrockstar.com/peterboettke

Professor Boettke is also the author of 'Living Economics', a book in which he decided to hand over all his royalties from its sale to help sponsor scholarships for students to attend Universidad Francisco Marroquin Guatemala City, Guatemala. According to Milton Friedman, it is "one of the leading universities in Latin America.”

May 05 2016
1 hour
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Rank #12: 043: Herbert Gintis on Game Theory and the Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding Human Behavior

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Herbert Gintis is Emeritus Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts and visiting Professor at Central European University.

He is known for his theoretical contributions to sociobiology, especially altruism, cooperation, epistemic game theory and gene-culture co-evolution.

Herbert has a B.A and M.A in Mathematics but switched his PhD program at Harvard from mathematics to economics.

Professor Gintis was part of a group of economists who developed their ideas on a new economics which encompassed issues of alienation of labor, racism, sexism, and imperialism.

Herbert has worked extensively with economist Samuel Bowles, writing their landmark book, Schooling in Capitalist America.

One of Herbert’s latest books The Bounds of Reason emphasises the unification of economic theory with sociobiology and other behavioral sciences which, in the words of Nobel Prize-winning economist, Vernon L. Smith, “is firmly in the revolutionary tradition of David Hume (Convention) and Adam Smith (Sympathy)”.

In the episode you will learn:
  • about the importance of trans-disciplinary research and collaboration.
  • why economics is not the only social science that explains human behavior.
  • how biology, economics and sociology explain the behaviour of humans in different ways and which discipline is correct?
  • about the Ultimatum Game and how it shows the cooperative and non-cooperative behaviour of humans.
  • about the morality of humans and how we reciprocate kindness with kindness and unkindness with unkindness.
  • why reciprocity makes humans so successful as a species.
  • why some species have a symbiotic relationship with other species, which is not the same as reciprocity.
  • how we can fit all the human feelings together to form a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding human behavior.
  • why we always need a system to punish free-riders and non-cooperators.
  • how the future structure of the University can be seen at Arizona State University today.
  • why we need a new generation of thinkers and research centres who are trans-disciplinary.
  • what projects Professor Herbert Gintis is working on right now.
  • why morality controls politics and your vote will not make a difference.
  • how Herbert gets things done in terms of writing books and journal articles.
  • about Herbert’s disagreement with Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
  • why Herbert believes that macroeconomics is wrong and is in agreement with Taleb on that issue.
  • and much much more.
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Jul 30 2015
50 mins
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Rank #13: 082: Peter Boettke on Smith and Keynes and Why We Should Be 'Living Economics'

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Peter Boettke is Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, and the Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Peter is now the co-author, along with David Prychitko, of the classic principles of economics texts of Paul Heyne's The Economic Way of Thinking.

Professor Boettke’s most recent book, Living Economics, provides a resource for how teachers and students can engage in many fascinating questions in economics and illuminates the core principles that should guide our thinking.

Peter’s efforts in the classroom have earned him a number of distinctions including the Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University and the George Mason University Alumni Association's 2009 Faculty Member of the Year award.

Peter’s research has primarily been in the area of comparative political and economic systems and the consequences with regard to material progress and political freedom.

Check out the show notes page for all the links, books and resources mentioned by Peter at www.economicrockstar.com/peterboettke

Apr 21 2016
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #14: 074: Peter Leeson on The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates

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Peter T. Leeson is Duncan Black Professor of Economics and Law at George Mason University.

He is also a Senior Fellow at the F.A. Hayek Program for the Advanced Study of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as well as the North American Editor of Public Choice.

Peter is author of The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates and Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think.

In this episode you will learn:
  • why Peter decided to study the economics of pirates.
  • the similarities between The Invisible Hand and The Invisible Hook.
  • how pirates were rational thinkers and social revolutionaries.
  • how the Pirate Code created a social order that was economically beneficial to the crew.
  • why unemployed sailors became buccaneers and pirates.
  • the signalling effect of the Jolly Roger flag and why pirates used it as they approached a merchant ship.
  • and much much more.
Feb 25 2016
56 mins
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Rank #15: 067: Leigh Caldwell on Cognitive Economics and the Mathematics of Behavioral Economics

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Leigh Caldwell is a behavioural economist based in London.

Leigh, together with Elina Halonen, runs the Irrational Agency, which takes the latest scientific discoveries in psychology and behavioural economics, blends it with their hands-on experience of marketing and business, and turns them into powerful, incisive market research techniques.

In 2012, Leigh condensed his experience in pricing and the marketing of several of his businesses into a new book The Psychology of Price: How to use price to increase demand, profit and customer satisfaction.

Leigh is co-founder of the London Behavioural Economics Network, writes for the Pricing Revolution and the Knowing and Making blogs, and regularly features as an economics commentator on BBC News, Radio 4, Research Magazine and other media.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • the importance of academics and practitioners working together to further the discipline of economics.
  • why finding the sweet-spot between controlled experiments and realism is difficult yet important.
  • why mathematics is essential for theorising and modelling economics, especially behavioural economics.
  • why a lack of mathematics is holding back the discipline of behavioral economics.
  • why we shouldn’t use the current maths of economics to explain human behavior.
  • about the need to use the mathematics of computer science in behavioral economics.
  • whether big data could influence an individuals' consumption behaviors.
  • what cognitive economics is and how different it is the behavioral economics.
  • about the paradox of self-awareness in cognitive economics when faced with choices.
  • and much, much more.
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Jan 07 2016
56 mins
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Rank #16: 075: Kate Bahn on Monopsony in the Market for Teachers and the Economics of Retirement

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Kate Bahn is an economist at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Kate is also the co-founder and managing editor of Lady Economist, an amazing blog with rich content on how economics impacts women and girls.

Kate’s economics writing has been featured in the Guardian, the Nation, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Good Magazine among others.

She is also an active member of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Kate received her PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research, where she also worked as a researcher for the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis.

Kate’s scholarly research includes labor economics, gender in the economy, caring labor, and retirement.

In this episode you will learn:

  • what is a monopsony market
  • why early-career teachers leave their profession within the first five years.
  • about the International Association for Feminist Economics.
  • about the economics of retirement.
  • whether women are more risk averse than men or whether it is gender-stereotyping.
  • which US President should be removed from a US bill and what female should replace him.
  • and much more.
  • Subscribe to the Economic Rockstar podcast on iTunes and never miss an episode again.
Mar 03 2016
48 mins
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Rank #17: 115: Edward Conard on the Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class

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Edward Conard is the author of the New York Times top-ten bestselling book, Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong (2012), and his recent book The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class which reached #7 on the New York Times Bestsellers list and is #1  on the New York Times business book list month. He is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. and former Bain Capital partner.

Ed Conard has debated economists, policymakers and journalists on topics related to inequality, the 2008 mortgage crisis, and the U.S. budget. He has appeared on television over 150 times, most notably when he debated Jon Stewart in one of the longest interviews in the Daily Show’s history. Ed has also written opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs and many other respected publications.

Check out all the links, books and resources mentioned by ed conard at www.economicrockstar.com/edwardconard.

Dec 09 2016
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #18: 029: John Cochrane on the Future of Finance, MOOC Education, Regulation and the Case for Free Markets

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John Cochrane is the AQR Capital Management Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Professor Cochrane is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and past director of its asset pricing program, and an Adjunct Scholar of the CATO institute.

John is past President and Fellow of the American Finance Association, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He has been an Editor of the Journal of Political Economy, and associate editor of several journals including the Journal of Monetary Economics.

John’s is the author of 3 books including the book Asset Pricing. Other  finance publications include articles on stock and bond markets, exchange rates, interest rates, liquidity premiums and option pricing.

John's monetary economics publications include articles on the relationship between deficits and inflation, the effects of monetary policy, and on the fiscal theory of the price level.

John currently teaches the MBA class Advanced Investments and a variety of PhD classes in Asset Pricing and Monetary Economics.

John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at MIT, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley.

In addition to research and teaching, John is a competitive sailplane pilot and windsurfs.

John blogs as 'The Grumpy Economist'.

Find Out:
  • why Professor Cochrane is known as the Grumpy Economist.
  • about John’s Proposed New Structure for US Debt.
  • how to create financial stability with a currency fit for the 21st century.
  • about the advantages of government debt.
  • what happened when Ireland guaranteed the bondholders and entered into a bailout.
  • the limitations to a eurozone country when faced with a bailout.
  • why countries should be allowed to act like companies and default.
  • why Greece should have defaulted and why Ireland should not have bailed out the bondholders.
  • about Professor Cochrane competing in the World Gliding Championship for the USA.
  • why Professor Cochrane delivered his Asset Pricing PhD course as a MOOC.
  • the costs and benefits of delivering a MOOC.
  • how MOOCs will become the textbook of the future.
  • how to monetize a MOOC and which type of course would have mass market appeal.
  • Ireland’s aim to become the capital of MOOCs.
  • how to create a social environment for students using MOOCs.
  • why Professor Cochrane went from a degree in physics to a PhD in Economics.

  • why people are stuck in the welfare system.
  • and much much more.
Apr 23 2015
50 mins
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Rank #19: 125: Eugene Fama on the Efficient Market Hypothesis, the Federal Funds Rate, Bitcoin and Daily Routines

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Eugene F. Fama is Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Professor Fama was awarded the 2013 Nobel laureate in economic sciences and is widely recognized as the "father of modern finance."

Professor Fama's research is well known in both the academic and investment communities. He is strongly identified with research on markets, particularly the efficient markets hypothesis. He focuses much of his research on the relation between risk and expected return and its implications for portfolio management. His work has transformed the way finance is viewed and conducted.

Check out the show notes page at www.economicrockstar.com/eugenefama

Support the Economic Rockstar podcast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/economicrockstar

Jan 25 2018
1 hour
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Rank #20: 022: Josh Angrist on Taking the Con Out of Econometrics - Kung Fu Style

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Master Joshway, better known as Josh Angrist, is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and a Research Associate in the NBER's programs on Children, Education, and Labor Studies. Josh received his B.A. from Oberlin College, spent time as an undergraduate studying at the London School of Economics and as a Masters student at Hebrew University. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton.

Angrist's research interests include the effects of school inputs and school organization on student achievement; the impact of education and social programs on the labor market; the effects of immigration, labor market regulation and institutions; and econometric methods for program and policy evaluation.

Josh is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Econometric Society, and has served on many editorial boards and as a Co-editor of the Journal of Labor Economics. 

Josh is the author (with Steve Pischke) of Mostly Harmless Economics as well as Mastering 'Metrics.

Find out in this episode how Josh went from High School drop-out to Professor of Economics at MIT.

Find out:
  • about Master Joshway and Master Steveway - the Kung Fu Economists.
  • how Josh went from working in a mental hospital to working in MIT.
  • where the names Master Joshway and Master SteveFu came from.
  • why Josh is a critic of macroeconomics.
  • the difference between traditional applied micro and applied micro today.
  • Josh’s views on using assumptions in microeconomics.
  • how to design an microeconomics experiment using randomized trials.
  • why Freakonomics is a must read for students or potential students of economics.
  • why being born later in the year is good for your educational attainment.
  • about Josh’s lucky breaks in life.
  • why Josh dropped out of school at 16 and about his army sergeant stripes.
  • about Josh’s hyper Jim Kramer-like teaching style.
  • about an amazing list of economists that have personally influenced Josh.

  • what helps Josh clear his head and keep in shape.
  • and much much more.
Mar 05 2015
1 hour
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